CECIL HURT: Nick Saban has fiery message

Someone — probably me, since I was the media guest at “The Nick Saban Show” on Thursday night — probably should have asked the Alabama head coach how his new hip was feeling after a grueling August camp. The...

CECIL HURT: Will the Alabama aura of invincibility return?

TideSports College Football Preview   If you go back a year to The Tuscaloosa News’ 2018 College Football special section, you would find this paragraph as the opening for my preseason column of that season. This could be the greatest season ever...

CECIL HURT: A few surprises on Depth Chart Day

The first thing a person would think when looking at the defensive side of the depth chart/administrative grouping/possible playing time predictor that the University of Alabama released Monday is this defense should be very, very good. That’s partly because of...

CECIL HURT: This week about Alabama forming an identity

Even in a limited media viewing, an observer can tell when a team has reached the point where it is tired of taking out its frustration on teammates. That’s not necessarily a negative. What Nick Saban wants to see now...

CECIL HURT: Backup QB an interesting storyline for Alabama

  If the adage about the most popular player on the Alabama football team in any given year being the backup quarterback is true, then: Mac Jones, prepare to meet the world. Now, slam on the brakes immediately before the analysis...

CECIL HURT: Sometimes with Saban, the answers are found in the answering

  Nick Saban’s press conferences are often seen as a series of 45-second to two-minute long segments, usually consisting of reports on the progress of the team or, occasionally, reactions that are sometimes humorous, sometimes contentious and sometimes both simultaneously. That’s...

CECIL HURT: Alabama at the top of the list, and it’s hard to argue...

College football preseason is also list season, if there is such a thing as list season since Americans love lists of all kinds — best left-handed quarterback, best song, best hot dog stand, anything that can be listed, ranked...

CECIL HURT: Injuries have a ripple effect

Sometimes Alabama football seems to be awash in injuries, with Nick Saban listing casualties (of varying degree, to be fair) like he is calling roll in an infirmary. Whether research would show that UA actually has more injuries than...

CECIL HURT: Injuries have a ripple effect

Sometimes Alabama football seems to be awash in injuries, with Nick Saban listing casualties (of varying degree, to be fair) like he is calling roll in an infirmary. Whether research would show that UA actually has more injuries than...

CECIL HURT: Wednesday’s scoreboard is Saban 1, Small Talk 0

 Some August days at Alabama football practice seem like what they are — preparatory work in the pre-season. That’s been the case for the week or so, but Wednesday had a different feel with the heat, the full pads...
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