Late Tuscaloosa News columnist Cecil Hurt named unanimous selection for ASWA Hall of Fame

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

Cecil Hurt has been named a unanimous selection for the Alabama Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame. 

Hurt spent nearly four decades covering Alabama athletics for The Tuscaloosa News before he died in November. 

Hurt will be inducted alongside Mark McCarter as the 21st and 22nd inductees at the ASWA 50th annual convention and awards banquet on June 12 in Birmingham. 

ASWA president Christopher Walsh said in a release that he doesn't know that anyone previously had been a unanimous selection. No one has been enshrined since 2013. A finalist has to receive 65% or more of the votes to be inducted.

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Hurt also received the Mel Allen Media award the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2019. It recognizes media members for lifetime contributions to coverage of sports in the state of Alabama. 

He started working at The Tuscaloosa News in 1982 and never left, filling roles as beat reporter before he became columnist and sports editor in the late 1980s. 

Hurt was known for being the authoritative voice on UA athletics, but he also was a member of The Tuscaloosa News team that earned the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the devastating 2011 tornado that ripped through Tuscaloosa. 

He covered every Alabama football coach from Paul "Bear" Bryant to Nick Saban. 

"I confided a lot of things in him," Saban said in November. "He never violated my trust. I thought the guy was one of the brightest, neatest big picture thinkers ever that I have been associated with in the media environment. Truly just loved the guy."

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