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Nick Saban Opened Up About Jalen Hurts’ Potential Transfer

first_imgJalen Hurts points to the sky.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 29: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to the sidelines for the play call against the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Today’s Alabama-Georgia SEC Championship Game could be the final SEC contest of Jalen Hurts’ career. Hurts, who dominated the SEC for the first two seasons of his career, has been relegated to backup duty with the emergence of Tua Tagovailoa this season.Hurts will likely still be playing high-major college football in 2019, though it likely won’t be at Alabama. The Crimson Tide’s quarterback is expected to graduate, transfer and play somewhere else in 2019.Alabama’s head coach, Nick Saban, is reportedly on board with the idea of a Hurts transfer.CBS’ Gary Danielson revealed during last weekend’s Alabama-Auburn game that he talked to Saban about a Hurts transfer.From 247Sports:“We were talking to Coach Saban on Friday about the transfers of quarterbacks and he said I really think now Jalen has to think about transferring. And he said I’m for it, right? He said I’m for him to look at (a potential transfer). But look at the success in college football – and these are top rated teams – that transfer quarterbacks have had in football. I mean, right down the list, (they’ve made a) major impact.“And I think a couple guys are going to be sought-after. You know Kelly Bryant is going to be sought-after, Jalen Hurts is going to be sought-after. I mean, you don’t know – and I don’t want to throw anything in the middle of it – but what’s going to happen with Georgia? Jake Fromm’s playing and they’re not gonna bench Jake Fromm, he’s playing too good. And Justin Fields wants to play, too. And if he looks around and he goes, look at what other people have done when they’ve left, it’s hard to say I’m just going to stick it out and play one year.”Saban reportedly said that he would help Hurts make a decision if that’s what he wanted, too.“I asked Nick in that same meeting, I said do you think he will ask your opinion on where he should go if he transfers, or when he transfers?” he said. “And Nick kind of looked at me and he goes well, you know what, we’ve been in this together since I recruited him and now the whole three years and the whole thing this year, I would think that he and his parents would probably ask my opinion at least and want to talk about it.”There will likely be several major programs interested in Hurts if he does decide to transfer. It’s unclear at this point what specific programs might be interested in him, but there would be plenty of potential suitors.There’s still plenty of football to be played, though.Alabama and Georgia are set to kick off at 4 p.m. E.T. The game is on CBS.last_img read more

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Senior UN relief officials call for crisis funding for Central African Republic

“We must all act now or more children will needlessly suffer. We must intervene to save lives and prevent a worsening situation,” said Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin and UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres.Refugees from CAR have been arriving in Cameroon since early December. They are now arriving at a rate of up to 2,000 people per week, the majority of them women and children, according to a joint news release issued by WFP and the High Commissioner’s office (UNHCR). Based on what they told staff from the agencies, many of the refugees walked for weeks, even months, through the treacherous bush to reach Cameroon through more than 30 entry points along a 700-kilometre stretch of border. UNHCR has dubbed it “a journey of starvation and death.”At present there are almost 90,000 refugees in some 300 villages in the East and Adamawa regions. The logistics of reaching them are compounded by rains and poor roads, which mean that conditions in camps and host settlements are bound to deteriorate. “The challenge is much more than just ensuring safe haven – it’s about trying to save people’s lives after they arrive,” Mr. Guterres said.According to WFP, between 20 and 30 per cent of children under the age of five arriving are acutely malnourished, as compared with a global emergency threshold of 15 per cent.A WFP-chartered aircraft crammed with high energy biscuits and ready-to-eat nutritious foods arrived in Cameroon today from the UN humanitarian hub in Dubai. Another flight had arrived in Cameroon on Sunday.The agency has launched an emergency operation to feed 100,000 people and is seeking $15.6 million over eight months. Its plan to feed people who fled CAR to its four surrounding countries has an average shortfall of 70 per cent or more. Meanwhile, UNHCR has requested $22.6 million for its programmes, of which only $4.2 million have so far been received. In addition, the Regional Refugee Response Plan for CAR, which includes UNHCR, WFP and 13 partners in Cameroon, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo, is only 9 per cent funded at present.Fighting in CAR has taken on an increasingly sectarian nature following a 2012 rebel-led coup and has since become more brutal with reports of ongoing human rights violations and clashes that have left 2.2 million in need of humanitarian aid. read more