CECIL HURT: Rough seas or smooth sailing for Tide basketball in 2017-18?

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There is no smooth sailing when it comes to managing a college basketball roster these days. Avery Johnson knows that, and knew it before this weekend. His University of Alabama men's basketball team didn't capsize with the news of...

CECIL HURT: What a year it’s been for SEC hoops

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  The SEC men's basketball season is over, but it expired honorably. The SEC women's basketball season ends Sunday night, with even more glory, an NCAA championship already guaranteed for either Mississippi State or South Carolina. The combined success marks the best...

CECIL HURT: Questions surround Alabama QBs and how they will be used

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There's so much attention on the quarterback position at the University of Alabama -- not just in this spring practice for the Crimson Tide, but constantly -- that Nick Saban is inevitably asked about the performance of the three...

EXCLUSIVE: Q&A with new Alabama AD Greg Byrne

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Greg Byrne officially took over as the University of Alabama's director of athletics on March 2, replacing Bill Battle. In nearly four weeks in his new post, Byrne, who came to Alabama from the University of Arizona, has has...

CECIL HURT: Alabama women playing with swagger

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You'd probably be stretching things a bit to call the Women's NIT "March Madness." That's equally true of the men's version. But whether you call it March Mildness or March Moderation, here's the part that matters for the Alabama...

CECIL HURT: A curious case of coaching for Mike Davis

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The first time I saw Mike Davis after he'd coached an NCAA Tournament basketball game, in Boston in 2003, his team had won – and he looked miserable. The second time, which came over the weekend in Greenville, S.C., his...

CECIL HURT: It will be fun when Alabama gets back into the Big Dance

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Even in those years when the Alabama basketball team doesn't make it into the NCAA Tournament field -- and it has been a long, barren stretch of road for a decade except for a quick stop in North Carolina...

CECIL HURT: Avery Johnson expects Alabama basketball to reach next level next season

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There is no curse on Coleman Coliseum. Evil spirits haven't suddenly taken possession of the old building on the University of Alabama campus, casting spells on open 3-point attempts by the Crimson Tide basketball team. Avery Johnson, the UA coach,...

CECIL HURT: Emotional SEC Tournament for Alabama

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There is a time for tears, a time for reflection, a time for happiness. Sometimes, those are all the same time. There was real emotional pain for Alabama basketball coach Avery Johnson on Friday night, when news came that his college...

CECIL HURT: Can Alabama maintain poise in Nashville?

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Every time Alabama basketball fans are ready to set aside their crazy dreams for this season, pointing their focus on the future, this 2017 team does something that, like the paddles of a defibrillator, jolts those dreams back to...
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