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Friday, March 24, 2017

CECIL HURT: Alabama women playing with swagger

You'd probably be stretching things a bit to call the Women's NIT "March Madness." That's equally true of the men's version. But whether you call it March Mildness or March Moderation, here's the part that matters for the Alabama...

CECIL HURT: A curious case of coaching for Mike Davis

The first time I saw Mike Davis after he'd coached an NCAA Tournament basketball game, in Boston in 2003, his team had won – and he looked miserable. The second time, which came over the weekend in Greenville, S.C., his...

CECIL HURT: It will be fun when Alabama gets back into the Big Dance

Even in those years when the Alabama basketball team doesn't make it into the NCAA Tournament field -- and it has been a long, barren stretch of road for a decade except for a quick stop in North Carolina...

CECIL HURT: Avery Johnson expects Alabama basketball to reach next level next season

There is no curse on Coleman Coliseum. Evil spirits haven't suddenly taken possession of the old building on the University of Alabama campus, casting spells on open 3-point attempts by the Crimson Tide basketball team. Avery Johnson, the UA coach,...

CECIL HURT: Emotional SEC Tournament for Alabama

There is a time for tears, a time for reflection, a time for happiness. Sometimes, those are all the same time. There was real emotional pain for Alabama basketball coach Avery Johnson on Friday night, when news came that his college...

CECIL HURT: Can Alabama maintain poise in Nashville?

Every time Alabama basketball fans are ready to set aside their crazy dreams for this season, pointing their focus on the future, this 2017 team does something that, like the paddles of a defibrillator, jolts those dreams back to...

CECIL HURT: Incident with Foster is trivial

I don't know exactly what Reuben Foster did on Friday. All I know is that he picked the worst possible time and place to do it. According to various reports, Foster, in Indianapolis for the annual NFL Combine even though...

CECIL HURT: Alabama women headed in right direction

March has hardly started and the feel-good stories have already started flowing. In part, that's the way college basketball is structured, both in the men's and women's games. That's not to say that college football doesn't have November drama....

SEC Power Poll: “Young” conference looking ahead

One of the arguments that you hear frequently about Southeastern Conference basketball is that the league is improving (which it seems to be) and is "young." So that's the angle we will take with this week's poll before the...

CECIL HURT: What kind of offensive coordinator will Nick Saban seek?

The glory days of daytime drama have passed. No longer do shows like "General Hospital" or "All My Children" and the other soap operas of the past tell fictional stories of personal crises. They've long since been supplanted by...

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PHOTOS: Crimson Tide Early Enrollees Press Conference

The University of Alabama introduces its early enrolling freshmen during a press conference on National Signing Day. Six of the early enrollees, including quarterback...

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