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It may be August, but Alabama basketball is making headlines, too.

Alabama football to kick off College GameDay, fall camp begins and the most-hyped basketball practice in years

Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. It’s Thursday, and we’re looking at an announcement for Alabama’s opener, notes before camp and basketball’s open practice. 

Get up for GameDay

The Alabama-Florida State game in Atlanta will, unsurprisingly, be the first site for ESPN’s College GameDay this season. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. ET) on Sept. 2, and will televised on ABC. It will be Alabama’s 40th appearance on the program, one more than Ohio State.

Letters from camp

Alabama’s fall camp officially begins on Thursday. As is tradition, Nick and Terri Saban’s Nick’s Kids charity held its annual luncheon on Wednesday, announcing it had donated $500,000 to more than 150 children’s charities.

In advance of camp, Aaron Suttles of the Tuscaloosa News previewed the secondary Wednesday. So did Matt Zenitz of, while his colleague Rainer Sabin named the five position battles to watch. Our Marq Burnett put the spotlight on the unsung defensive players, while Zenitz also created a full depth chart, subject to change in the next month.

And Christopher Walsh took a look at the captain of Alabama’s secondary. 

In other Alabama headlines…

Buckle Up

The Alabama basketball team held an open practice Wednesday in Coleman Coliseum ahead of its preseason trip to Canada. According to Avery Johnson’s post-practice comments, more than 2,000 fans turned up, cheering on Alabama’s most-hyped squad in a decade. Braxton Key, Collin Sexton and John Petty drew cheers, while 2016-17 point guard Dazon Ingram missed practice — and will likely miss some of the trip — with a foot injury.

Watch the entire practice here.

Built by Bama

Former Alabama wide receiver Raheem Falkins is now on the Nicholls State roster.

In the majors, Alex Avila went 0 for 2 at the plate as the Cubs lost to Arizona, 3-0.

Around the Capstone

Alabama sophomore swimmer Robert Howard won the 100-meter freestyle with a career-best 49.04 seconds at the U.S. Open in East Meadow, N.Y. His was the standout performance among four members of the Alabama roster on Wednesday.