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    Re: Suspended Alabama freshman Antonio Alfano has ‘disappeared a little bit’

    Quote Originally Posted by TitleWave View Post
    Question: If he's suspended for academic reasons, since he was an early enrollee, wouldn't it have been on Saban's radar much earlier? Or maybe his GPA was just turned in?
    Sounds like Saban has been trying to help him get through this, whatever it is.

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    Re: Suspended Alabama freshman Antonio Alfano has ‘disappeared a little bit’

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    Oh, he won't go JUCO. Someone will let him on with the promise he won't have to go to class. Just wait...
    Sounds like he would qualify at AU

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    Re: Suspended Alabama freshman Antonio Alfano has ‘disappeared a little bit’

    It’s really a shame that a guy this talented can’t get it going in the right direction. The amount of academic support and tutoring available to players in incredible

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    Re: Suspended Alabama freshman Antonio Alfano has ‘disappeared a little bit’

    I hope he can do what is expected of him and stay on the team and eventually contribute. He seems physically talented.

    If he does transfer/get kicked off team, I hope he does not play at UGA, Auburn, or any other SEC school.

    It's sad that he is the second 5 star in the past few months to have serious issues. Anoma and now Alfano.

    Hopefully he will change his attitude, work ethic, heart, and mind and stay at BAMA.

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    Re: Suspended Alabama freshman Antonio Alfano has ‘disappeared a little bit’

    Quote Originally Posted by Tug Tide View Post
    It’s really a shame that a guy this talented can’t get it going in the right direction. The amount of academic support and tutoring available to players in incredible
    It takes some reciprocal effort on the student-athlete's part. Being rated as a 5* athlete doesn't mean you're adjusted well enough to adapt to college life and be accountable. If you're not, and you're not receptive to support, you don't last long under Saban. If there's someone behind you who's almost as good and mature enough to be accountable, it's "next man"...
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    Re: Suspended Alabama freshman Antonio Alfano has ‘disappeared a little bit’

    Quote Originally Posted by TIDE-HSV View Post
    It takes some reciprocal effort on the student-athlete's part. Being rated as a 5* athlete doesn't mean you're adjusted well enough to adapt to college life and be accountable. If you're not, and you're not receptive to support, you don't last long under Saban. If there's someone behind you who's almost as good and mature enough to be accountable, it's "next man"...
    Agreed - we have no idea what has happened here, but for a whole lot of reasons, some people simply are not ready for college life, much less the life of a college athlete in a P5 program. Frankly, some people are not even capable of accepting the support, no matter how receptive they might be.

    I just hope he works though this.

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    Re: Suspended Alabama freshman Antonio Alfano has ‘disappeared a little bit’

    The proverbial ball is in his court...........if he wants it bad enough, he will accept help and do what he needs to do to get it straightened out. He has the talent to go a long way, but nobody can do it for him. I hope he gets it all taken care of and comes back with a new attitude and a new sense of purpose and determination..............

    Maybe the whole "disappeared" thing is him staying out of sight and trying to get it together.................I dont know, but I hope he does

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    Re: Suspended Alabama freshman Antonio Alfano has ‘disappeared a little bit’

    From a football standpoint, we've lost our 2 highest recruits from last years class for at least the time being - Alfano and Sanders..

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    Re: Suspended Alabama freshman Antonio Alfano has ‘disappeared a little bit’

    Quote Originally Posted by TIDE-HSV View Post
    It takes some reciprocal effort on the student-athlete's part. Being rated as a 5* athlete doesn't mean you're adjusted well enough to adapt to college life and be accountable. If you're not, and you're not receptive to support, you don't last long under Saban. If there's someone behind you who's almost as good and mature enough to be accountable, it's "next man"...
    One of the local sports guys here, in relation to another recent transfer out of the program that reportedly had academic issues said “when you don’t avail yourself of the academic support available to you through the athletic department or you have difficulty finding your way to class, then that is on you....”

    On Sunday, after the report of Alfaro’s issue can to light, a colleague that is also a huge Bama fan called me. He said “so you leave the program because you will not do the work or will not go to class. Where are you going to transfer where they are going let you do the same thing?”

    My first response was the same as many here: “Plenty of places, starting with Auburn.....”
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    Re: Suspended Alabama freshman Antonio Alfano has ‘disappeared a little bit’

    Young Mr. Alfano seems to have dug himself quite a hole. Then, when faced with the consequences, continued to dig.

    To get out of it, I think he'd have to come clean, admit all sorts of sins of both commission and omission, beg forgiveness, and truly sin no more.

    I don't see that happening. Mainly because this sort of thing tends not to happen in a vacuum.

    In other words, it would be highly unusual for a player to do everything he's supposed to do, in all but one aspect of the process.

    So in this case, he'd be doing the workouts, adhering to the nutrition program, and going to meetings prepared. In practice, he'd be giving maximum effort, taking to heart everything the coaches tell him. He'd be studying and learning the nuances of his DL position and doing what it takes to make the jump from New Jersey HS ball to the SEC.

    No way any human being does all that, but doesn't go to class or do homework. No way. He's falling short elsewhere as well.

    I'm just curious as to what Saban means by, "disappeared a little bit." Is Saban saying that he (Saban) doesn't know where Alfano is? Or is Saban saying that Alfano has stopped participating in any program-related activities?

    Might be a distinction without a practical difference, but it does pique curiosity.
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    Re: Suspended Alabama freshman Antonio Alfano has ‘disappeared a little bit’

    Seems to me that Alfano will be enrolling somewhere else before the end of this semester. Saban kinda spoke in a way that is uncommon in these situations. He talked only about how the team could learn from this instead of Alfano himself.
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    Re: Suspended Alabama freshman Antonio Alfano has ‘disappeared a little bit’

    Quote Originally Posted by TitleWave View Post
    Question: If he's suspended for academic reasons, since he was an early enrollee, wouldn't it have been on Saban's radar much earlier? Or maybe his GPA was just turned in?
    If he is/was not going to class that could account for the suspension. Players - and especially freshmen and anyone with academic issues - are checked by staff (usually GA's & manager types) to see if they're in class EVERY day. Don't know the specific situation in his case, but it doesn't have to be GPA related to be an academic issue. Same is true if a player has had issues in class (behavior, cheating, etc).

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    Re: Suspended Alabama freshman Antonio Alfano has ‘disappeared a little bit’

    Cecil just retweeted Alfano’s father who said his problems started when his grandmother fell ill and was placed on life support, and he hadn’t been to class or practices since. Dad says Bama has been supportive and he’d like his son to remain here, but it’s his choice and the young man had asked to be placed in the transfer portal to evaluate options.


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