Larry Burton (Syndicated Writer) Last week Kevin Norwood snagged a pass, dodged the defenders and somersaulted into the end zone. Bad move Kevin.
You just earned an all expense paid trip to Nick Saban's dog house.
Did anybody see Kevin Norwood after that?
The old saying among coaches like Saban is simple. When you score, act like you've been there before.
Something tells me Kevin will remember that the next time he scores and simply tosses the ball to the ref and trots off the field. The question is, when will he be allowed to do that?
Eddie Lacy was having a wonderful first game, He was running hard, scoring and looking like the back of the future that most had predicted he would be, and then he fumbled at the goal line.
You didn't see much of Eddie in the second game.
On Saban's team, you protect the ball and you don't showboat. Doing those things earns you a trip to the doghouse, and this one isn't like the air conditioned one that the University of Georgia gives to UGA, the team mascot.
Chance Warmack has three penalties last week including a rare holding penalty. I wonder if he'll have the same amount of playing time this week or what penalties he may have faced in practice this week.
Accountability is all part of Saban's system, and the players all know it.
These are but minor infractions though.
Break a team rule or NCAA violation and the trip may be longer and much more severe. Some players like Prince Hall, who violated a team rule never really got out of the dog house and left the program.
There have been other such examples. Hall was a starter as a freshman but on Saban's team it doesn't matter if you're a starter like Hall or an up and comer like Norwood, breaking the rules earns you a trip to the dog house no matter who you are.
Because this is a group of young men who have bought in to that program, such problems are now rare cases instead of the norm.
Team discipline problems that plague Florida and Georgia are all but non existent these days in Tuscaloosa.
One team member last year told me that they fear Saban's punishment much more than anything the police would do to them.
To me, that sounds like Saban's dog house has accomplished its purpose.