CECIL HURT: Tua Tagovailoa will handle the adversity in the NFL

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For all the smoke and mirrors, to say nothing of the legitimate concerns, Tua Tagovailoa wound up precisely where most informed observers felt he would: Miami. That doesn’t mean we’ve heard the final word in Tua controversy, of course. Unless...

CECIL HURT: Optimism from Nick Saban just what Alabama fans need right now

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At approximately the time on Saturday that Nick Saban would, in a normal year, have been giving an update on his expectations for the Alabama football season ahead, the Crimson Tide head coach was at home where he was...

Behind the picks: Cecil Hurt’s A-Day team

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In lieu of a real A-Day Game, Cecil Hurt and Brett Hudson selected their own A-Day Teams. Here are the full teams, and here is Hudson's column describing his draft philosophy. In building a team for A-Day, especially this year’s imaginary...

CECIL HURT: A college football season without fans? Maybe

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There is still a tremendous amount of uncertainty regarding the near-term future of college sports, questions that must be answered about the coronavirus before events can be green-lighted. Not being an epidemiologist or an economist, there are many that...

CECIL HURT: Already racing, Tua talk shifts to a higher gear

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 With three weeks remaining before the NFL Draft answers all questions, the Tua War — with Team Tua, especially his agent Leigh Steinberg and his mentor Trent Dilfer, against the various forces who are determined to label the...

CECIL HURT: A look at the small controversy of Alabama and watches

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“Don’t it always seem to go,” Joni Mitchell sang (or Janet Jackson, if you came along a generation later), “that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone.” One more generation down the line and we get it. We...

CECIL HURT: Whatever happens, Nick Saban will be ready for it

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Nick Saban has been called many things over the course of his long coaching career. “Zoomer” has never been one of those things — until now. Saban has never embraced certain aspects of communications technology. He’s a well-known non-texter, for instance,...

CECIL HURT: Herb Jones testing the NBA waters

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With so much uncertainty facing the sporting world, is Alabama basketball in an uncertain spot as well? That might be a reasonable question after Herb Jones, the hard-hat heart and soul of the 2020 team, especially when healthy — there’s...

CECIL HURT: Now is the time to tinker with college football

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I don’t know if there will be college football in 2020 or not. I don’t know that, even if there is a season, it will look like every other season. No one knows. Everything is speculation. Every solution, at this...

CECIL HURT: Sooner or later we have to consider the unthinkable

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When unthinkable things happen there is a predictable, if uncomfortable, side effect. You start thinking about other unthinkable things, even bigger ones, because if that original unthinkable thing happens, who knows where the boundary lies? You could hear hints of that...
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