Belichick to Saban to Richt – it may not be Tinkers to Evans to Chance, but that trio sure has the attention of the Tahd Nayshun this week.
Groo has an excellent post on the subject of Richt’s decision to close practice this week. The controversy really is nothing more than a tempest in a teacup.
Unless, of course, you have a crimson, stylized “A” tattooed on your heart, in which case it looks like Mark Richt has replaced Phil Fulmer as Public Enemy #1. You think I’m kidding? Check out this post:
As for Richt, I’m not impressed with his cowardly and disingenuous reasons for closing practice the week of the Alabama game. I’ve said it before, it is a cynical attempt to manipulate the media’s hatred of Saban and provides a ready-made excuse for his loss to South Carolina and a potential loss to Alabama. Richt has a great reputation as a man of principal, but this is the most calculating and cynical move since Caligula made his horse a consul.
Obviously, Richt is more worried about Nick Saban than he should be. Richt may win the game, but letting Saban get into his head isn’t the way to accomplish a victory. In fact, spending time disrupting routine and creating controversy is a good way to lose a game.
Hey, I’ve got it on good authority that Caligula really loved that horse! Seriously, what is it about Nick Saban today that Mark Richt should be more worried about than when Saban was the coach at LSU? And how is closing practice to outsiders “disrupting routine”?
Let’s see – media hatred, head games, excuses, cowardice. All we’re missing here is a Logan Young reference, and we can close the circle.
You want more? Feel free to read the angry rant from this blogger.
The funny thing about all this Sturm und Drang is that Richt hasn’t named Saban as a target – that’s all been inferred by the media. (Gosh, didn’t Saban, like, um, work for Bill Belichick at one time? That’s what Richt must be thinking about!) But note that this more direct shot from Bob Stoops about possible spying by Saban has either been passed over or mildly addressed by ‘Bama bloggers.
Meanwhile, with College Gameday whiling away the hours in Tuscaloosa until the 7:45 PM game time, expect to hear a great deal more blather about this from our dear friends at the WWL. The way I see it, this whole thing is crying out for a drinking game to be created in its honor.