Just A Minute: On the mysterious situation surrounding Antonio Alfano

Christopher Walsh

Alabama has been trying to keep the door open for freshman Antonio Alfano, but Nick Saban’s frustration was on full display during his press conference Wednesday evening. 

He's obviously not optimistic that the former prize prospect will return to the team.

Having gone off the grid, Alfano is no longer with the team, has not been attending classes and is no longer enrolled at the university.

"I just know that the guy basically quit," Saban said. "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, so until he responds, you just have to assume the guy quit.” 

Alabama needs to know what to do with the roster spot, but is obviously ready to move on. 

One thing is certain – had he stuck around Alfano might be starting this weekend against Southern Miss, and at minimum would have had a major role in the rotation following the injury to LaBryan Ray (foot).

Regardless, we wish Alfano the best at whatever he decides.

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