CECIL HURT: Decent day for Jalen Hurts; transfer mill grinds on

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There are still mixed emotions about the NCAA’s transfer rules, and this week — actually, all of January — put every aspect on display, from the positive to the perplexing. Let’s go with the good news first. The reception for...

CECIL HURT: Volume on Alabama basketball buzz getting louder

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There is a buzz building around this University of Alabama basketball team. It’s not a roar, or even a din. There has been no window-rattling sonic boom. Last week’s two victories have started attracting attention. The home victory over an...

CECIL HURT: LSU is top dog now, but what about 2020?

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Man, that Ed Orgeron must be hard to work for. Isn’t that the standard reaction when assistant coaches leave after a highly successful season? It’s a comment Nick Saban has heard often enough during Alabama’s run of five national championships,...

CECIL HURT: Alabama’s new system slowly taking effect

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LEXINGTON, Ky. It was an hour after the team bus was supposed to leave for Blue Grass Airport in Lexington and Nate Oats was sitting exactly where he didn’t want to be — in a downstairs locker room in Rupp...

CECIL HURT: Tua’s decision was the right one

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On Monday, Tua Tagovailoa had one more aching part of his body. Not his ankle. Not his hand. Not his hip. His heart. Tagovailoa announced he was leaving Alabama to enter the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. Any sound logic supports the decision....

HURT: Citrus Bowl was beginning of Alabama’s way back to its standard

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“Most people think a 10-2 record is a good thing. That’s not our standard,” — Nick Saban  Let’s get that out of the way first, before any sort of analysis of Alabama’s 35-16 Citrus Bowl victory over Michigan, or its...

CECIL HURT: Let’s talk CFP team selections

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We’ve now determined that four is not the magic number. Neither is three, despite what Schoolhouse Rock taught us. Eight seems like far too many, six would include some pesky byes. Two might work but when we had two,...

CECIL HURT: Next eight days will tell us more about Alabama in the spring

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The final Tuscaloosa football practice of 2019 is over. The Alabama Crimson Tide is set to enjoy a rare holiday and depart for Orlando on the day after Christmas. The next time Nick Saban convenes a practice in this...

Early returns: SEC basketball not bad but not as strong so far

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  There is a week or so of non-conference basketball remaining before the Southeastern Conference shifts into league play but bowl games are likely to dominant the headlines for the next several days. So it’s as good a time as...

CECIL HURT: Not the worst Alabama sports season, but certainly not the best

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Many years ago, Esquire Magazine’s December issue was devoted to “Dubious Awards of the Year” and the current year — let’s say 1982 — would be proclaimed “The 29th Annual Worst Year Ever!” In most years, that was a sort...
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