Belichick’s buddies set to battle


For the second straight year, Alabama and Florida will meet in the SEC Championship Game. And even if Bill Belichick doesn’t get the chance to watch (he’s got the pesky little deal of having to ready for the Dolphins on Saturday), he’s intrigued by the matchup.

A big part of that is that he’s got ties to both Tide coach Nick Saban and Gator head man Urban Meyer. In Cleveland, he coached with — Belichick isn’t insistent in saying that Saban didn’t work for him, but with him — the former. He met the latter in 2005, when Meyer arrived at Florida from Utah, and Belichick traveled to Gainesville to check out draft prospects and study Meyer’s nouveau single-wing, shotgun spread-option offense.


“I don’t follow college football real closely this time of year,” Belichick said. “I get to see a few games on TV, but that’s about it, but no, obviously they are great coaches and they have great programs. I know in looking at Florida and Alabama players that came out of those schools last year, you can’t help but look at the underclassmen that are there. There is a lot of talent.

“They’re obviously very well coached, two great football teams. I know a lot of people felt last year that was the national championship game. I don’t know enough about all the teams in college football to know if that’s right, but they’re ranked at the top, so it’s a great matchup. They’re well-coached. They’ve got a lot of talent there. They play extremely well every week, so I’m sure it will be a great game.”

I got Bama in this one. And not just because Florida had its way with my alma mater, and just in football, in three national title contests a few years back.

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