“You want me to do a (Bill) Belichick on you.”

Methinks the Coke bottle is getting a wee bit testy.


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44 responses to ““You want me to do a (Bill) Belichick on you.”

  1. I get the feeling someone is getting a little tired of answering the questions. He never has to deal with this from the Tide Pravda, so Little Nicky is getting his fee-fees hurt.

  2. jntiii

    Maybe Maurice and his parents should share their experience directly with young men considering accepting a scholarship to play football at Alabama to help them in their decision making process.

  3. JG Shellnutt

    What does it mean to do a Belichick on someone?

  4. GATA 72

    Where’s mike greenberg when you need him?

  5. He’s just doing the “Trump kind of tweet” LOL.

  6. Is he finally feeling of “Richt lost control of…..” kind of thing and can’t stand it.

  7. Hogbody Spradlin

    Somebody in Alabama is going to pay for going off the plantation.

  8. 92 grad

    Problem I see is that the angrier nick gets, he might take it out on his team during practices which might just make them even better.

  9. Skeptic Dawg

    Everyone is taking this out on Saban, and he most certainly deserves a share of the blame, but why is the SEC getting a pass here? The league passed the rule denying grad transfers to fellow SEC teams. Saban is merely playing by the rules set forth by our beloved league. Kids that follow the rules, keep their nose clean AND graduate with eligibility let should be praised and rewarded. Programs should roll out the red carpet for these kids. I am embarrassed by the SEC in this situation, not Saban.

    • Coweta Dawg

      Good point. Would love to see some steel-testicled reporters lobbing questions to both Saban and SEC leadership about the inequities of this policy to the students. I was waiting for some brave soul to ask Saban which SEC policy he was following when he dumped the young man’s belongings in the trash can. Does “doing everything we can for this young man” include barring him from the facilities?

    • Dawgwood

      I just feel there are so many legal questions with this type of restriction. If Maurice chooses to fight this, it could blow the doors open on transfer rules in general.

      • No One Knows You're a Dawg

        Agree and it’s why I’m surprised he hasn’t filed a lawsuit.

        I’d think the SEC and Bama would.likely grant him an immediate release, because they wouldn’t want the no transfer rule declared illegal by a court.

        • Dawgwood

          It’s still too early for that. He graduates tomorrow, and I believe he’s made one more request that should be known early next week. If it’s still denied, I’m sure lawyers will be lining up willing to represent him in a lawsuit.

          • The problem is how many Georgia Law attorneys are licensed in Alabama and willing to take on the Yellowhammer State. I assume this would be adjudicated in an Alabama state court rather than federal court. I’m not an attorney but did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

    • hailtogeorgia

      To my knowledge, the SEC didn’t pass a rule specifically on grad transfers; there is no rule specifically on grad transfers. This is the rule on transfers in general being applied to grad transfers because – without a specific rule on grad transfers – they’re included as a regular transfer.

      • Skeptic Dawg

        Yes, the SEC has a set of rules for grad transfers, both those leaving and those coming into conference schools, which states at no player shall transfer from one member institution to another. And yes, the same rule does apply for the run of the mill transfer student athlete.

        • hailtogeorgia

          Again, I don’t think that’s the case. Or I just keep misreading things like this, from MaconDawg at DawgSports, who is a lawyer:

          Reports had previously surfaced that Saban would not allow Smith to transfer to another SEC school (like Georgia), and cited the league’s own transfer policy as part of his justification. The SEC’s rule on such things does not in fact prohibit transfers from one SEC school to another. It merely states that a player must meet a one year “residency requirement” before being eligible to play. So it appears that Saban is citing a rule that doesn’t exist.

          I’m genuinely not trying to be snarky; I’ve read several comments of people saying there’s an SEC rule on grad transfers, and I don’t think that’s the case based on what knowledgeable persons with a pretty good understanding of legalese are contending.

          • AthensHomerDawg

            I got a,chuckle out of that.
            “….with a pretty good understanding of legalese are contending.”

    • Greg

      Probably because of the double standard ( MO player granted release).

  10. Jared S.

    I sure wish the SEC (and barring that, individual coaches, including Smart) would allow kids to transfer (graduate students or otherwise) wherever the hell they want. It’s best for the kids. And it builds goodwill for the program among future recruits. Angry-fans-and-coaches-who-see-good-players-go-to-rival-schools be damned.

  11. 3rdandGrantham

    Take this fwiw, but from I understand or have been told by those in the know, this will be Saban’s last year at Bama. Confidence level is at approx. 75%.

    • MGW

      Oh yeah me too. Heard the same thing.

    • Derek

      If true (and I’m doubtful/hopeful) it makes this all the more WTF??

      The biggest reason it would be a good thing for Saban to go out this year is that the chances of them throwing 7 million a year at Kirby is quite low. If Saban hangs around for 4 years and Kirby has made us a playoff team, Tuscaloosa will back the brinks truck up to Butts-Mehre. Can anyone imagine us matching them? I can’t. Would Kirby turn it down? I doubt it.

      • Mayor

        This scenario will be very interesting as it develops. Saban will leave sometime in the relatively near future just because of age–I don’t see him being a Bobby Bowden and hanging on forever. I have said all along that Kirby took the Georgia job as a stepping stone to the HC job at Bama because Bama likely would want someone with HC experience. Unless Kirby falls flat on his face in Athens he is the most likely replacement for Saban with Jim McElwain a distant second.

        • Derek

          Unless Saban steps down this year. I can’t imagine Alabama thinking that they’ve seen enough from Kirby to offer him the job in late 2016 or early 17. Moreover, I’m not sure Kirby would entertain it this soon. Bad optics.

          However, if its 2019 or 2021 and Kirby has done big things, I could see it playing out much differently.

          In short, the sooner Saban lacks the time for any of this shit the better for everyone.

        • If Kirby uses this job as a stepping stone after being successful, there will be people with torches and pitchforks looking for an AD to tar, feather and run out of town on a rail.

          It would be fun to watch Jimmy Sexton’s interaction with Butts-Mehre if that day comes.

    • sniffer

      Had dinner with a Red Elephant Saturday night and his “opinion” is three to five more years, if all goes well.

      If anyone says they have an inside track to Saban, they are full of it. Guarantee you the mrs. doesn’t even know.

      • 3rdandGrantham


        Lets revisit this in, say, Dec or jan.

        • sniffer

          My point wasn’t to challenge you or your “in the know” contacts. Believe me, I will shed no tears when Saban leaves Bama. I wait patiently for the day those fans are reduced to “also ran” status. I will also say that if Bama wins another championship this year, he may wander off into the sunset. Barring that, no one had any insite into what he will do.

          Now, if you want to put a friendly wager on the issue, I’ll play. You name it.

        • Jared S.

          I totally buy that this could be his last year. Especially after how he saw Spurrier go out this past year. We all know Saban lives and breathes football and he’s alluded to the fact that he’d feel lost if he wasn’t coaching. But I also think he’s the kind of guy who wants to go out on top. He doesn’t want to fizzle out like the OBC.

          He’ll be 65 at the end of this season. If he makes it to another NCG (win or lose) I think he’ll hang it up. Lord knows he’ll make plenty of money as a talking head if he wants.

  12. Go Dawgs!

    Alabama’s long-held transfer policy is BS. Georgia’s new transfer policy is also BS, so we Bulldogs can’t cry foul too loudly on this one. Say what you will about Mark Richt, but he was most assuredly in the right place on player transfers.

    • Cojones

      But…but…but Maurice is a Dawg imprisoned in Alabama. “Let My People Go” should be Kirby’s mantra in this falderal. He belongs on OUR plantation. And what is the Gov of Texas doing about these Texas kids being restricted by Saban? They should be barred from recruiting in Texas and that’s another thingy; if Texas had cleaned up Baylor instead of letting it become a Baptist Rapist Center when all along they should have just let them dance, then this would never have happened. But Maurice and his parents changed their minds about going there probably because he is Methodist or something and knows better.

      Personally, I think he would have enjoyed the No Man’s Land that surrounds Baylor because they won’t even prosecute people there; not Baylor, not Texas; it’s just open land with no laws. I know because Ken Starr told me and he was a law professor there and knows the law, but it seems his knowledge is limited to Presidential blow jobs.

  13. Bright Idea

    Finebum blaming this on an underlying rub with Saban trying to keep Kirby in his place, that he sees Kirby as Bama’s biggest threat now that Georgia is all in on the arms race.