CECIL HURT: Maybe Alabama should roll the dice more often on fourth down

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The University of Alabama’s football success under Nick Saban has had a curious side effect on a week-by-week basis as every game — which means, more often than not, every victory — is dissected. Fans, analysts and opposing coaches...

CECIL HURT: Super QB? Yes. Super team? Not yet in this metropolis

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You can excuse Alabama fans for feeling a bit confused on Saturday. After all, they had watched their beloved Crimson Tide win for the 25th time in a row against an SEC opponent, by a comfortable margin. That’s the way...

CECIL HURT: Time to tone down schedule complaints

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There is no way to reduce the temperature on the field for the rest of the 2019 football season. But maybe it’s time to dial back the rhetoric. Nobody has contributed to it any more than I have, but the...

Practice report: Sept. 10, 2019

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After playing without the top two centers on its depth chart against New Mexico State, the University of Alabama football team had some promising presences at practice on Tuesday as both Chris Owens and Emil Ekiyor Jr., the most...

CECIL HURT: Schedule rant aside, Alabama learns a little something

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  Believe it or not, there are some things that can be learned from Alabama playing a New Mexico State. There are opportunities there for a staff to learn things, for young players to get experience. But once again,...

CECIL HURT: Saban urges fan support for Saturday

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The Thursday night edition of "The Nick Saban Show," his weekly call-in program, remains some of the best under-the-radar college football listening available — it’s really sort of a Saban podcast, with the questions usually serving as little more...

CECIL HURT: Saban looks to improve the running game

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College football coverage these days is done with a microscope. The easy access to instant replay, and an abundance of former players, former coaches and fans who are X-and-O savants (there are some) can result in breaking down plays...

CECIL HURT: Nick Saban wraps up a frustrating week with a win and some...

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ATLANTA This wasn’t baseball, so Nick Saban didn’t get an ejection on Saturday, just a 15-yard penalty. But if there was ever a week when Saban would have welcomed an early shower and a few minutes to unwind (as if the...

CECIL HURT: Nick Saban has fiery message

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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?

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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...
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