CECIL HURT: Jalen Hurts’ decision to return one less distraction for Alabama

Like a Wimbledon tennis star ripping an ace on his serve, Nick Saban got everyone’s attention at Southeastern Conference Media Days last week when he said, in response to a question, that he “didn’t know” if junior quarterback Jalen...

CECIL HURT: Tide’s new color analyst will have to be prepared

There’s been no word yet on the replacement for Phil Savage as the color analyst in the Alabama football radio booth … but as the great Ken Stabler would have put it, “I think something is fixing to happen,...

CECIL HURT: A kicker with anonymity can be a good thing

Mercedes-Benz Stadium sits just down the street from the College Football Hall of Fame, where the Southeastern Conference held its annual Media Days event for most of the past week. Memories, though, didn’t extend quite that far, or perhaps...

CECIL HURT: Auburn certainly in the mix for CFP spot

THURSDAY RECAP FROM SEC MEDIA DAYS Gus Malzahn is never going to the life of any party — unless it’s a ping-pong party, apparently. The great revelation about Malzahn to come out of SEC Media Days on Thursday came via AU...

Cecil Hurt: Saban lights a fire over QB questions

WEDNESDAY RECAP FROM SEC MEDIA DAYS Nick Saban, relaying the funny story about his boat being stranded by a faulty fuel pump on Lake Tuscaloosa earlier this summer, said that one of the after-effects was that fans had sent him...

CECIL HURT: Debate over the value of experience at SEC Media Days

FULL COVERAGE FROM SEC MEDIA DAYS - DAY 2 If there was a whiff of controversy at the usually benign SEC Media Days on Tuesday, it didn’t come from the podium, where things were fairly dull. The pungent breeze instead came...

Cecil Hurt: Orgeron needs a season without ‘ifs’

RECAP OF MONDAY AT SEC MEDIA DAYS There’s an oversimplification out there that says that all Ed Orgeron needs to do at LSU is to win against Alabama. Obviously, that’s the game LSU fans want most. The question is whether things...

CECIL HURT: With new venue, will it still be same old SEC Media Days?

SEC Media Days will be venturing out of its parents’ basement at age 33, not unusual these days. Whether the first tentative steps out of Birmingham will be successful remains to be seen. The College Football Hall of Fame is...

CECIL HURT: Here we go again with Alabama’s linebacker ‘hex’

There is still plenty of time to brush up on the roster -- not the depth chart, because how can there be a depth chart for Alabama football in July if there is never a depth chart for Alabama...

CECIL HURT: NBA broadcasts are a boon for Bama

Let’s face it. There is not much on the line at the NBA Summer League games in Las Vegas this month, unless you are a former college standout like Alabama’s Levi Randolph, looking to grab a few minutes of...

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