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CECIL HURT: Alabama loaded with talent, but not elite yet

The University of Alabama football program has accomplished so much in a decade under Nick Saban that the Crimson Tide head coach sometimes encounters a frustrating problem. Saban has to convince the world that a team that's just wrapped up...

CECIL HURT: Was Nick Saban’s radio comment a swipe at Lane Kiffin?

Nick Saban participated in a radio interview on Thursday morning, something the University of Alabama football coach does only a few times a year if you exclude his own in-season show. As always, Saban's interview with WJOX-FM in Birmingham...

CECIL HURT: Fans anxiously wait on Key’s decision

A postseason honors banquet is supposed to be a celebratory time for a college sports program, a chance to show highlights and brag on graduation rates, to tell a few jokes, hand out some plaques and wish the seniors...

CECIL HURT: Rule changes hit and miss with Nick Saban

The NCAA Division I Council implemented several changes to the off-the-field administration of college football. In the spirit of the uplifting Easter holiday, we'll review the one that everyone likes first and then get into the others. In a move...

CECIL HURT: Friday’s scrimmage will be revealing

Spring football can only tell you so much about a team, but when the alternative is spring silence, devoted fans — of which the University of Alabama has many — await every nugget. Quite often, a second scrimmage is...

CECIL HURT: Alabama remains the contender

Some of the schools in the Southeastern Conference have wrapped up their spring football practice. Others, like Alabama, still have a couple of weeks to go. Some still don't even know who the starting quarterback will be, although Alabama's...

CECIL HURT: Overall picture is still fuzzy, but one thing is clear – Tide...

Scrimmage reports from the University of Alabama have long since moved out of Classical Realism style and become abstract work of arts, where the picture is painted in shades and lines that are open to any number of interpretations. The...

Cecil Hurt: The touching story behind Jalen Hurts’ viral video

University of Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts attracts attention with almost everything he does on the football field. He's just as recognizable off the field, a statewide celebrity even though he's just finished his freshman season as a football player. So...

CECIL HURT: Rough seas or smooth sailing for Tide basketball in 2017-18?

There is no smooth sailing when it comes to managing a college basketball roster these days. Avery Johnson knows that, and knew it before this weekend. His University of Alabama men's basketball team didn't capsize with the news of...

CECIL HURT: What a year it’s been for SEC hoops

  The SEC men's basketball season is over, but it expired honorably. The SEC women's basketball season ends Sunday night, with even more glory, an NCAA championship already guaranteed for either Mississippi State or South Carolina. The combined success marks the best...

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