Alabama got a bit of bad news today that in no way will do anything to slow down the machine Nick Saban has built in Tuscaloosa: Backup quarterback Blake Barnett is transferring.
It’s certainly understandable why Barnett would want to transfer. He’s a five-star recruit who was beat out by freshman Jalen Hurts. Barnett doesn’t really have a clear path back into the starting lineup, so moving on makes a lot of sense for his future.
Saban does not see it that way, though, as he explained to host Eli Gold on his weekly radio show. Barnett was not directly named in the exchange, but the host asked Saban about players transferring after the news today, and here’s how he responded, via SECCountry.com:
“I played so long ago I don’t think anybody even knew you could transfer. I don’t think they knew anything about it. It’s one of those things where I think the culture has changed a little bit. There’s certain pride people have in competition. There’s certain things I was taught growing up about not quitting and seeing things through. I think if I’d come home and told my dad that I was going to quit the team, I think he’d have kicked me out of the house. “
Now this is where we’ll remind about the time Nick Saban walked away from the Dolphins job with three years remaining on his contract in order to take the Alabama job.
Saban certainly didn’t “see things through” in Miami — you could even say he “quit.” And that’s OK. He clearly made the right decision for him. But the same is true for Barnett, who will have a better opportunity to play and impress pro scouts. It’s hard to convince NFL teams to pay you lots of money from the bench.
Barnett made a business decision, just like Saban did eight years ago.
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