CECIL HURT: This is a different kind of heartache

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There are important things for this country to think about, as we’ve been thinking for the past four days. That doesn’t mean sports is the most important one — health, security, education, jobs, family and human response are all important....

CECIL HURT: Gut-wrenching to see athletes’ careers end this way

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Even before the official announcement that the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament was canceled, you could tell in a brief walk around downtown Nashville that the heart of the events — the fans — had stopped pumping. The decision not...

CECIL HURT: Tournament Time has changed for Alabama and it’s not been a good...

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 The Southeastern Conference Tournament was once a happy destination for the Alabama men’s basketball team, sort of like Spring Break at the beach, or a Vegas vacation, or at least taking the kids out for ice cream.  As someone...

CECIL HURT: Alabama women on the cusp

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Like most coaches, Kristy Curry admits to having a few game-day superstitions, nothing extraordinary, just habits that she likes to repeat as small rituals. But she is quick to note that she believes that “teams create their own luck.” Still,...

CECIL HURT: You have to look long-term with Alabama basketball

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Sometimes you control the numbers. But sometimes the numbers control you and that’s a hard situation to take. That was the case with the Alabama basketball team on Saturday night. One can analyze the game against South Carolina in different...

CECIL HURT: Of strength coaches, and the strength of coaches

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 Many men and women, especially successful ones, come to a crossroads one day and have to make a choice. In one direction is the smooth, steady path of continuing straight ahead on their journey. The other way is...

CECIL HURT: Tua talk dominates NFL Combine

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The Alabama basketball game started late on Saturday night and the heavyweight championship fight started even later, but one thing was 24/7, and will be for a couple of months into the future — NFL Draft conversation, most particularly...

CECIL HURT: Despite changes Saban still enjoys recruiting

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Like all of us, Nick Saban has his good days and his bad days. But be careful not to suggest he has idle days. The Alabama head football coach took what seemed to be good-natured umbrage at the suggestion that...

Alabama can’t seal the deal against Arkansas

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Despite the injuries, especially to Herb Jones, and despite the turnovers that led to 27 Arkansas points, the Alabama basketball team was in the position it wanted with a 3-point lead and just over four minutes to play. But Alabama...

CECIL HURT: Tua-mania for a day in Miami

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One of the charms of the annual Super Bowl build-up, besides the Puppy Bowl of course, are the exotic propositions on which a person of sporting spirit and legal sports-book access can make a friendly wager. They range from football-oriented...
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