CECIL HURT: Conspiracy theories abound, optimism is in shorter supply

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There was a lot of complaining on Friday night that someone at the poker table was dealing from the bottom of the deck. There was also concern that the whole game was being played in a house of cards...

CECIL HURT: Pending SEC schedule probably won’t make anyone happy

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While the first steps of the journey to Alabama’s 2020 football schedule are complete, there is still some distance to cover and, as always, it’s a trip the Crimson Tide must make carrying the burden of history.   Alabama knows how...

CECIL HURT: Whatever is decided, 2020 will cut deeply at UA

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  Santa Claus remains uncertain whether he will come down the 2020 chimney on December 24 as scheduled. He is considering a date in late January with his bagful of toys filled to no more than 20 percent capacity. He...

CECIL HURT: Can SEC survive silent stadiums?

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  Baseball was back on television this weekend and there were “fans” of a sort — virtual fans, in some cases, or cardboard cutout fans, with some piped-in noise.   Not one of them bought a ticket.    That’s one of the major issues...

CECIL HURT: Speculation continues on UA opponents, attendance but no answer on season

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Syracuse will play in front of zero home fans if there is a football season, according to New York state officials.   Texas officials, meanwhile, are still talking about playing football in terms of playing in half-full stadiums, which sounds gloomy...

CECIL HURT: Alabama scrambling, uncertainty continues as BYU is possible

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  For all the complaints about the Southeastern Conference and the other Power 5 leagues that have yet to announce any firm decision about the 2020 college football season, it is obvious that the delay has nothing to do with...

CECIL HURT: Alabama athletics still earning, spending but wary about future

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No one has slipped out of town and is now living like a king in Patagonia. No one accidentally misplaced $24.5 million of the revenue generated by University of Alabama athletics in the 2019 fiscal year. There was no angry...

CECIL HURT: SEC football at the 2-minute warning

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The growing frustration of Southeastern Conference football fans, trapped between the two options of “play” or “don’t play” are understandable. Hopes have been raised, then lowered, over the past five months. The optimism of May is long gone and...

SEC hoping the door to football season opens but without certainty

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You can walk around a lavish palace with a hall of mirrors and door leading into labyrinthine hallways, following every twist and turn.  You still have to knock on the door first.  That’s where we stand right now in terms of...

CECIL HURT: Everyone has the same question, whether in Tuscaloosa or The White House

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  “Stick to sports” has become a worn-out cliche in this job. At least I assume it’s worn out since I rarely hear it any more as if anyone could write anything on any topic in 2020 — sports, weddings,...
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