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: Alabama loaded with talent, but not elite yet

The University of Alabama football program has accomplished so much in a decade under Nick Saban that the Crimson Tide head coach sometimes encounters a frustrating problem. Saban has to convince the world that a team that's just wrapped up...

CECIL HURT: Alabama recruiting in acceleration mode for June

This wasn’t meant to be the second of a two-part series of columns, but sometimes events coincide with a topic so closely that a follow-up becomes unavoidable. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the profound and, in some...

CECIL HURT: June’s now a big month for recruiting

When the NCAA recruiting calendar changed a couple of years ago with the addition of a December signing date, hardcore followers of football talent knew that there might be unintended consequences. No one predicted, though, that the month with...

CECIL HURT: NBA free agency recalls old-time college football recruiting

If you want a sense of what college football recruiting was like in the old days — that means the really old days before recruiting was an industry — you could get a good idea from NBA free agency. Minus...

CECIL HURT: The heavens turned after halftime

Celebrate the win with a commemorative newspaper or poster from The Tuscaloosa News! Click here for ordering information. In Hawaiian lore, the world begins in chaos – “O ke au i kahuli wela ka honua,” the time when the world...

CECIL HURT: Circumstances changed for Jalen Hurts, but his heart never did

Heart. Forget about the heart Alabama ripped out of Georgia’s chest when it batted away Jake Fromm’s last pass, leaving it to lie alongside its still-beating twin on the opposite side of the end zone where the Crimson Tide removed...

CECIL HURT: For Saban, lopsided numbers not his big concern

After Alabama’s dominant performance in Nashville last week, you might have felt you were seeing a synchronized offense/defense/special teams effort of the kind that even great football teams produce only once a decade or so. Instead, it's become once a...

Former Alabama coach Gene Stallings recovering after mild stroke

Former University of Alabama head football coach Gene Stallings was hospitalized in Montgomery on Thursday night after suffering a mild stroke, but is now back at his Texas home. Stallings, speaking from his Paris, Texas, ranch on Saturday, said that...

Cecil Hurt: The touching story behind Jalen Hurts’ viral video

University of Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts attracts attention with almost everything he does on the football field. He's just as recognizable off the field, a statewide celebrity even though he's just finished his freshman season as a football player. So...
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