Tuesday, February 19, 2019

CECIL HURT: Alabama must fix ‘energy level’ issue, and fast

Give the Alabama basketball team credit for one thing as it enters its third annual February swoon. Over the course of back-to-back blowout losses in the past week, one in Starkville and the other at home to a Florida...

CECIL HURT: AAF financial success not yet determined

Is the Alliance of American Football going to be a financial success? That’s not certain and one weekend, albeit a successful first weekend in terms of positive reviews and decent television ratings, isn’t enough data to make any final...

CECIL HURT: Final thoughts on SEC recruiting winners and losers

College football recruiting always leaves a few odds and ends to clear up — you can’t cover all the highs and lows in a day. The 2019 Alabama recruiting class has been micro analyzed, of course, but there are...

CECIL HURT: Ishmael Sopsher signing adds to LSU-Alabama feud

“It’s not political.” With those words, Ishmael Sopsher, the defensive tackle from Amite, Louisiana, prefaced his decision to sign with the University of Alabama. He was the big piece of the puzzle, metaphorically as well as physically, in the Crimson...

CECIL HURT: Recruiting’s not what it used to be

Before National Signing Day was a huge national football event — which it was, before the early college signing period made it less huge again — there was a transitional period as it went from largely regional interest to...

CECIL HURT: ‘Patriot fatigue?’ More like ‘Patriot coma’

Last autumn, as football fans around the country spoke of suffering from a syndrome called “Alabama fatigue,” one had to wonder what the more virulent form of the malady might be. Simply referring to it as “Patriot fatigue” somehow seems...

CECIL HURT: Plenty of football knowledge on UA staff

If you have out-of-town visitors who haven’t been to Tuscaloosa in a decade or so, the first thing they will likely notice is the boom in housing units, with apartments and condominiums springing up from downtown to Alberta City. “Students?,”...

Tuscaloosa News’ Cecil Hurt to receive Mel Allen Award

BIRMINGHAM – Tuscaloosa News Sports Editor Cecil Hurt will be honored by the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame with the 2019 Mel Allen Media Award. Hurt will be recognized at the ASHOF banquet and ceremony for the 51st induction class...

CECIL HURT: Jack Rutledge ‘The Governor’ embodied Alabama football

There were times during University of Alabama football practice in the 1970s when you’d look around for Jack Rutledge, who coached the centers and guards on the offensive line, and couldn’t spot him right away. Then you’d take a...

CECIL HURT: Questioning the referees’ calls

The easiest column in sports writing, the one guaranteed to strike a sympathetic chord with readers, is some variation on “referees are terrible. Who will deliver us from this terrible scourge of referees?” Unless you actually are a referee,...
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