CECIL HURT: A look at the small controversy of Alabama and watches

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“Don’t it always seem to go,” Joni Mitchell sang (or Janet Jackson, if you came along a generation later), “that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone.” One more generation down the line and we get it. We...

CECIL HURT: Whatever happens, Nick Saban will be ready for it

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Nick Saban has been called many things over the course of his long coaching career. “Zoomer” has never been one of those things — until now. Saban has never embraced certain aspects of communications technology. He’s a well-known non-texter, for instance,...

CECIL HURT: Herb Jones testing the NBA waters

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With so much uncertainty facing the sporting world, is Alabama basketball in an uncertain spot as well? That might be a reasonable question after Herb Jones, the hard-hat heart and soul of the 2020 team, especially when healthy — there’s...

CECIL HURT: Now is the time to tinker with college football

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I don’t know if there will be college football in 2020 or not. I don’t know that, even if there is a season, it will look like every other season. No one knows. Everything is speculation. Every solution, at this...

CECIL HURT: Sooner or later we have to consider the unthinkable

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When unthinkable things happen there is a predictable, if uncomfortable, side effect. You start thinking about other unthinkable things, even bigger ones, because if that original unthinkable thing happens, who knows where the boundary lies? You could hear hints of that...

CECIL HURT: This is a different kind of heartache

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There are important things for this country to think about, as we’ve been thinking for the past four days. That doesn’t mean sports is the most important one — health, security, education, jobs, family and human response are all important....

CECIL HURT: Gut-wrenching to see athletes’ careers end this way

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Even before the official announcement that the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament was canceled, you could tell in a brief walk around downtown Nashville that the heart of the events — the fans — had stopped pumping. The decision not...

CECIL HURT: Tournament Time has changed for Alabama and it’s not been a good...

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 The Southeastern Conference Tournament was once a happy destination for the Alabama men’s basketball team, sort of like Spring Break at the beach, or a Vegas vacation, or at least taking the kids out for ice cream.  As someone...

CECIL HURT: Alabama women on the cusp

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Like most coaches, Kristy Curry admits to having a few game-day superstitions, nothing extraordinary, just habits that she likes to repeat as small rituals. But she is quick to note that she believes that “teams create their own luck.” Still,...

CECIL HURT: You have to look long-term with Alabama basketball

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Sometimes you control the numbers. But sometimes the numbers control you and that’s a hard situation to take. That was the case with the Alabama basketball team on Saturday night. One can analyze the game against South Carolina in different...
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