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Franklin States Case To Richt After Game, Richt Apologizes

A new video of the postgame meeting between James Franklin and Mark Richt sheds some light on what led to the brouhaha after Georgia’s 33-28 win at Vanderbilt on Saturday night.

Yesterday afternoon, WSMV-TV in Nashville posted video of the two head coaches chatting at midfield.  The website SportsByBrooks.com then looped the video and posted it.  That’s the clip you see below:

Franklin can be heard telling Richt about the actions of Georgia junior Shawn Williams and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham:

“Yeah, rubbin’ our face in it right after the game.  And then your coach, when I tell him about it, then he goes after me and the fight starts.”

Richt then says, “That’s what I thought happened, I apologize.”  It’s also been suggested that if you listen closely you can hear Richt say, “He’s a dumbass,” while Franklin is describing Williams’ taunts.

Remarkably, the anti-Richt crowd in Georgia is already complaining that Richt should not have backed down, should have acted more like Grantham, etc, etc.

That’s nonsense, of course.  Richt showed class as he usually does.  Subtract the “cl” and you have what Grantham showed.  There’s a reason UGA athletic director Greg McGarity said yesterday that Grantham would “do some things differently” if given a second chance.

It’s believed the SEC could rule on the matter sometime today, but we would be surprised if Grantham (or anyone else) received more than a stern warning not to repeat the actions of Saturday night.

Hopefully we can put this story in the rearview soon.

 


18 comments
Move On Toddler
Move On Toddler

Poor Vandy! Always struggling to recruit because of the academic focus of the institution. Always struggling to get the respect of the other SEC teams. Perpetually relegated to the second tier of the conference in football.

Williams should have been suspended for the personal foul on the Vandy receiver.

Geathers is suspended for punching the idiot who tried valiantly to end his football career.

Coach Grantham needs to learn to leave the field after the game.

With that said, Vandy is certainly not an innocent “victim” and HC Franklin appears to be a steroid-hyper, attention grabbing coach!

If that includes supporting his player who was trying to end the career of one of the players he was responsible for blocking, "we're not going to take it anymore".

If it means verbally assaulting an opposing player and then directing that venom towards the DC and instigating a potentially disastrous altercation, “we’re not going to take it anymore”.

If it means flying around in a helicopter like Lane Kiffen, “we’re not going to take it anymore”!

Really, “take what”?

HC Franklin’s attitude, to “change the culture, we’re not going to take it anymore” attitude is a joke!

He supported his center's illegal play and instigated the incident with DC Grantham, all in the name of promoting his "we're not going to take it anymore" attitude! From his hyper comments to HC Richt following the game, the only reason this situation did not escalate further is because CMR is a really calm individual, period.

Vanderbilt has lowered itself considerably by hiring and supporting a HC who acts like a toddler. Keep it up Vandy, and you will no longer be known as a classy, prestigious institution but rather just another SEC football factory!

poopdawg
poopdawg

James Franklin also called his mommy after the game and she suggested to Franklin to not let Richt come and play anymore. But mommy they RUBBED our FACE IN IT. What a BABY!

ggg
ggg

I thought that Williams actions in the endzone after the game was bad but not the worst i have ever seen. It was sad that he was doing that while his teammate was hurt. But I don't think that if that was all he had done, we would be discussing the actions of two coaches. What really got me was what the player was doing during the second half of the game. Going to the opposite side of the field from where he played, pointing to Vandy players andcoaches, wagging Mickey Mouse ears,and pretending to laugh hysterically. We all have seen players do boneheaded things but that was the worst I have ever seen. If Richt or Grantham had gotten in the players face for that behavior during the game, the whole after game episode would never have happened. I am sure that Richt has spoken with the young man and that it won't happen again. This is the bad thing about video clips: you never know if you are seeing the whole problem or if you have the entire context of what happened. Since his actions were back from the line and between plays, I don't even know if his coaches will ever see it. I'm not jumping on Georgia - I like their fans and Richt and will probably be moving to Athens in the next couple of years. But as an older women, I do have to say that what the player did between plays in the second half was extremely upsetting to me. He should have been told by a coach to stop it.

atl14dat
atl14dat

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I have posted a couple of complimentary comments in other threads about with which the Integrity and Class CMR runs the program

He's been a class act throughout. In that this might reflect poorly on him I find doubtful but if it does, I hate that his character is being assailed.

To my way of thinking though this entire incident should be pinned on the Loose cannon which is Todd Grantham.

If his Character gets besmirched in the process so be it, he only need cast a glance into the mirror to see whom is at fault..

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

I understand your stance on this. However, what I don't understand is how Grantham is made to be the scapegoat with no regards to the conduct of Vandy's coach and players. Also, stating "so be it" strikes me as a rather cavalier attitude regarding someone's reputation. If it was your name being dragged through the mud, I'd imagine you'd want the whole story quantified without special emphasis on what makes you looks especially bad. I don't know if I'd call this journalism but it's poor behavior on any level.

atl14dat
atl14dat

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Hell your own HC placed the blame squarely on the "dumbass".

No better University or fans in the SEC to watch when they feel slighted.

Pure Comic Gold.

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

If you find this “comic gold”, then you’re probably that guy that camps out for Carrot Top tickets. Also, since you obviously struggle with reading comprehension, let me state if for you plainly: no one is defending the personal fouls on Shawn Williams or Coach Grantham’s overreaction, in fact it’s been acknowledged from the start. They’re only trying to ensure that both sides of the story are told since most media outlets find it far easier to just run what was captured in the video and call it a day. It’s lazy analysis and unfairly besmirches a man’s character. I doubt something like that matters much to somebody like you however.

Vol Guest
Vol Guest

As neither a GA or Vandy fan, my observation is that, while Grantham probably acted inappropriately, it would have probably the better, more professional route for Franklin to take any issues directly to the coaches and/or administration.

Also, I respectfully disagree that talent isn't the issue at Vandy. I applaud Franklin if he is combating the "loser's mentality" that likely exists at Vandy & think he is wise to do so, but there is more to Vandy's perpetual woes than a state of mind.

H-Town Dawg
H-Town Dawg

Oh, I see! So I'm basically banned? I don't blame you for not wanting the truth to be thrown in your face for everybody to see. Do what you gotta do. But we both know that I'm right.

H-Town Dawg
H-Town Dawg

I love how anti-UGA bias apparently prevents certain bloggers and others in the media from objectively reporting this story. Instead, they simply repeat the talking points provided by the guy who started all this and condemn UGA. Franklin wants to inject some testosterone into his program, so he cooks up this BS. I guess I can't blame him for being concerned about Vandy's manhood problem but that doesn't mean the media, even those with obvious anti-UGA bias, should be complicit in this.

tradeassociation
tradeassociation

"but that still doesn't give Franklin the right to personally berate him"

Yes it does. Coaches and players mouth off at each other all the time. It is no big deal.

"There are proper channels for that to occur"

Yes, and the proper channel is to directly confront the player that is acting inappropriately and showing no respect for your program (because Vandy "isn't supposed to be respected" because, you know, they're Vandy). Again, confrontations like this between opposing players and coaches - and coaches and coaches - happen all the time.

"Grantham is getting a raw deal here. Not because he didn't overreact, which he did but because Coach Franklin is not also be held accountable for his actions. The full story is not being widely disseminated and the impression left is that Grantham is some unstable lunatic who just randomly explodes. Why hasn’t Franklin been taken to task in the media for his role in the matter?"

Ummm ... no. Williams - and to hear Franklin's version of the story, other UGA players also - initiated this by acting provocatively. Franklin responded to the provocations by taking up for his own players and program, as well he should have. Grantham then took up for his players, as was also entirely appropriate. Basically, Grantham is taking heat because of a situation that his players provoked.

"Only want the mitigating circumstances clarified."

Unless the mitigating circumstances is that the Vanderbilt players began the whole encounter, or at the very least the Vanderbilt players were just as responsible, then you pointed out the relevant mitigating circumstance yourself ... Shawn Williams' behavior, which gave Franklin license to respond in kind. To put it another way, the "mitigating circumstance" was UGA players acting towards Vandy in a manner that they likely wouldn't were the foe Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn or LSU ... someone they respected or feared.

Vandy has the reputation as the SEC's pushover doormat, and has an ingrained loser's mentality. It isn't a talent issue ... talent goes through Nashville, just look at NFL rosters. Also, there are other mediocre programs in the SEC, plus programs that have "down years" where on the field they are no worse than Vandy. So, technically, there is no reason why Vandy is as bad as they are year in and year out ... why they don't at least finish 7-6 or 6-7 a lot more. But Vandy is like that because it is mental/emotional, a loser's mentality. Take an example: 2005, Jay Cutler's last year. They start out 4-1, lose 6 games in a row (including to 3-8 Kentucky, 7-5 South Carolina and MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE) and wind up 5-6. Franklin is trying to change that "lovable loser pushover" mentality, and that is why he confronted Williams. Of course, SEC folks have a vested interest in Vandy remaining "good ole Vandy" and keeping that automatic victory on their schedule each year, but Franklin sees things a bit differently.

Franklin did what he had to do, Grantham did what he had to do in response. End of story, move on.

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

What’s also interesting is that Coach Franklin claimed that he “was looking for Coach Richt” after the game but came across Coach Grantham instead. When have you ever heard of two HCs being unable to find each other after a game? They ALWAYS meet at midfield to shake hands and if he wasn’t there, then that’s because he had a reason to be somewhere else. I find it a tad galling that Coach Franklin is not being taken to task for his blatant inconsistencies and omissions.

At the end of the day, this is about a verbal confrontation and we should leave it at that. No punches were thrown, no one was injured so I’m more than happy to move on. If this keeps being reported as a one-sided affair in the media, then I’ll have to keep finding it incumbent upon myself to try to accurately portray the whole story.

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

Not sure if you’ve been following this closely enough but the Vandy players weren’t exactly choir boys during the game either. They engaged in plenty of cut blocks (not illegal but universally considered cheap), chop block, leg whips, and incurred their own personal fouls as well.

Quote from Vandy OT Wesley Johnson:
“No, they weren’t dirty,” Johnson said. “Speaking from my point of view, I haven’t seen anything so far that would lead to (Georgia being dirty). I know they played hard. They kind of played their defense the same way we play our offense.”

Regarding your assessment that it’s perfectly acceptable for Coach Franklin personally lower himself into a confrontation with another team’s player, we’ll just have to agree to disagree. I think it’s below the position of Head Coach or any coach for that matter. It’s odd that he claims great respect for Coach Richt but then doesn’t give Richt the opportunity to redress his grievance himself first.

not me
not me

"Not sure if you’ve been following this closely enough but the Vandy players weren’t exactly choir boys during the game either. They engaged in plenty of cut blocks (not illegal but universally considered cheap), chop block, leg whips, and incurred their own personal fouls as well."

This is, has been, and will continue to be a total load of crap. First of all, while I'm not going to deny that VU engaged in cut blocking, I can assure you it was done no more than any other team does in an average game....and no more than UGA does. Cut blocks are perfectly legal and aren't considered cheap. They are an integral part of the game these days. Secondly, show me one chop block by a VU player. Do you know what a chop block is? Leg whips? Did you make that up? And when were the personal foul penalties on VU?

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

There were also off-setting personal fouls during the course of the game.

Also, yes, I’m acquainted with the parameters of a chop block. Do you know what a leg whip is? Since you’re rather ill informed, no, I didn’t make that up.

The only crap I’m seeing here is spewing from your keyboard.

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

First off “not me”, you’re an idiot and you just proved unequivocally that you didn’t watch the game. Cut blocks are a type of scheme run by some teams to leverage a perceived lack of size and strength along the O-Line. They are not run by everyone and they are considered cheap. In fact, hardly anyone engages in them as a matter of design. Despite your misleading statements to the contrary, UGA does not use them. Are you new to this game? I’m not going to go back and bookmark the times of the game for you where these infractions occurred. As I can reiterate, if you didn’t bother to watch the game originally, I’m not going to do your legwork for you. If you want an example, feel free to go to the Georgia section of ajc.com and watch the video of the Vandy center diving at the knees of Kwame Geathers from behind and well away from the play. That’s the play where Kwame turns around and wrestles with him on the ground. He could’ve ended his career then and there. That’s not cheap? That’s not dirty?

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

Shawn Williams may have been acting like a "dumb@ss" but that still doesn't give Franklin the right to personally berate him. There are proper channels for that to occur. If you were the parent of a player that incurred a personal foul during a game, you would rightly discipline him yourself when you got home. However, if a parent on the other team came after your boy face to face, you better believe that you should stand up for him.

Grantham is getting a raw deal here. Not because he didn't overreact, which he did but because Coach Franklin is not also be held accountable for his actions. The full story is not being widely disseminated and the impression left is that Grantham is some unstable lunatic who just randomly explodes. Why hasn’t Franklin been taken to task in the media for his role in the matter?

Not interested in giving Grantham a pass. Only want the mitigating circumstances clarified.

Ldr
Ldr

Vanderbilt's coach comes across as a tattle telling cry baby in this video.



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