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Da'Shawn Hand will complete an internal discipline program involving community service, but will not be suspended, per Nick Saban.

Alabama football: Nick Saban won’t suspend Da’Shawn Hand as fall practice begins

Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. It’s Friday, and we’re looking at updates on Da’Shawn Hand’s discipline, the annual preseason coaches poll and the first day of fall camp. 

Crime and punishment

Da’Shawn Hand will not be suspended following his arrest for driving under the influence, Nick Saban announced on Thursday. Hand, who spent 48 hours at an inpatient treatment center, will be required to complete a certain amount of community service, including a police ride-along, in order to avoid suspension.

Danny Kanell, who notably went to Florida State, disagreed with Saban’s decision. Paul Finebaum, who previously criticized Saban’s disciplinary record, called it the right move. 

In other Alabama headlines …

Letters from camp

Alabama started fall camp on Thursday with an outdoor practice in temperatures in the upper 80s. Rainer Sabin of AL.com explored how the memory of the Tide’s loss in the championship last season still motivates Alabama — all part of one big chip on Jalen Hurts’ shoulder.  Aaron Suttles’ first practice report of the year at TideSports gives an early picture of the depth chart. AL.com noted two stars in full-contact practice after injury. Burnett filmed the defensive line breaking in a new sled. 

And notably, per Charlie Potter at BamaOnline, Minkah Fitzpatrick is playing all over the secondary at the moment.

Topping the polls

Alabama topped the first USAToday Coaches Poll of the season, with 49 of the 65 available first-place votes. Ohio State trails far behind in second, with five, while season-opening opponent Florida State placed third with four.

Saban and Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News insist that poll means nothing — and, in Saban’s mind, is more of a detriment than anything.

Buckle up

AL.com compiled a highlight video of Collin Sexton’s performance in Alabama’s open practice on Wednesday.

The buzz around the basketball team is reaching unprecedented levels, according to Kevin Scarbinsky of AL.com.

Built by Bama

• Former Alabama and current Jacksonville Jaguars long snapper Carson Tinker tore his anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the 2017 season.

• Justin Thomas is tied for 53rd at 3 over par after the first day of the World Golf Classic–Bridgestone Invitational.

• In the majors …

  • Tommy Hunter pitched one scoreless inning as his Rays beat Houston, 5-3.
  • Alex Avila walked in a pinch-hit appearance for the Cubs in the bottom of the ninth of a 10-8 loss to Arizona. Avila’s playing time will reportedly be down to opposing pitcher matchups going forward.

Around the Capstone

Seven Alabama coaches, including basketball coach Avery Johnson and gymnastics coach Dana Duckworth, will receive contract extensions pending approval by the board of trustees on Friday morning.

Current tennis player Mazen Osama is out of the ITF Egypt F23 doubles tournament after his duo lost in a walkover.

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