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.
You'll recall Alphonse Taylor was suspended for last season's opener against USC following a DUI arrest last July. Perhaps a precedent.
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) July 29, 2017
Other headlines from Alabama football:
- BamaOnline published a primer for camp on Thursday, identifying five impact newcomers. and looked ahead to the game against Mercer. Yes, Alabama plays Mercer this year.
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.
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.
Nick Saban dedicated his new car dealership to his father, who last saw his son as a graduate assistant driving a Coca Cola truck. pic.twitter.com/9YfFurWqx1
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 30, 2017