SEC Power Poll: Alabama stumbles; new team tops poll

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The Southeastern Conference is squarely in the second half of the basketball season with 12 of 14 teams still hoping to at least be decent. As of Monday, all 12 of those hopefuls were in the RPI Top 120....

CECIL HURT: Alabama fans rooting for Falcons, Julio

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By Cecil Hurt Sports Editor There's no research I know of that would prove this point definitively, but it's possible Tuscaloosa is about as neutral a community as there is in America when it comes to watching a Super Bowl. There isn't...

CECIL HURT: It’s agonizing to fall short, but Tide can bounce back

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There is nothing harder. Going undefeated for a season in college football is difficult, more difficult than people seem to realize. No team did it this year. No team did it last year. Alabama came within one second of doing it,...

CECIL HURT: Alabama dominance threatening to many

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If you want a sense of the real dynamic at work for the College Football Playoff National Championship, you needed to step away from the staged press conferences for coaches and listen to some of the questions directed at...

CECIL HURT: Dabo still true to himself, and it’s still working

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There's one difficulty in interviewing Dabo Swinney 2017 after you have interviewed Dabo Swinney 2016. You get the same Dabo. The circumstances surrounding Swinney might change, although in this case they haven't changed that much as he brings his Clemson Tigers back to the...

CECIL HURT: Nick Saban, Alabama plowing straight ahead

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Nick Saban didn't explode at his Wednesday press conference, perhaps choosing to save the warheads for a bigger stage in Tampa. There were quarterback questions and Sarkisian questions although the actual name "Lane Kiffin" was circumvented in the way Harry...

Year-by-year: Looking back at the Nick Saban era

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2016 Preseason ranking: No. 1 Outlook: For a third straight season, the questions were offensive: who would replace Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry and, as usual, who would be the quarterback? Biggest surprise: Two words – Jalen Hurts. In less than his...

HURT: Saban Era has surpassed all expectations

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No one knew. No one knew for certain 10 years ago that Alabama was on the verge of another Golden Age, that a plane landing on a Tarmac in Tuscaloosa was bringing not just a talented football coach – everyone...

Top 10 villains of Nick Saban era

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For any story to be riveting, two elements are required: a protagonist and an antagonist. What's more, the antagonist has to be interesting: either equally powerful or at least representative of a meaningful, if opposite, point of view. Heroes who...

GAMEDAY: Winning the Battle

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In August, just two months after a stem-cell transplant to help treat a form of cancer called multiple myeloma – and after putting in a week's work at his University of Alabama office – Bill Battle was with his...
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