CECIL HURT: Nick Saban’s latest ‘rant’ reveals a valid point

If nothing else happened on Saturday, Nick Saban gave an absolutely new perspective on roster management. The Alabama head coach gave a quote that doesn’t quite fit in a Sunday morning family newspaper, even in 2018, concerning the impossibility of...

CECIL HURT: Today’s sports demand big bucks

People in Alabama love football. People in Alabama, like other people in other parts of the country, hate change. If things are going well, as they are for Alabama football these days, then they really hate change. So when there is a...

CECIL HURT: Alabama’s little-known but important anniversary

The Associated Press preseason poll will come out in a few days, on Aug. 20. There’s little question that Alabama will be ranked at No. 1, but there will also be a quiet anniversary that few people will hear,...

CECIL HURT: Saban’s philosophy on picking a starting QB won’t magically change

Nick Saban is not the Wizard of Oz. He informed the public of this on Saturday. This should come as no surprise. Still, some people among Alabama’s large and diverse fan base still seem to expect that the head coach...

CECIL HURT: Saban moves past Hurts’ comments from Saturday

There was thunder at Alabama’s Wednesday football practice, loud rolling claps that made it seem like a casting call for what many expected to be an even greater storm to follow in the post-practice press conference. Instead, there were no...

CECIL HURT: Alabama has more to focus on than just the quarterbacks

Even when there’s the perception of turmoil, University of Alabama football fans remain supremely confident. They can debate all day about quarterbacks, to choose a random example, but when you ask their expectations given Option “A,” they’ll say “national...

CECIL HURT: Will Hurts’ candid conversation help or hurt him?

Jalen Hurts wanted to talk. Glaringly obvious as Hurts spoke in the end zone at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday morning, he was frustrated over seven months of silence, an entire spring training where he didn’t get to state his case...

CECIL HURT: Ohio State needs to provide answers on Urban Meyer, quickly

The announcement that Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave on Wednesday as the school investigates whether he did not act on information regarding fired assistant coach Zach Smith and his reported domestic abuse...

CECIL HURT: New Saban deal another solid investment for Alabama

The debate about Nick Saban’s salary has probably been settled — on either side — for quite a time now. People who think Saban has been as wise a 10-year investment for the University of Alabama as a stack...

John Parker Wilson tabbed for radio analyst position

Former Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson will be color analyst on the Alabama football radio broadcast team this fall, with fellow former Crimson Tide player Rashad Johnson reporting from the sideline. Wilson will replace Phil Savage, who announced earlier this...

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