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Defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand was arrested early Saturday morning for driving under the influence.

Alabama football: Da’Shawn Hand arrested, Nick Saban dedicates dealership to his father, and more

Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at a DUI arrest for a star defensive lineman just days before camp starts on Thursday. 

Da’Shawn Hand arrested for DUI

Defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand was arrested for driving under the influence early Saturday morning. Nick Saban issued the following statement:

“This type of behavior is not acceptable and we are disappointed in Da’Shawn’s actions. We are still gathering information and will evaluate what we need to do in terms of appropriate discipline as we move forward, so better choices and decisions can be made in the future.”

As is usual with high-profile arrests like these, the opinions began to fly. Cecil Hurt on TideSports.com compared former Florida State quarterback Danny Kannell’s sarcasm to his former coach’s standpoint against player suspensions. Kevin Scarbinsky of AL.com takes a level-headed look at Saban’s history with DUI discipline and the merits of the paths he could take. Our own Christopher Walsh notes that Saban’s history indicates a second chance for Hand, given his lack of history or violent offenses.

Other headlines from Alabama football:

Countdown to kickoff

Monday morning marks 33 days until kickoff. AL.com celebrated the occasion by naming DeMeco Ryans the best No. 35 in SEC history. Roll Bama Roll’s history lessons continue with Blake Sims’ surprise senior year and Trent Richardson’s rampage over LSU. 

For less sentimental previews, BamaOnline named a a mountain of a nose tackle and a versatile tackle its third- and fourth-most important players of the season.

TideSports’ unit previews continued with the offensive line, quarterbacks, running backs, and receivers.

AL.com’s previews touched on the offensive line and tight ends.

Built by Bama

Late Sunday night, former Alabama first baseman/catcher Alex Avila was reportedly traded to the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs along with left-handed reliever Justin Wilson for two prospects. Notably, Avila’s father, Al, is the general manager of his now-former team, the Detroit Tigers.

Around the Capstone

Ben Jones of the Tuscaloosa News gave an extremely early overview of Brad Bohannon’s first roster as Alabama baseball coach.

A current, former and future Alabama swimmer each competed at the swimming world championships in Hungary. They all posted top-20 finishes

Junior tennis player Mazen Osama finished runner-up at the F22 Futures Tournament in Cairo.

A decade of dominance

Christopher Walsh’s series on Saban’s decade reshaping college football continues with a look at his record in the NFL draft. 

In his father’s footsteps

It’s no secret that Nick Saban, Sr., owner of a gas station and Pop Warner football coach, has had an indelible and lasting effect on his son, the legendary football coach. That legacy extends off the football field, and now includes Saban’s new Mercedes dealership in Nashville, Tenn.