AJ McCarron Once Considered A Transfer To Ole Miss

    AJ McCarron once considered transferring to Ole Miss following frustrating freshman season in Tuscaloosa.

    March 8, 2016

    AJ McCarron once considered transferring to Ole Miss following a frustrating freshman season in Tuscaloosa.

    How about this for a hypothetical: AJ McCarron running out of the tunnel at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium for three years. According to McCarron, this was almost a reality.

    In an interview with Matt Perrault on Yahoo Radio, McCarron explained that he considered transferring from Alabama to Ole Miss toward the end of his freshman season.

    “When i got there [Alabama] I thought about transferring to Ole Miss … toward the end of my freshman year.”

    That frustrating freshman campaign he alludes to was Alabama’s 2009 championship season, the Crimson Tide’s first title under head coach Nick Saban. McCarron was a redshirt and faced the prospect of backing up incumbent Greg McElroy in his first year of eligibility. The decision was ultimately whether to wait one’s turn in a team-first program or set out for individual glory in a smaller, albeit less-prestigious fish bowl.

    Once he decided to stay in Tuscaloosa, the rest, as they say, was history. The Crimson Tide won two national championships under his guide, and came within a fluky, once-in-a-century play against Auburn from likely playing for a third title.

    Interestingly, by electing to stay with the Crimson Tide – putting the team ahead of personal accolades – McCarron would eventually transform into the consumate team palyer. He’s arguably the greatest winner in program history, and was knocked for being too much of a team guy coming out of college – the “system quarterback” moniker followed McCarron throughout his senior season (in which he was a Heisman finalist) and well into the NFL Draft process.

    Let’s imagine how things would have turned out had he left Tuscaloosa and headed for Oxford. Houston Nutt would’ve had a serviceable quarterback under center, and may have kept his job. Even if he was axed and Hugh Freeze was still brought in, Ole Miss fans would’ve been saved two years of Good Bo, Bad Bo Wallace. Alabama would’ve possibly been thrust into the Sims Era – first with Phillip and then Blake.

    There also would’ve been no Dee Dee Bonner or Katherine Webb to keep the blogosphere rolling (and Brent Musburger drooling). Talk aobut a butterfly effect.

    Alas, the decision to stay paid off in spades. It created the McCarron/Saban father/son relationship, a union upon which college football’s latest dynasty was forged and perfected.

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