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After plenty of criticism, Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham (white shirt) said he regretted making a choking gesture before Chas Henry's game-winning field goal.
From the School of Non-Accountability comes Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.
First, the backstory. With Florida and Georgia tied at 34-34 on Saturday, P/K Chas Henry lined up to try a 37-yard field goal to win it. A broadcast by SUN Sports shows Grantham making a choking gesture toward the field.
It appears he says, “You’re going to (expletive) choke. You’re going to choke.”
Of course, after the timeout, Henry didn’t choke and the Gators won.
“Some of the coaches on the sideline was over there, and they were kind of giving me a little grief saying I was going to choke,” Henry told a CBS sideline reporter after the win. “After last week, or two weeks ago with Mississippi State, it killed me. That was a heart breaker. I knew I let my team down and I was never going to do that again. In a way, for the last two weeks, I’ve been practicing and practicing. I knew I was going to do it tonight. When it came down to it, I was going to make it.”
Asked about it on Tuesday, Georgia coach Mark Richt acknowledged the gesture, saying he was aware of it and that “emotions run high.”
Grantham finally commented to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tuesday evening, expressing regret but not apologizing. From the AJC:
“As a competitor, sometimes you get caught up in the heat of the moment,” Grantham said. “I wish the situation hadn’t happened.
“It was a tough, hard-fought game. They won it, and I’m ready to move forward and finish out the year strong.”
Grantham said he has talked with Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity and coach Mark Richt about the incident, “and we’re ready to move forward.”
Asked if he feels that he owes an apology to the Florida kicker, Chas Henry, Grantham said: “I’ve kind of basically said what I’m going to say.”
Of course, the Gators have the trump card here – a win. Players were advised not to speak about it to the media on Tuesday, but LG Carl Johnson couldn’t help himself.
“Hey, he did it and we kicked the field goal, so he need to do it every time we play against them, I guess,” Johnson said.