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Saturday, May 27, 2017

CECIL HURT: How patient will Alabama baseball fans be?

In his first major act as University of Alabama director of athletics, Greg Byrne received Oscar-level reviews. He has been described as "bold" and "decisive," praised for not being a penny-pincher or a procrastinator. He certainly projected a strong,...

CECIL HURT: Hoops fans hope good news continues

  Even before the last college basketball season began, University of Alabama basketball fans started to feel a strange sensation, one that many younger fans had never felt and many older ones had forgotten. For years, Alabama fans were conditioned...

Former Alabama coach Gene Stallings recovering after mild stroke

Former University of Alabama head football coach Gene Stallings was hospitalized in Montgomery on Thursday night after suffering a mild stroke, but is now back at his Texas home. Stallings, speaking from his Paris, Texas, ranch on Saturday, said that...

CECIL HURT: QB debate is a rite of spring

For a second straight media opportunity this week, first on an SEC teleconference Monday and then in his pro-am appearances at the Regions Tradition golf event on Wednesday in Birmingham, Nick Saban was able to avoid any quarterback questions....

CECIL HURT: Little football talk at coaches’ discussion

The Southeastern Conference football coaches held a spring teleconference on Monday, with the questions centering far more on new rules (or possible future new rules) than plain old football. Well over half the questions asked were about the new...

CECIL HURT: What determines a great athlete?

In two consecutive nights watching the NBA Playoffs -- which frankly haven't been compelling in 2017 as Golden State and Cleveland appear to be on a collision course -- you could see the two sides of "clutch" on display. The...

CECIL HURT: Go with the new flow on signing

Forty years ago, college football in this part of the country had what was, in essence, an early signing period for prospects. Called the SEC Letter of Intent, the document — which prospects signed in December — was only binding among SEC member...

Alabama AD Greg Byrne named in lawsuit

University of Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne was mentioned Sunday in a lengthy ESPN investigative report on the relationship between a student-athlete and her assistant track coach at the University of Arizona during Byrne's tenure as the athletic director...

CECIL HURT: A dismal month for some UA teams

April is the cruelest month, as T.S. Eliot assured us, and University of Alabama athletics fans would confirm, as far as 2017 goes. Perhaps May holds a bit more promise. Things weren't quite the wasteland that Mr. Eliot describes. Football had...

CECIL HURT: Is Nick Saban worth new contract extension?

We're long past the point of debating whether Nick Saban is "worth" his salary. The question of whether Saban should be the highest-paid coach in college football was heated for a while. Detractors, aghast, decried the $4 million contract that...

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