CECIL HURT: NFL Draft selections keep rising under Saban

The NFL Draft and “Avengers: Endgame” both get started on Thursday night (yes, the movie officially opens Friday but there are those late-night sneak previews for the die-hards.) Given the spectacle and sheer length of both events — although the...

CECIL HURT: A good athletic director is worth fighting for

A generation ago, athletic directors at universities where football drove the athletic department budget tended to be — not surprisingly — football coaches. Sometimes it was the football coach himself — Paul “Bear” Bryant at Alabama, Pat Dye at Auburn,...

CECIL HURT: Alabama football team already looking ahead

As the Alabama football team left the field last Saturday after the A-Day Game, divided into a Crimson team and a White team, the annual reality of four months without college football set in. There will be some scrimmaging...

CECIL HURT: A few post-A-Day observations

This will always be remembered as the A-Day where Nick Saban placed himself on injured reserve. As the traditional close of spring football, A-Day is always a time for taking stock of where the University of Alabama football team stands...

CECIL HURT: What Nick Saban means by ‘a good spring’

Nick Saban started his final press conference before A-Day by invoking the reliable coaching chestnut: “No one ever has a bad recruiting class, no one ever has a bad spring.” The point he was making to the media on Thursday...

CECIL HURT: Nick Saban gives detailed answer on NFL draft, early entry

Nick Saban started with a simple observation about Alabama’s second scrimmage of the spring. The Crimson Tide’s experienced players — an abundance on offense, a smattering on defense — do well, make less mistakes and give the sort of...

CECIL HURT: Nick Saban addresses Alabama run game

Perhaps because so much attention has been paid to the Alabama quarterback position over the past few seasons, there seems to have been less preseason conversation about the running backs, stretching back as far as Derrick Henry’s 2015 Heisman...

CECIL HURT: Notes from Nate Oats’ first week as Alabama basketball coach

While it wasn’t quite mass hysteria, Nate Oats proved popular in a setting of basketball conversation and chicken wings on Monday night. Oats, who was introduced as the new head basketball coach at Alabama last Thursday, seemed to win the...

CECIL HURT: Nate Oats gets to work early on recruiting

Nate Oats hit the ground running in recruiting, clearly. On Saturday night, the new head coach of the Alabama men’s basketball team received his first UA commitment when 6-foot-9, 225-pound Raymond Hawkins announced that he would join the Crimson Tide,...

CECIL HURT: Greg Bryne had to move quick with Nate Oats hire

On Monday afternoon, Greg Byrne had no basketball coach, just a plan. On Thursday afternoon, he had a basketball coach. The whirlwind in between wasn’t entirely by design but it worked out well. Nate Oats, who was considered one of college...
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