CECIL HURT: Rain, rain not going away but Alabama football plays anyway


CECIL HURT: Rain, rain not going away but Alabama football

The players on the Alabama football crew Saturday night have no memory of 1988 except for may be envious of that past age of Red Tide forebearers.

That group didn’t play through the leftovers of a tropical storm. Truth be told, it broadly avoided Typhoon Gilbert, acting so mindfully that Kyle Field in School Station, Texas, sat void on a radiant Saturday while Bill Curry’s group was back home in Tuscaloosa.

For the greater part of its football history, Alabama has played by the old Postal Assistance mantra of “neither one of the rains, slush or day off,” in games that stood out forever, others recollected basically by the individuals who sprinkled around for an hour or sat, immersed, in the stands. Not many of those “climate games” are recognized as distinctively as the game that wasn’t.


There were in excess of a couple backstories in that 1988 game. Typhoon Gilbert wasn’t fanciful. It was an incredible tempest that unleashed devastation in the Yucatán Promontory and was viewed as a danger to the Inlet Coast. It was observed cautiously, despite the fact that, as everybody with a phone acknowledges, 2020 innovation is a long ways in front of what it was 32 years back. So as Gilbert agitated through the Bay of Mexico, there were endless projections.

Texas A&M, which was trained by Alabama graduate and previous Paul “Bear” Bryant player Jackie Sherrill, needed to play. UA, instructed by Curry, a Georgia Tech graduate who was not energetically grasped in some Alabama circles, didn’t. Since Alabama was the group that needed to travel, athletic chief Steve Sloan, a Red Tide colleague of Sherrill’s, had a definitive position. (Texas A&M was not an individual from the Southeastern Meeting at that point, so there was no SEC inclusion in the choice.)

Curry took the broadest view conceivable of security and potential results. Indeed, even as projection models transformed from an immediate hit on School Station, he refered to conceivable travel challenges.

COLLEGE STATION, TX – SEPTEMBER 14: Head Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after a third quarter touchdown during the game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field on September 14, 2013 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

“What no one could anticipate with any level of security was what might happen tomorrow,” Curry said. “We may have had the option to get out fine and dandy. We probably won’t have had the option to get out for quite a long time.”

“Abandoned for quite a long time” once in a while occurs in tempests of not exactly Katrina power, yet Curry’s psyche was made up and the game was rescheduled from Sept. 17 to Dec. 1, a more clean passionate climate after the Alabama-Coppery and Texas-Texas A&M games. Sherrill didn’t care for the choice. He was angry, yelling about Curry to a few Alabama sports scholars who had traveled to Texas on Thursday.

“It’s simply unfathomable,” Sherrill told the Bryan (Texas) Falcon. “Their quarterback (Jeff Dunn at that point, in spite of the fact that David Smith took over as starter later in the year) was harmed, and that is the reason they would not like to play this game.”

On the off chance that there was any uncertainty about Sherrill’s rage, he took the gloves off for a last shot.


“Mentor Bryant would have been here,” he said.

Curry’s group eventually had the last word, winning 30-10 in the rescheduled game, in spite of the fact that the contention never disappeared.

This present season’s mentors, Scratch Saban at Alabama and Path Kiffin at Ole Miss, have some set of experiences yet not one with those layers of rancor. Nor was at last answerable for the choice to play in Oxford. They could just ensure there was a lot of downpour gear.

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