By J. Henderson
Georgia coach Mark Richt closed practice for the week leading up to the Alabama game, his first time to do so in seven years, this during the hot fallout surrounding New England Patriot’s Coach Bill Belichick’s “hyper-scouting” against the New York Jets. Georgia’s offensive line coach, and former Auburn great, Stacy Searels was theorized to be the little bird in Richt’s ear advising him on the wisdom of such a move prior to a game with Saban, a Belichick protege, who in his last, dismal year with the Miami Dolphins was under NFL scrutiny for allegedly spying on other teams – namely that of his “close friend” Bill Belichick.(Prior to the Dolphins game with the Patriots in December of ’06, Saban is purported to have have “bought the audio” from previous Patriot’s games so as to decipher quarterback Tom Brady’s calls at the line of scrimmage. Brady was held to 78 yards passing as lowly Miami dominated heavily favored New England 21-0. It was the first time the Patriots had been shut-out since 2003 — Very good, Young Grasshopper…)
During the CBS broadcast of last Saturday’s match-up between Bobby Bowden’s Florida State Seminoles and Saban’s Bama, Florida State players were seen forming a human shield, which included a dangling towel, in order to prevent Saban and Co. from reading FSU signals. Jimbo Fisher, Florida State’s new offensive coordinator, is, of course, fresh from the Saban regime.
Saban lost to Georgia. He lost to Florida State.
(Bama opponents: take note…)
So Lord only knows what sort of psycho anti-espionage / cheating apparatus Auburn defensive coordinator, Warrior Bard of “Hold’em!” Gusto, and former Saban assistant Will Muschamp, whom I love, will have Tuberville install in the lead-up to this year’s Iron Bowl.
I’m imagining decoy practices, a one-way-mirrored bubble dome on the home side of Pat Dye Field, with a zippered entrance / exit, and helmets installed with encrypted telecommunications equipment. And classes on the Navajo tongue. Apparently, when it comes to Saban, it is impossible to be too careful.