CECIL HURT: With John Ward’s passing, another icon of that era is gone

You couldn’t be a Tennessee fan without loving John Ward. At the same time, you didn’t have to be a Tennessee fan to be a John Ward fan, both of his distinctive broadcast style and, if you knew him even...

Thoughts on SEC legend John Ward

You couldn’t be a Tennessee fan without loving John Ward.  At the same time, you didn’t have to be a Tennessee fan to be a John Ward fan, both of his distinctive broadcast style and, if you knew him...

CECIL HURT: Third round of US Open more like a horror film

Normally, the role of a sports columnist is to be present at events, to relay firsthand impressions of what occurred and, to the extent possible, to interview the participants — players, coaches, administrators — about what happened. But there...

CECIL HURT: C.M. Newton was more than a legendary coach

In the days since C.M. Newton’s passing last week, the one player most connected with Newton and his basketball legacy has taken time to reflect, not just on an important moment in history but on a 50-year friendship. Wendell Hudson...

CECIL HURT: New NCAA rules a good thing

The NCAA Division I Council did what was expected on the transfer issue Wednesday, but actually showed some surprising open field swerve when it comes to redshirts. For all the attention that went to the new “notification” rule, it was...

CECIL HURT: Trophies: The good, the bad and the ugly

We got to see the best of all sports trophies — the Stanley Cup — this week. It is June and we get to see another less-frequently seen (and slightly boring) trophy, the World Cup (unless FIFA has sold...

Tide golf teams handle disappointment with dignity

When you are one day away from a national championship, it doesn’t matter if the ending is dominating or dramatic. Either way, it hurts. In a remarkable two-week stretch, both University of Alabama golf teams, Mic Potter’s women’s squad and the...

CECIL HURT: Outpouring of concern for one of UA’s own

When the news of a frightening auto accident involving PGA golfer Bud Cauley began to disseminate last Friday night, social media immediately hummed with activity, as is usually the case when pro athletes are involved in an incident, especially...

CECIL HURT: C.M. Newton was more than a legendary coach

The date was March 18, 1976. Seven years earlier, the University of Alabama had a basketball team. Most colleges did. Not many people cared. There were some loyalists who remembered the Rocket Eight. If they were truly long-time gray-haired loyalists,...

CECIL HURT: What to make of the new transfer ruling?

The Southeastern Conference, riding the tide of national opinion rather than the wishes of the Crimson Tide, or at least Alabama head football coach Nick Saban, voted Friday to allow immediate eligibility to graduate transfers from one SEC institution...

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