There is no doubt that with just over one month to go before the start of Alabama's 2014 campaign, head coach Nick Saban would prefer to be focusing on the Tide's future opponents - namely West Virginia, who the team opens with on August 30th in Atlanta. Instead, since the calendar turned to July, he's had to deal with two of his players - Kenyan Drake and Jarran Reed - being arrested. Reed's transgression - a DUI charge Sunday morning, is the more troubling of the two.
Sunday afternoon, Saban released a statement on the matter. There is no word yet on potential discipline for the defensive lineman.
"We are disappointed in Jarran's actions and this is obviously not the kind of behavior we expect from our players. It is a privilege to represent the University of Alabama and there are responsibilities that go along with that privilege. We'll evaluate the situation and determine the appropriate discipline so better choices and decisions can be made in the future."
Given Saban's no-nonsense attitude, you can at least expect there to be some penalty here. It's not a stretch to assume that the JUCO transfer could seeing his Crimson Tide debut delayed.