CECIL HURT: Death of Len Bias ‘the worst thing you can imagine’

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As the NBA Draft approaches Thursday, there is the usual anticipation over what the top teams will do and where the top players will go. The University of Alabama's long draft drought will continue (Richard Hendrix in 2008 was...

CECIL HURT: Final round of U.S. Open one of biggest days for Alabama golf

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The University of Alabama golf teams, the men and the women, have a long tradition that includes NCAA championships and, along the way, a fair share of professional success. For pure professional drama, though, Sunday may be the biggest day...

CECIL HURT: Lee Davis wasn’t a titan of talk radio, but he was entertaining

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I missed a few days of work last week and during that time - an intimation of mortality, I guess - my friend Lee Davis passed away. Lee had hundreds of friends and probably didn't make the distinction between "close"...

CECIL HURT: Keep Freeze case on ice — for now

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There is no murkier swamp than an NCAA investigation. If you, as a fan, can avoid wandering into one, do so. If you do wander in, you will need a good guide to lead you out, or at least...

CECIL HURT: Want to see more Alabama football players in College Hall? Just be...

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E.J. Junior made his way onto the College Football Hall of Fame ballot this year, a much-deserved honor for the former University of Alabama football star. Hopefully, the electors will elevate him, deservedly, into the Hall itself when the...

CECIL HURT: Auburn to the SEC East has some merit

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Given the historic dynamic between the athletic departments - and especially the fan bases - of Alabama and Auburn, almost any proposal that one instruction puts forward is going to be viewed with healthy skepticism by the other. That's...

CECIL HURT: Tide softball went down swinging

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Given the program that Patrick Murphy has built, any University of Alabama softball season that ends anywhere except Oklahoma City is a disappointment in some ways. Softball bears the football burden, with championships being the standard by which they...

CECIL HURT: How patient will Alabama baseball fans be?

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In his first major act as University of Alabama director of athletics, Greg Byrne received Oscar-level reviews. He has been described as "bold" and "decisive," praised for not being a penny-pincher or a procrastinator. He certainly projected a strong,...

CECIL HURT: Hoops fans hope good news continues

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  Even before the last college basketball season began, University of Alabama basketball fans started to feel a strange sensation, one that many younger fans had never felt and many older ones had forgotten. For years, Alabama fans were conditioned...

Former Alabama coach Gene Stallings recovering after mild stroke

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Former University of Alabama head football coach Gene Stallings was hospitalized in Montgomery on Thursday night after suffering a mild stroke, but is now back at his Texas home. Stallings, speaking from his Paris, Texas, ranch on Saturday, said that...
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