- Nick Saban is under scrutiny for his decision to leave Tua Tagovailoa in a blowout game that eventually led to his injury.
- With a dislocated hip, Tagovailoa’s season is over.
- The injury history Tagovailoa now has could impact his draft status.
There is rarely ever a good reason to be critical of Alabama head coach Nick Saban. Since taking over the Crimson Tide in 2007, he has guided the team to six national championships, eight SEC championships, 11 top-ten finishes in the AP Poll and eight top-five finishes. His players rarely get into trouble, and many go on to great success in the NFL.
But after a decision he made Saturday indirectly led to a season-ending injury for one player, Tua Tagovailoa, many are questioning Saban. Some are even calling for his job.
The Injury To Tua Tagovailoa
The injury occurred late in the second half of Alabama’s game Saturday against Mississippi State. The Crimson Tide already had a comfortable 35-7 lead against a team they were heavily favored to beat. For some reason, Saban still had his star quarterback in the game. He later said he was planning on taking Tagovailoa out after the drive he was hurt on.
But Saban wanted him to get some practice running the two-minute drill in-game. So, he left him in, and then this happened:
Tagovailoa ended up going to the hospital. After the game, Saban shared what he knew with the media about the extent of the injury:
Later in the evening, the news broke that it was a dislocated hip and that Tagovailoa’s season is over:
Whenever a star player gets hurt, it is not uncommon for the media and fans to blame the head coach for not having the foresight to take that player out before the injury occurred.