Hurts mum on whether Mon­day’s game will be his last at Alabama

The Catoosa County News - - SPORTS - By Scott Ra­bal­ais sra­bal­[email protected]­vo­

Was Mon­day’s Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off Na­tional Cham­pi­onship Game the last game for Alabama quar­ter­back Jalen Hurts? If it is, he isn’t say­ing. Hurts, who lost the start­ing job to Heis­man Tro­phy run­ner-up Tua Tago­v­ailoa this sea­son, is widely ex­pected to trans­fer, though ac­cord­ing to a story on he has not sub­mit­ted his name into the NCAA trans­fer por­tal. Hurts’ fa­ther last spring pro­claimed his son the “big­gest free agent in col­lege foot­ball his­tory” dur­ing the bat­tle with Tago­v­ailoa to be Alabama’s start­ing quar­ter­back.

Asked at Satur­day’s Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off me­dia day by Sports Il­lus­trated about pos­si­bly leav­ing Bama, Hurts said: “That doesn’t have any­thing to do with Clem­son, so I don’t know what to say.” Asked a sim­i­lar ques­tion later by an­other re­porter, Hurts smiled and walked away.

Hurts, 26-2 as a starter, came off the bench in De­cem­ber for an in­jured Tago­v­ailoa in the SEC Cham­pi­onship Game in At­lanta, throw­ing and run­ning for a pair of fourth-quar­ter touch­downs in the Crim­son Tide’s 35-28 come­back vic­tory over Ge­or­gia.

Sankey okay with CFP choice

SEC com­mis­sioner Greg Sankey said Sun­day he be­lieved Ge­or­gia de­served a shot at the CFP semi­fi­nals even af­ter the loss to Alabama but could live with the Bull­dogs be­ing left out.

“I felt they mer­ited con­sid­er­a­tion as a top-four team,” Sankey said. “But I re­spect the com­mit­tee’s de­ci­sion.”

Ge­or­gia went to the Sugar Bowl in­stead and lost 28-21 to Texas.

Sankey, the other FBS com­mis­sion­ers and Notre Dame were set to meet here Mon­day to dis­cuss how to pos­si­bly make the CFP bet­ter. How­ever, Sankey was clear to point out, that doesn’t mean a pre­cur­sor to play­off ex­pan­sion.

Sankey is in fa­vor of the four-team sta­tus quo.

“There was a set of prin­ci­ples set down when the play­off was cre­ated, and I don’t see where those prin­ci­ples are now wrong,” he said. “But you will al­ways have dis­agree­ment.”

Cb­ss­ re­ported Sun­day that Big Ten com­mis­sioner Jim De­lany re­quested a re­view of CFP se­lec­tion pro­to­col at a meet­ing at last year’s cham­pi­onship game in At­lanta. De­lany was re­port­edly con­cerned about con­fer­ences play­ing a dif­fer­ent num­ber of league games and wanted clar­ity on the im­por­tance of win­ning a con­fer­ence ti­tle.

SAN JOSE, Calif. —

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