Patriots coach Bill Belichick shares comical story of 'Coach Mac', expresses condolences

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick responds with a smile when asked about his memories of Dick MacPherson. (PHOTO: WBZ-TV)

Richard "Dick" MacPherson was a beloved football coach, certainly in the college game, but also in the National Football League.

There's no better example of that than New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

The two entered the NFL at the same time. In the early 1990's, MacPherson left Syracuse for the top job with the Patriots, while Belichick served as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns.

Because of that ironic timing, they formed a friendship that remained throughout the years.

And it remains now.

MacPherson rubbed off on Belichick, who revealed a laughable story during Patriots preseason camp from Foxborough, Mass. on Wednesday.

"When you went to see Dick [MacPherson] at Syracuse, you had to bring in a couple dozen doughnuts, or he wouldn't let you in. So, first stop was always doughnuts on the way to Syracuse. If he didn't have those doughnuts, he sent you back out and you had to go get them," Belichick said with a smile.

"Dick was a great guy," he added.

It was a story that cracked a smile out of Belichick, who's known by the national media to be as serious and straight-to-the-point as they come.

And it also gave Syracuse fans a reason to smile during a difficult time.

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