CECIL HURT: Of strength coaches, and the strength of coaches

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 Many men and women, especially successful ones, come to a crossroads one day and have to make a choice. In one direction is the smooth, steady path of continuing straight ahead on their journey. The other way is...

CECIL HURT: Tua talk dominates NFL Combine

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The Alabama basketball game started late on Saturday night and the heavyweight championship fight started even later, but one thing was 24/7, and will be for a couple of months into the future — NFL Draft conversation, most particularly...

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...

Alabama can’t seal the deal against Arkansas

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Despite the injuries, especially to Herb Jones, and despite the turnovers that led to 27 Arkansas points, the Alabama basketball team was in the position it wanted with a 3-point lead and just over four minutes to play. But Alabama...

CECIL HURT: Tua-mania for a day in Miami

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One of the charms of the annual Super Bowl build-up, besides the Puppy Bowl of course, are the exotic propositions on which a person of sporting spirit and legal sports-book access can make a friendly wager. They range from football-oriented...

CECIL HURT: Decent day for Jalen Hurts; transfer mill grinds on

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There are still mixed emotions about the NCAA’s transfer rules, and this week — actually, all of January — put every aspect on display, from the positive to the perplexing. Let’s go with the good news first. The reception for...

CECIL HURT: Volume on Alabama basketball buzz getting louder

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There is a buzz building around this University of Alabama basketball team. It’s not a roar, or even a din. There has been no window-rattling sonic boom. Last week’s two victories have started attracting attention. The home victory over an...

CECIL HURT: LSU is top dog now, but what about 2020?

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Man, that Ed Orgeron must be hard to work for. Isn’t that the standard reaction when assistant coaches leave after a highly successful season? It’s a comment Nick Saban has heard often enough during Alabama’s run of five national championships,...

CECIL HURT: Alabama’s new system slowly taking effect

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LEXINGTON, Ky. It was an hour after the team bus was supposed to leave for Blue Grass Airport in Lexington and Nate Oats was sitting exactly where he didn’t want to be — in a downstairs locker room in Rupp...

CECIL HURT: Tua’s decision was the right one

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On Monday, Tua Tagovailoa had one more aching part of his body. Not his ankle. Not his hand. Not his hip. His heart. Tagovailoa announced he was leaving Alabama to enter the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. Any sound logic supports the decision....
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