Nick Saban on Altee Tenpenny: “This is obviously a tragedy”
News of Altee Tenpenny’s death has now spread across the country, and Alabama coach Nick Saban addressed his former player’s passing during Wednesday’s SEC teleconference.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Altee and his family,” Saban said. “This is obviously a tragedy.”
Later in the day Wednesday, Saban said he spoke with Tenpenny’s mother to offer his condolences.
Tenpenny played at Alabama from 2013-2014, and several current players were still in touch with him. Dozens of former teammates shared their thoughts and prayers on social media following news of his passing.
Saban said that the program will provide plenty of emotional support for the current players.
“We do everything we can to support the players in every way,” Saban said. “We do have consoling programs, and we do have counselors. Sports psychologists and psychiatrists that we use to try to help the players every way we can. We try to be as supportive as a staff as we can to our players.
“We do the best we can to try to help our players through a tragedy like this.”
Tenpenny died in a one-car accident on Tuesday evening. This spring, he transferred from Alabama to UNLV, which kicked him off the team in August. Tenpenny was most recently on the roster at Nicholls State, which suspended him indefinitely after a gun-related arrest last weekend.