The big story so far this week is that, for the first time since 2001, Georgia has closed its practice to outsiders.
Coming so close on the heels of the Patriots cheating story in the NFL, given that Saban has prior links to Belichick, and that Miami was accused of cheating while Saban coached there, it’s been natural for the press to try to play this decision as the result of Richt being concerned that the ‘Bama staff may be guilty of trying to spy on Georgia practices.
Hence, the “P” word has reared its head.
The thing is, though, reading between the lines of this AJ-C story, it sounds as though the Georgia staff is reacting more to what it felt went on in the South Carolina game than to what Saban might be up to. Ching agrees.
Regardless of the motivation, since there’s no concrete evidence, the decision to close practice does come off a little strangely. But I’ve got to say that if you read this Gregg Easterbrook column at ESPN.com about the extent to which the Patriots/Belichick are accused of cheating, you’ll come off feeling that a little paranoia might not be such a bad thing.