NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)One of the best running backs from the 2018 recruiting class is back on the market, according to his Twitter account. Former four-star running back Brian Snead took to Twitter on Friday afternoon to announce his plans to transfer from the Ohio State football program.According to the school, the two sides agreed to part ways after Snead was suspended for most of the 2018 season – though the reason for his suspension is unclear.After seeing the field in Ohio State’s first two games, Snead didn’t make the trip for the TCU game. Head coach at the time, Ryan Day, offered no context for Snead’s absence.According to a report from 247Sports’ Ohio State site Bucknuts, Snead’s absence had something to do with an investigation by the school – not the football program.Snead announced the news via Twitter.pic.twitter.com/lspVV5i3GW— Campaign_B6 (@snead655) January 18, 2019Snead, a Florida native, was ranked the No. 3 RB in the country coming out of high school this past year.The running back totaled 37 rushing yards on 11 carries – including a touchdown in the season-opener against Oregon State.Ohio State’s running back room took a significant hit with the news and the departure of Mike Weber. J.K. Dobbins should get the lion’s share of carries for the Buckeyes next season.
Marie Okabe told reporters in New York that the AU-UN Joint Special Representative, Rodolphe Adada, met with Minni Minawi, a former rebel who is now the Senior Assistant to the Sudanese President. “They discussed the latest developments in Darfur, particularly the recent fighting between the Minawi faction of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA/MM) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). They also discussed rising tensions between Chad and Sudan,” Ms. Okabe said.Fighting between the two groups flared up some ten days ago in the north Darfur town of Umm Baru. Mr. Adada said the AU-UN peacekeeping mission, known as UNAMID, had taken 26 people injured in the fighting to the North Darfur capital of El Fasher for treatment at a military hospital. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday voiced his concern at recent violence and tensions in the border area between Chad and Sudan and called on all parties to cease fighting.“He underscores that there is no military solution to the situation in the sub-region and urges the Governments of Chad and Sudan to refrain from any act that may lead to a further escalation of tensions,” his spokesperson said in a statement.Last week Mr. Adada met with the Under-Secretary of the Sudanese Foreign Affairs Ministry, Mutrif Siddiq, and Presidential Adviser, Mustafa Osman Ismail, during separate meetings in Khartoum. In a briefing to the Security Council in April, Mr. Adada estimated that around 2,000 civilians have been in killed in Darfur since UNAMID deployed last year. Some 15 peacekeepers have also lost their lives since the Security Council established UNAMID to protect civilians in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and another 2.7 million forced from their homes in more than five years of fighting, pitting rebels against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen. Ms. Okabe said that in the past 24 hours, the military component of UNAMID conducted 72 confidence-building patrols, escorts, night patrols and investigative patrols in and around villages and camps for internally displaced persons. 19 May 2009The joint African Union-United Nations envoy to Darfur met with a senior Sudanese official today to discuss recent fighting in the strife-torn region and rising tensions between Sudan and Chad, a spokesperson for the world body said.