Longtime Tuscaloosa News sports editor Cecil Hurt dies

Cecil Hurt, an Alabama institution and legend, dies at 62
Cecil Hurt, an Alabama institution and legend, dies at 62(David Gray/UA Athletics)
Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 5:31 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 23, 2021 at 7:11 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Longtime Tuscaloosa News sports columnist and editor Cecil Hurt died Tuesday from complications from pneumonia, The Tuscaloosa News confirmed.

Hurt was 62 years old.

He was admitted to the hospital earlier this month and died Tuesday afternoon, according to his Twitter account.

“He was being treated for pneumonia complicated by underlying issues. Cecil passed peacefully while surrounded by family and a close friend,” a statement on Hurt’s Twitter account read.

Reaction to his death poured in Tuesday night.

The University of Alabama football team paid tribute to Hurt on Twitter, calling him an “Alabama Institution.”

University of Alabama Athletics Director Greg Byrne said “as good a sportswriter as Cecil was, he was an even better person.”

Alabama men’s basketball head coach Nate Oats said Hurt was an “integral part of Alabama Athletics for more than 30 years and adored by thousands.”

Alabama head football coach Nick Saban issued the following statement:

“Cecil Hurt was a good friend and one of the best sports writers I have ever had the privilege of working with, not just at Alabama, but at all of our coaching stops. He was a man of integrity and a fair-minded journalist blessed with wit, wisdom and an ability to paint a picture with his words that few have possessed. Cecil was loved throughout this community and state as an old-school journalist who covered the Alabama beat with class and professionalism. He was a role model for young writers and the most trusted source of news for Alabama fans everywhere. He leaves a wonderful legacy as one of sports journalism’s best. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as well as Alabama fans everywhere who loved Cecil as much as we did.”

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said Hurt was a “leading voice in telling the story of the SEC for four decades.”

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said Hurt “will be missed dearly by the people of Alabama.”

Hurt joined The Tuscaloosa News in 1982 as a sports writer. Seven years later he became the sports editor and columnist.

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