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Alabama radio analyst Phil Savage's book on Crimson Tide football under Nick Saban will be released Aug. 29.

Alabama football: Football textbooks, award watch lists and basketball tours

Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at a coming textbook on Alabama under Nick Saban, award watch lists and more. 

By the book

Dennis Dodd of CBS pulled back the curtain ahead of the release of Alabama color commentator Phil Savage’s book behind the scenes of Nick Saban’s program. Dodd probably overstates the earth-shattering nature of Savage’s book – Savage isn’t entirely an independent party, and it’s unlikely this book will have anything on the level of the unauthorized biography of Saban released two years ago – but it looks to be a useful glimpse at the way one of the most accomplished men in the history of sports approaches his work. The book — 4th & Goal Every Day: Alabama’s Relentless Pursuit of Perfection — includes a preface by Saban and will be released Aug. 29.

Calling Baton Rouge

BamaOnline continues its offseason look ahead with the annual bruiser bash against LSU. Charlie Potter laid out five questions for an LSU team that will miss Leonard Fournette, and is still looking for a quarterback and offensive consistency. Again. Still.

Potter also named his 14th-most important Crimson Tide player of the season: the punter.

Counting down to kickoff

RollBamaRoll’s countdown to kickoff marks 47 days to go with a tribute to John Mangum, a 5-foot-10, physical cornerback for Alabama during the Ray Perkins/Bill Curry years who played from 1990-98 in the NFL with the Chicago Bears. He’s not often mentioned in a list of Alabama greats, despite holding several school records, including 231 tackles, an astounding number for a cornerback, and 47 passes broken up.

The folks at SB Nation also have an edifying film breakdown 0f Matt Womack, the favorite to fill the final hole on Alabama’s offensive line.

Going streaking “ranked” Alabama’s winning streaks against the rest of the SEC. The Crimson Tide has consecutive victories against every SEC team but two, and a losing streak against just one. Shoutout Stephen Garcia.

Watch the throne

The latest crop of award watch lists highlighted three Alabama players. Shaun Dion Hamilton and Rashaan Evans were named to the watch list for the Butkus Award, given annually to the nation’s top linebacker and currently held by former Alabama star Reuben Foster. DB Minkah Fitzpatrick was named to the Hornung Award watch list, given to the nation’s most versatile player.

Buckle up

The Alabama basketball team is young and untested. With six new players to bring into the lineup, there will be growing pains, but coach Avery Johnson plans on getting them out of the way as early as possible with the Crimson Tide’s upcoming trip to Canada. The team will spend a week traveling the country to compete in exhibition games – as do most SEC teams, as permitted by NCAA regulations. From Aug. 4-11, the team will play three games as it seeks to integrate its battalion of guards and promising new bigs into the lineup.

Around the Capstone

Alabama hired former Kentucky director of baseball operations Jack Hoehl to the same position in Tuscaloosa on Monday. Hoehl worked with new coach Brad Bohannon at Kentucky, and graduated from Auburn in 2012.

Built by Bama

Justin Thomas Tweeted out the outfits he’ll wear this week at the British Open Championship and that he is going to wear a tie on the golf course on Thursday. That’s all I’ve got.

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