Last weekend's Alabama game became a side show to an exchange between Nick Saban and ESPN's Maria Taylor. The question was completely legit: "What answers did you have about your quarterbacks after watching both of them play tonight?"
But Coach Saban wasn't happy and immediately lashed out at her, telling her to "quit asking" about his quarterbacks.
Social media immediately came to Maria Taylor's defense, and there's really little question that Nick Saban was in the wrong here.
Really not surprised that Nick Saban was a complete jerk in his postgame interview with Maria Taylor. Is he a great coach? Obviously. Is he also a total jerk at times. No doubt. I wish someone would go right back at him.— David Kaplan (@thekapman) September 2, 2018
Maria Taylor: What did you see from your qbs today??— Robert Flores (@RoFlo) September 2, 2018
Nick Saban: As God as my witness, you will rue the day you asked such a question!!!! Now, good day!! I said good day!!#RollTide
There was absolutely nothing wrong with the question Maria Taylor asked Nick Saban last night. He is handling the qb thing his own way and that’s fine. But to expect not to be asked about it is ridiculous. #Alabama— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) September 2, 2018
COLUMN: Saban erupted with Maria Taylor because he won't say that Tua Tagovailoa is Alabama's quarterback. If Saban is worried about "respect," he can start by telling the truth. https://t.co/3vOlJXY1MX via @usatoday— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) September 2, 2018
The good news is that even Coach Saban understood he owed an apology. Maria Taylor, speaking to ESPN's Paul Finebaum, acknowledges that Saban apologized even before hearing about all the backlash:
"I received a call from Saban even before I got to the highway leaving the stadium. That's how passionate he was about getting the apology out. It wasn't after he heard a backlash about it or negative talk, it was how he felt immediately in that moment. And I'm so thankful, and I respect him for making that call."
Great to have @MariaTaylor7 on the show today from College Station!— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) September 6, 2018
She previewed the big game & also spoke for the first time about Saturday night's postgame interview with Nick Saban.
Listen to the full interview right here: https://t.co/ZE4gZ3m92w pic.twitter.com/Uj8sc99kHU
So Nick has apologized, and Maria has accepted his apology. And for what it's worth, Saban finally answered the question everyone wanted answered a couple of days later: Tua Tagovailoa is the starting quarterback for the Crimson Tide.
We can all move along now.