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Saturday, July 22, 2017

CECIL HURT: Has ACC taken over conference supremacy?

With their dueling Media Days last week, the Southeastern Conference and the Atlantic Coast conference vied for attention but also fired a few salvos - mainly from the ACC side - about which is the "best" conference in college...

CECIL HURT: Hugh Freeze facing the music slowly

According to the multi-talented Ben Jones of our Tuscaloosa News sports staff, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze delivered an opening statement at Thursday morning's session of SEC Media Days that totaled 2,773 words. For Oxford-themed comparative purposes, William Faulkner's...

CECIL HURT: Nick Saban has a knack of using failures to breed success

A failure, to paraphrase Nick Saban, is a terrible thing to waste. Perhaps because failures have been so rare at Alabama since 2008, Saban has learned to treat them as resources, to use them like fuel. The new phrasing from...

CECIL HURT: Jim McElwain would rather be talking about Gators instead of bears, sharks

Jim McElwain was asked about sharks and bears at SEC Media Days on Tuesday and didn't get a single direct question about Florida State, and got exactly one about Alabama, which sums up the frustrating current position of Florida...

CECIL HURT: Arkansas coach Bret Bielema needs to produce results

Fayetteville, Arkansas, is a great college town. You can walk down Dickson Street on a spring day and enjoy the atmosphere, take a few steps off Dickson and stop into Hammontree for a gourmet grilled cheese or have a...

CECIL HURT: SEC Media Days draws 14 big acts

SEC Media Days is starting to take on a familiar look. Like many of the dozens of midsummer music festivals across the land, the SEC will present 14 big acts — the head coaches — and a broader range...

CECIL HURT: The fun in SEC rivalries

There's no problem with an entity -- like a sports league -- engaging in what could be called "blockbuster marketing." That's different than Blockbuster Marketing, which didn't ultimately work out so well unless you managed to avoid two years...

CECIL HURT: A nation big enough for rivalry, unity

Happy 231st birthday, everyone. That means every American, not just the ones you agree with. It doesn't matter if your great-great-great-great-grandparents were in what was called America 231 years ago, or whether it was just the group of English colonies...

CECIL HURT: Alabama vs. FSU has chance to be memorable opener

Let's start at the very beginning... No, this isn't a summer stock rehearsal for "The Sound of Music," despite the lyrics. It's a recognition that July has arrived which, at least in Alabama, means that college football is transitioning from...

CECIL HURT: SEC brimming with optimism for 2017-18

Don't worry, the football onslaught is coming. After a few Fourth of July firecrackers, SEC Media Days will be upon us and the entire college sports world will be awash in 900 hot takes on Alabama's depth at defensive end...

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