The Future Of Jalen Hurts

The Future Of Jalen Hurts

What is the Alabama quarterback really trying to say about the upcoming season?

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Rumors of Jalen Hurts transferring have been circling around the college football world since January. And seven months later we still don't have a clear answer. But, what we did finally get was Hurt's opinion on how he's been treated since he was benched halfway through the national championship.

"They kinda, I guess, didn't think it was a thing, or tried to let it die down like it wasn't something there," Hurts said. "It's just always been an elephant in the room, and it's like, for me, no one came up to me the whole spring, coaches included. No one asked how I felt."

Just reading these quotes plants the seed in every Bama fan's mind that he's gone. Nick Saban said at SEC media day, that he is not sure if Hurts will be on the team this fall. But Hurts swiftly put those rumors to rest, and even hinted at possible miss communication between him and Saban.

"I told him in June that I'd be here," Hurts said. "It was never a decision that had to be made in regards to me leaving. That was something that the general media placed on me and I kinda never said it."

Both of these statements are very unusual when compared to former UA quarterback competitions. There usually isn't this kind of miscommunication. But this is no usual situation. We're talking about a guy who is 26-2 as a starter, threw for 17 touchdowns last year to only one interception and lead his team to back to back national championships.

With all these accomplishments and statistics it still doesn't trump the fact that Nick Saban has a specific system when it comes to picking a starting quarterback.

Looking back on all of the decisions regarding the quarterback position, no matter how different each ones personal situation was, the timing of the decision has always been consistent. The competition has always been decided after the first game of the regular season. Stuff like that will never change and Hurts knows that.

What's also really interesting about both of Jalen's comments is that they are sort of contradictory. Additionally, Hurts also said that in the interview that he is shocked that Saban hasn't made a decision on the starter yet. But as I just said that kind of thing doesn't get solved until the regular season. Hurts went through it in 2015 when he won the starting job. So if he already knows Saban's process, why is he surprised or may be concerned about the lack of urgency on the decision? Does he actually want to transfer? If so then why did he deny it and say he's staying? See what I mean?

I think Jalen is trying to say is that he doesn't think he's going to start. If he wants to know the decision on the position now and he is 100% going to stay so he can graduate, then he's is going to want a head start into looking at teams to transfer to for the next season. Just name Tua the starter now, so I can get a head start on where I want to spend my last year, is what he's probably thinking. Or probably what he and his dad are thinking. It'd be an extremely important decision that shouldn't be rushed, so it would make sense to want a lot of time to consider his options.

Even though these comments are concerning, there is still a whole lot of time before any decision is made. When asked, Saban has stated that he has no idea who the starter will be at this point. In a month in a half Hurts could be the starter and all of this speculation can be put to rest. But until then that's all we can do.

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.

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1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten


Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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The end is just the beginning of a new story.

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Now, it's my turn to start putting myself first and become an even better version of me.

Always make sure that you take care of yourself in every possible situation; Your health is the most important thing about you. If you don't take care of yourself before you try to take care of someone else, it will only end badly for both people involved.

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