CECIL HURT: NBA free agency recalls old-time college football recruiting

If you want a sense of what college football recruiting was like in the old days — that means the really old days before recruiting was an industry — you could get a good idea from NBA free agency. Minus...

CECIL HURT: Eryk Anders not ready to quit MMA just yet

Of all the former Nick Saban-era Alabama football players who have entered the “real world” after college, Eryk Anders’ world is probably more real than any of the others. Anders started out as an obscure Mike Shula-era signee. Here is...

CECIL HURT: Alabama recruiting in acceleration mode for June

This wasn’t meant to be the second of a two-part series of columns, but sometimes events coincide with a topic so closely that a follow-up becomes unavoidable. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the profound and, in some...

CECIL HURT: Answers not easy for this football scheduling quiz

This pop quiz is being given because, as is natural in the college football information wasteland of late June, one of the annual topics is scheduling, who is scheduling whom and, invariably, what kind of non-conference schedule Alabama is...

CECIL HURT: Not vintage, but a decent year for Alabama sports

The athletic year 2018-2019 is over at The University of Alabama. Whether you view the season as a fine wine from a vintage year or a bottle of off-the-convenience-mart-shelf with a screw top and an expiration date coming up...

CECIL HURT: June’s now a big month for recruiting

When the NCAA recruiting calendar changed a couple of years ago with the addition of a December signing date, hardcore followers of football talent knew that there might be unintended consequences. No one predicted, though, that the month with...

CECIL HURT: Walt Gary will continue to touch lives

At Nick Saban’s annual Nick’s Kids charity golf event last Thursday, a worthy event for a worthy cause, many of the people who passed through the Old Overton clubhouse en route to the course asked the same questions to...

Nick Saban retiring soon? Don’t bet on it

VESTAVIA HILLS -- Hypothetically, Nick Saban could make a killing in Las Vegas. An online sports book — not quite the MGM Grand but still a legal betting establishment — has set an over/under of 5.5 years before Saban announces...

CECIL HURT: There’s lots to distill on SEC’s alcohol decision

The war raged for three years. They battled in the aisles and under the stately oaks of The Quad. They fought on the radio airwaves and the darkest swampy recesses of Alabama Twitter. Sometimes it was neighbor against neighbor,...

CECIL HURT: Bohannon continues long-term rebuilding effort

Brad Bohannon isn’t standing still and he doesn’t intend to let the University of Alabama baseball program stand still either. “Since the season ended (on May 18), I think I’ve been at home two nights,” Bohannon said on Friday during...
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