CECIL HURT: Recruits are hearing a steady Bama buzz after title

The general consensus about the December early signing period for football was “wait and see.” Not many coaches liked the change, with Nick Saban being the most vociferous critic. But with another signing date coming up in about three weeks,...

CECIL HURT: Fitzpatrick is one of the greatest, on and off the field

Although University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban encourages his potential early exit draft choices to get the most relevant information, there are occasions in which a player’s decision is a mystery or, more rarely, a risky step. It’s...

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: Saban always ready for next challenge

Nick Saban isn’t aiming for a place in history on Monday night. That has already been assured, regardless of how his 2017 team finishes its year against the Georgia Bulldogs. The Alabama coach, leading the Crimson Tide into an...

CECIL HURT: Title has different significance for Georgia, Alabama

Driving back from Athens (and the less said about that trip, the better) to Atlanta on a sunny Saturday, on a day when the Falcons were getting ready for a playoff game, there was only one topic — the...

CECIL HURT: Sugar Bowl win was ugly, but it worked

NEW ORLEANS - After a month of mulling over ugliness, things were back to normal for Alabama at the Superdome on Monday night. Still ugly, but in a beautiful way. The Crimson Tide earned no style points in bludgeoning Clemson in...

CECIL HURT: What did Nick Saban learn from loss to Clemson?

Losing to Clemson in last season’s College Football Playoff championship game was painful, Nick Saban acknowledges. Losing to Auburn a little over a month ago hurt, too. Saban doesn’t deny that. But when Saban spent a portion of his media day...

Cecil Hurt: Harrison provides fire for Tide defense

In a season in which the narrative about the Alabama defense has been as much about the men who are missing – linebackers who have been lost to injury – Ronnie Harrison has been a fixture. On a team that...

Daboll needs improvement, not perfection

If Brian Daboll were a doctor, you’d like that he seems remarkably calm considering that his patient’s head has fallen off and he has a heart that might explode at any moment. That’s been the public diagnosis of the Alabama...

CECIL HURT: Tide’s Sugar Bowl history suggests QB doesn’t have to be dominant

The Alabama football team has won the Sugar Bowl eight times in its history and has another win in a post-season game in a bowl atmosphere in New Orleans that technically was not a “Sugar Bowl” under the BCS...

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