CECIL HURT: Alabama recruiting in acceleration mode for June

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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: Ishmael Sopsher signing adds to LSU-Alabama feud

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“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

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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: June’s now a big month for recruiting

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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

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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: A story that was too short, with the bitterest ending

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There is no clear way to remove the sheer tragedy of the situation from the analysis. Alabama did not issue an immediate medical report, but several sources indicated a hip dislocation and fracture, an injury that would require far...

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

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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: The heavens turned after halftime

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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: 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: Despite changes Saban still enjoys recruiting

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Like all of us, Nick Saban has his good days and his bad days. But be careful not to suggest he has idle days. The Alabama head football coach took what seemed to be good-natured umbrage at the suggestion that...
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