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Sunday, November 19, 2017

CECIL HURT: Now we can turn our attention to the ‘Game of the Year’

Now we can all talk about what we've all been talking about anyway. Now we can dispense with the loser-takes-paycheck game and proceed to the winner-takes-all game between Alabama and Auburn. We can compare scores. Auburn will lead with Mississippi...

CECIL HURT: SEC teams looking for a coach should swing for the fences

The coaching carousel spins earlier every autumn in the Southeastern Conference. In the upcoming calm-before-the-storm Saturday, three interim coaches will be helping the SEC bake the cupcakes — ummm, I mean participate in some fiercely competitive games — and...

SEC Power Poll: Auburn’s voodoo strikes again

For a brief moment last Saturday night -- OK, let's be honest, for several brief moments -- Mississippi State seemed on the verge of turning the SEC Power Poll upside down. But the Alabama Crimson Tide found a way...

CECIL HURT: Like it or not, Alabama needed to be pushed to the brink

STARKVILLE, Miss. — America has seen many years of awesome Alabama. Years of overwhelming Alabama. Years of big bad bully Alabama. But scrappy, gritty Alabama? Who, aside from Nick Saban, ever expected that? That doesn't mean Alabama has never lost an SEC...

CECIL HURT: Alabama basketball status a little cloudy at the moment

One of Avery Johnson’s many positives as the University of Alabama’s head basketball coach has been his willingness to play a strong non-conference schedule, building his team and his team’s brand simultaneously. You have to wonder, though: would Johnson have...

SEC Power Poll: Florida enters the basement

The SEC appears to be in pretty good shape as the College Football Playoff approaches, maybe even getting two teams into the four-team field -- unless Auburn messes everything up, which is entirely possible. Mississippi State could also mess...

Men’s basketball defeats Alabama-Huntsville in exhibition game

The University of Alabama men's basketball team started slowly but never grew shorter on Monday night, wearing down the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers in a 74-65 exhibition victory on Monday night. The outcome was overshadowed by the absence of four Alabama players,...

CECIL HURT: November is all about survival

What was the Game of the Century not so long ago might as well have been the Game of the 17th Century on Saturday night. It's been six years since Alabama and LSU faced each other in a pair of...

CECIL HURT: Clock is ticking for AJ McCarron

Was AJ McCarron standing on the pier with his ticket in hand, only to see the gangplank pulled away as he stared furtively at the Titanic sailing away? The general consensus seems to be McCarron, the former Alabama quarterback and...

SEC Power Poll: McElwain starts 2017 coaching carousel

The real winner in showing SEC Power this week isn't a particular team. It was an underappreciated group: interim coaches. The league now has two, with Randy Shannon taking over for Jim McElwain at Florida and joining Matt Luke...

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