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2 Georgia Players, 1 Vandy Player Suspended By SEC

The SEC has finally handed down its penalties from last weekend’s Georgia-Vanderbilt football game.  In total three players will each miss the first half of their teams’ upcoming games.

Vanderbilt center Logan Stewart has been suspended for the first half of the Commodores’ game against Army this Saturday.  The league cited Rule 9-1 of the NCAA Football Rule Book in its decision to suspension Stewart.  That rule states that a flagrant personal foul offender shall be disqualified.  The rule leaves open for interpretation what is and what isn’t “flagrant,” but anyone who saw Stewart’s unnecessary clip of Kwame Geathers would likely identify that act as being as flagrant as flagrant can be.

Geathers has been suspended — just as his dad had relayed to the press earlier today — for the first half of UGA’s October 29th game with Florida.  The league stated that Geathers was in violation of NCAA Football Rule 2-32-1-a regarding fighting.  “The penalty for violation of the rule in the second half includes suspension for the first half of the team’s next scheduled game.”  There’s no arguing this one.  Throw a punch for any reason — and have it caught by officials or television cameras — and a player will sit.

Georgia’s Shaun Williams was also suspended.  Williams was flagged for two personal foul penalties in the game and then — according to Vanderbilt coach James Franklin — was the instigator in Saturday’s postgame shenanigans.  The league tied his suspension to one of the personal foul calls and Rule 9-1-4.  “No player shall target and initiate contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, elbow or shoulder.”  Because it believed Williams violated that rule so flagrantly in the third quarter of Saturday’s game, the league office decided to suspend him “in accordance with (the) Southeastern Conference Constitution, Article 4.4.2 (d).”

We are a bit surprised by the suspension of Williams.  We are also surprised that neither coaching staff received a reprimand of any kind from the league office — in public anyway.  Todd Grantham’s postgame curse-fest has made bigger news this week than any of the penalties the drew suspensions.

Cue those who will say there is one standard for players and one for coaches.

In the end, this situation hurts Georgia more than it does Vanderbilt.  The Commodores will be without player for a game with Army.  Georgia will be without two players for its all-important game with Florida.


UPDATE – Okay, we’re no longer surprised Williams was suspended.  OutKickTheCoverage.com posted the following video of the play that led to the Georgia DB’s punishment.  The play in question was missed by officials and not actually flagged.  So, yes, that means Williams should have been hit with three personal foul penalties during the game.

Keep your eye at about the 30-yard-line and you’ll see Williams launch himself into the back and head of defenseless Commodore receiver Jordan Matthews.



Seeing as Vandy had a player take a cheap shot at a Georgia player’s knees and Georgia had a player take a cheap shot at a Vandy player’s spine… maybe it’s time for fans of both schools to pipe down.  Neither side has room for any more faux outrage.

We’ve now seen punkish behavior from both squads.  And the coaching staffs didn’t handle things much better than their players.

As we said earlier today, there are no winners in this story.  But the list of losers continues to grow with every new ball of mud that’s flung.

So will this finally be the end of the story?  We seriously doubt it.

 


11 comments
TXDawg
TXDawg

Georgia will always be punished more than any other team in the SEC. That's what happens when you sue the NCAA and WIN! Totally unfair how the dawgs are treated. South Carolina players had cheap shots, no suspensions. Auburn last season was full of cheap shots, no suspensions. Florida ALWAYS takes cheap shots, no suspensions. James Franklin should have been suspended as well. Todd Grantham defended his players by telling Franklin to back off. Franklin should have never been allowed to get away with yelling at opposing players after the game. HE should have been ejected from his next game!

bert1959
bert1959

Don't have a dog in this fight either, and I am tired of seeing $#!+ like this. Get your eyesight checked. The ball was thrown 5 yards behind the receiver and 10-15 feet over his head. Cheap shot all the way. Should have had a stiffer penalty than what is being handed down.

NeutralFan
NeutralFan

The Vandy player looks like he is attempting to make a catch right before he is hit. I bet Shawn Williams thought the ball was going to him. Look at the timing of the throw and the receiver's body language. I don't think this shot is as cheap as it appears. When I was watching it live, I thought the slant was the target.

Rich
Rich

Mr. SEC, I have a question. How many football players has the SEC ever suspended, do you know? Thanks.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Rich...

I haven't a clue, but I'll see if the league has some records. Seeing how the conference goes back to 1932, I'll guess their records aren't complete.

Thanks for reading the site,
John

Rich
Rich

Thanks, John. All I want is consistency. I cannot defend Shawn Williams. Kwame Geathers is a much closer call. Here's my beef -- neither Nick Fairley nor Brandon Spikes were suspended by the SEC.

bert1959
bert1959

Man, you got the right. Fairley is nothing but a thug. Should have been suspended by the SEC for a number of attacks, I mean plays.

rwcole
rwcole

GeoffDawg, Vandy was going to lose the Arkansas game anyways. May as well suspend this cheap shot thumbs up guy for the Army game. I hope Army rolls up 50 on the Vandals this Saturday.

Dawgfan
Dawgfan

So Georgia players are suspended for throwing a punch, but Jon Bostic of Florida was not.

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

The Vandy player loses playing time against Army, the Georgia players against Florida. If they wanted this to have teeth, they should've made the suspension for the next conference game. Missing time against Army may be stinging to the player but for the team, it's meaningless.

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