Two days before Alabama took on Georgia in the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, Crimson Tide defensive line coach Karl Dunbar left his backpack in a conference room at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Atlanta. When he returned, according to ESPN, the backpack was gone, along with its all contents, including an iPad, passport, several pairs of glasses, $1,320 and… an Alabama playbook.
Per WSB-TV in Atlanta, which first reported this story, some of the items from the backpack were later recovered in a bathroom, but the playbook was not among them. That means that leading up to the national title game, Alabama had to worry that someone on the other sideline had access to the Crimson Tide’s playbook.
Of course, even if Georgia knew the Alabama playbook inside and out (and there’s no real reason to believe that was the case), it didn’t wind up mattering, as the Crimson Tide defeated the Bulldogs 26-23 in overtime.
Police reportedly pulled this image of the suspect from a surveillance camera:
It's hard to identify this person – but police say he stole an Alabama coach's defensive playbook just 2 days before the national championship game. Watch my live report on Ch2 at 5pm pic.twitter.com/GDjgTAZwLf
— Tyisha Fernandes (@TyishaWSB) January 11, 2018
Dunbar (and his boss, Nick Saban) would probably like to see that playbook returned, to say nothing of his other valuables, but it probably feels a bit less urgent now that the Crimson Tide are national champs.