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Nick Saban Sent A Clear Message To Jalen Hurts' Father Tuesday

A closeup of Nick Saban on the Alabama sideline.

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Nick Saban likely isn't going to name a starting quarterback until his team's opener against Louisville in early September, but Tuesday, he did offer some advice to the two players - Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa - in the running for the gig. He also sent a message to Hurts' father in the process.

Tuesday, Saban dropped a number of interesting quotes - including one to ESPN's Sage Steele that Hurts will be sticking around this season instead of transferring. He also made it clear he thinks Hurts won't benefit from family members talking about the situation.

This past April, Hurts' father Averion spoke openly with Bleacher Report about the possibility of the Alabama star transferring if he didn't win the starting job this year. He said that if Hurts didn't win the starting job, he'd be the "biggest" free agent in the history of college football.

Saban's quote about winning the team over makes it clear he doesn't think that kind of thing is going to help.

Check it out, via ESPN:

"I've told both players, 'You've gotta win the team, and everything you do to bring attention to yourself, or anybody even in your family that brings attention to yourself, you're not doing yourself a service in trying to win the team,'" Saban told ESPN on Tuesday.

"Both guys have proven that they're capable of making plays that can help you win games in college, and if that's the case, maybe there's some reason to have a role for both players," Saban said. "And if that's the case, that's what we'll try to do."

Saban clearly wants his team, in effect, to decide who it wants to be the starter heading into 2018. But in reality, he's the one who will be making the decision. If he's not happy with antics happening away from the field, it won't work in the player's favor.

It's hard to know how this is going to play out. Tagovailoa was sensational in the second half of the national title game, but Hurts is a multi-year starter for the program. Saban is going to have a tough decision to make.