Nick Saban Reveals Alabama 5-Star Freshman “Basically Quit”

first_imgA closeup of Nick Saban wearing a headset.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts in the second half of the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Alabama head coach Nick Saban updated the status of Crimson Tide five-star freshman defensive lineman Antonio Alfano this evening.“The guy basically quit,” Saban told reporters.Alfano, a five-star prospect and the No. 5 player overall in the 2019 class, has not been with the Crimson Tide team in recent weeks.Saban announced tonight that he believes the former top recruit has quit the team. “I just know that the guy basically quit. He quit going to class, he quit coming here. … Until he responds, you just have to assume the guy quit,” Saban said.Saban on Antonio Alfano: “I just know that the guy basically quit. He quit going to class, he quit coming here. … Until he responds, you just have to assume the guy quit.”— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) September 18, 2019Alfano’s parents had taken to Twitter earlier in the month to update their son’s status.“Antonio’s grandmother recently fell very ill and is still fighting on life support,” the statement read. “He is very close with her. Since this illness took effect, Antonio has taken it very hard. He has not attended classes and practices.“The University of Alabama has been extremely supportive and I couldn’t ask for better support from them. Yesterday, Antonio asked to be placed in the transfer portal to see what his options are.“Although he’s in the transfer portal, he still can decide to remain at the University of Alabama. My opinion is that Antonio should stay at the University of Alabama. However he’s an adult and it’s his decision. Antonio knows that his family has & will always be there for him.”Alfano’s name has reportedly not been seen in the NCAA’s transfer portal, according to 247Sports.The former five-star recruit has not played in any of Alabama’s games this season.Alabama (3-0) is set to host Southern Miss on Saturday. Kickoff is set for noon E.T.last_img read more

UN humanitarian chief ends visit to Indonesia as death toll from quake

Under-Secretary-General for the Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) John Holmes met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, donors and the head of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), as well as humanitarian agencies before leaving area.The 7.9-magnitude Indian Ocean earthquake on 30 September left 198,200 households in need of emergency shelter, according to initial assessments by OCHA.In the coming weeks, international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) plan to reach around 62,000 of those households with distributions of emergency shelters, and at least 16,000 tents and tarpaulins have been distributed to date. Further shelter will depend upon additional funding.Last week the humanitarian community, in close consultation with the Government, launched a $38 million humanitarian response plan, identifying acute needs to be addressed within 90 days and identifying 74 projects.OCHA said that Padang City, Pariaman and Agam, the three most affected areas, have been struck by extensive damage to water and sanitation infrastructure, leaving more than 50,000 people requiring assistance. In addition around 190,000 people are suffering from serious shortages of staple foods, such as rice. WFP is providing fortified biscuits to children under five years old and to pregnant and lactating women and has started a school feeding programme. Almost 1,000 schools have been damaged and an estimated 90,000 students are reported to be in urgent need of teaching materials. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has distributed 228 school tents, 80 school-in-a-box kits and 80 recreational kits.The BNPB has requested a shift in emergency relief aid to the neighbouring disaster-affected area of Jambi province, which was hit by another earthquake on 5 October. Around 500 houses, 11 schools and 2 health facilities in Kerinci district were damaged by that tremor, and over 100 houses and 123 schools in Merangin district were also damaged. 15 October 2009Humanitarian AidThe official death toll from last month’s earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Sumatra has climbed to 1,117, including those still missing, the United Nations humanitarian arm reported today as its chief wrapped up a two-day mission to the site of the destruction. read more