Alabama coach's playbook stolen before National Championship

ATLANTA — Police say an Alabama coach’s backpack, which included his playbook, was stolen from his hotel ahead of the National Championship.

Alabama defeated Georgia Monday in the game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Police say last Saturday, defensive line coach Karl Dunbar left his backpack in a Marriott Marquis conference room designated as the defensive line meeting room.

It had his cellphone, laptop, $1,300 cash, passport and game day playbook inside.

Some of the items were recovered in a bathroom, but not the playbook.

“It’s bad. It’s definitely bad. One shouldn’t do it and I believe Georgians wouldn’t do it,” Georgia fan Bobby Val said.


Police do not know who stole the backpack.

Channel 2 Action News obtained surveillance photos of the suspected thief with the coach's backpack.

One Georgia fan said the theft may have been bad karma for the Bulldogs.

“That’s really bad. So that’s why we lost it, then?” Krishna Gangineni said.

Channel 2's Tyisha Fernandes contacted University of Alabama officials who said they did not know the bag was stolen.

When she sent them the police report, they did not have a comment.