Alabama's five-star freshman defensive lineman Antonio Alfano hasn't been around since early September and it's now been revealed he's been removed from the team's roster, per AL.com...
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“I just know that the guy basically quit,” Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Sept. 18. "He quit going to class. He quit coming here. We tried to encourage him. We tried to help him. We had tried to set up counseling sessions with him to help him every way we could. And all those things are still available to him if he wants them, but he didn’t respond to any of the things. Until he responds, you just have to assume the guy quit.”
Alfano’s father shared some more info back in September.
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“Antonio’s grandmother recently fell very ill and is still fighting on life support,” Frankie-Hilda Alfano wrote on Twitter. “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 Spun)
Filed Under: Alabama Sports
Originally published on SECRant.com

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Nicky always says "make em quit"
Reply14 months
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Ancient news.
Reply14 months
College is hard
Reply14 months
Guy is literally throwing away a million dollars. What an idiot.
Reply14 months
Grandma-ma would want little Antonio to go to class & practice. I guess when you're not paying for your education, it is easier to not attend class.
Reply14 months
Does he get to keep the car if he transfers?
Reply14 months
Do athletes get put on probation and have to sit out a semester? Did he even withdraw?
Reply14 months
His name is now in the transfer portal. His father says this about the situation: "The University of Alabama has been extremely supportive and I couldn't ask for better support from them," Frankie-Hilda Alfano wrote. "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.
Reply14 months
Failed to put a quotation mark at the end of his father's statement---just mentioning this, so there's no confusion over it being MY opinion.
14 months
Y’all are pretty uninformed on this one. Things are always complicated and sensitive when a sick family member and young adult are involved but from what I understand, he absolutely quit the team, quit school, and just hung out around campus. Saban attempted to reach out for weeks or even longer with every bit of help he could offer and the guy wouldn’t even respond. His family tweeted that they urged him to stay on the team and whatnot but nothing came if that either. It’s complicated and I’m pretty sure y’all are dead wrong on how Saban handled it.
Reply14 months
So why wouldn’t Saban say that? Instead he said the kid quit. How about he’s going through some difficult times with a sick family member?
14 months
@Jaydeaux, I agree that Saban could have mentioned that, but it’s frustrating when you’re offering support to someone and they cut you off. If that’s what happened, I can understand his frustration.
14 months
ok, thanks for the correction podnuh
14 months
Got his car and then drove it home to be with his granny. Saban can’t even mention the dying family member. He just says the kid quit
Reply14 months
Member when Saban quit on his dream job after just 2 years because it was hard? And then a legendary NFL coach said, essentially, the way to tell Nick Saban was lying was to see if his lips were moving? Yeah, I member.
14 months
Saban is a pos if he thinks his football program is more important than this young man's family. Give him a red shirt or something you a-hole.
14 months
what a bunch of morons in this thread
14 months
I feel bad for the kid, and hope he gets a little good counsel. He can still come out a winner.
Reply14 months
Good for him. He's standing by his grandmother through her toughest days. He'll get another shot at football when the time is right. Respect.
Reply14 months
And give Coach O a call when you're ready. He'll understand.
14 months
I mean I guess... That is tough on anyone, but I would never want my grandson to put his dreams on hold to stay with me at my bedside. Come visit me if you can, but go take advantage of the opportunity of a lifetime.
14 months
Kid was probably never went to clas in high school and was overwhelmed
Reply14 months
Class
14 months
"was probably never went to clas" Did you?
14 months
Apparently, forums overwhelm OP's keyboard.
14 months
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