CECIL HURT: Jalen Hurts didn’t take advantage of his opportunity

Jalen Hurts’ last entry in the statistical record for A-Day was a tackle. A tackle he had to make after throwing an interception. That’s never an auspicious ending to a game for any quarterback but it summed up what was...

CECIL HURT: Redemption will have to come later for Hugh Freeze

Not since Greg McElroy did the pogo along the Florida sideline in the 2009 SEC Championship Game has anyone from Alabama done a balancing act as nimble as Nick Saban’s answer to questions about Hugh Freeze on Tuesday night. Freeze...

CECIL HURT: NCAA kickoff decision too drastic?

The clothesline by Mekhi Brown in the College Football Playoff Championship Game just over three months ago. The explosive tackle by Reuben Foster on Leonard Fournette at the end of regulation in the 2014 Alabama win at LSU. Mack...

CECIL HURT: Nothing ‘little’ about Tua’s hand injury

Nick Saban said Saturday that Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had “a little setback” related to an earlier injury on his throwing hand. That’s simple enough, right? Except that when it comes to Alabama quarterbacks in general and Tagovailoa in particular, nothing...

CECIL HURT: ‘Everyone hates us’ mantra can be good motivator for UA at times

Has the epidemic of Alabama fatigue, the national ailment of college football, finally come to this? Four Mississippi State students were arrested Wednesday for breaking into the Mal Moore Athletic Facility complex and absconding with memorabilia — trophies and such,...

CECIL HURT: About the timeframe for naming a starting QB – don’t ask

You won’t see it on 30-second sound bytes from a press conference, but Nick Saban does have an understanding side. He knows reporters aren’t asking about the quarterback position simply to be annoying. He has been in the coaching business...

CECIL HURT: Gymnastics team trying to put it all together at regional

University of Alabama gymnastics fans derive many benefits from hosting an NCAA Regional like the one at Coleman Coliseum on Saturday. The main one is seeing six stellar teams in action. But for the home fans, it is one more...

CECIL HURT: There’s a lot in common with UConn and Alabama

For a second straight year, the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team saw its hopes of an undefeated season and a national championship dashed in the Final Four, losing an overtime classic to Notre Dame on Friday night. I won’t...

CECIL HURT: Mal Moore’s legacy still resonates at Alabama

Five years ago on Friday — on March 30, 2013 — Mal Moore passed away. The passage of time, even if you hardly notice it as it goes racing by, is so fast when you pause long enough to notice...

CECIL HURT: Final Four connections to Wimp Sanderson

The Wimp Sanderson coaching tree, not talked about in the same terms as Dean Smith’s, perhaps, but certainly representative of Sanderson’s long run of college success, has made it back to the Final Four. Porter Moser, the head coach at...

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