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Grantham And Franklin Get Into It After VU-UGA Game

Will Muschamp wasn’t the only SEC coach to go a little nuts on Saturday night.  Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham went off in the immediate aftermath of the Bulldogs’ 33-28 win at Vanderbilt.  When James Franklin mentioned to him that one or more Georgia players had said something “inappropriate,” Grantham snapped.

“I love our players,” Grantham told reporters when asked about the incident.  “I’m going to stick up for my players.  Everybody’s competitive.”

Sticking up for one’s players is fine, but Franklin seemed to be calm and composed while Grantham appeared to go haywire.

In the slow motion video below — which leaves Grantham looking like a cross between Bigfoot and Ed Orgeron — you’ll see the coach unleash a flurry of obscenities at Vandy’s coach.  You’ll also see players separate the two men:

Franklin made it clear in his own postgame press conference how he has respect for Mark Richt.  And how Mark Richt is a classy.  His emphasis on Richt makes it clear he can’t say the same for everyone associated with Georgia.

But what’s more interesting from Franklin’s statement is his declaration that Vandy’s not going to be a pushover any longer.

“At Vandy we are gonna compete with class and we are gonna play with class.  And we’re gonna coach ‘em with class…

I have tremendous respect for Coach Richt and that program.  He’s been a class act guy the whole time I’ve known him and watched his team play.  Let me make sure I address that about Coach Richt…

What happened at the end is we had a very, very tough, emotional game.  And some things were said that I didn’t thinks was appropriate.  I tried to find Coach Richt to address it.  And I couldn’t find Coach Richt and I happened to have a discussion with one of their assistant coaches.  That didn’t go well.  And I apologize that things escalated from there.

But we’re also gonna fight.  I want to make sure everybody understands that.  We are not gonna sit back and take stuff from anybody.  Anybody.  No one.  Those days are long gone and they are never coming back.  Ever.” 

Franklin also went out of his way to emphasize how Georgia’s fans came early, cheered for their team and stayed late.  A message to his own school’s fanbase?  Most likely.

Richt addressed the situation in his own postgame presser.


“I don’t know exactly what happened.  Maybe TV picked it up and we’ll get a better view of what was going on.  But we are grown men and we need to act that way.  But we’re also competitors and we all have emotions and sometimes when you get a little fired up it’s hard to keep from getting in some kind of jawing contest.  I’ll say this: There were times when I was ashamed of some the choice things that came out of my mouth during the game.  So I’ve got to be disciplined, too.”

That’s true.  We’ve been told that Richt was heard muttering, “Dagnabbit” and “Gee willikers” at various points during the contest.

“But the bottom line is when the game is over the game’s over.  You shake hands and you be thankful for the victory.  Just like at the end of a play.  When a play’s over, it’s over.  Go to the sideline.  We didn’t do a very good job of that at times.  It was heated.  It is battle.  It’s not war with real bullets but it’s a war in a sense and it’s very physical.  Tempers do get flared up.  I don’t mind our blood getting hot but we have to be able to get excited or maybe even angry but not foul.”

The Dawgs were flagged 11 times and three were personal foul penalties.  Defensive tackle Kwame Geathers could be punished by the commissioner’s office for what appeared to be a thrown punch during the game.  But it was Grantham whose actions took center stage at game’s end.  (It’s not the first time Grantham has brought negative attention to himself during a game.)

Yesterday, Richt said that he had reviewed the issue on tape and had handled it. 

“I just think that tempers were hot (and)it was a very heated ballgame… for everybody.  When you look at the big picture, it certainly wasn’t a pretty scene, but it really could have been a lot worse than it was.  I thought coaches on each side and even some players did a good job of trying to keep the peace and get everybody off the field without anything really horrible happening…

We all know we want to do things a certain way, and we want to be able to keep our poise throughout the ballgame.  We need our players at the end of a play to not be chirping or anything.  Just go back to the sideline if you’re on a special team or go back to the huddle if you’re still on the field.  Let’s just play football.”

It might be hard for Grantham to deliver that message to his unit since he himself has now twice been caught acting like an overheated, 20-year-old player.

The takeaway from all this: Georgia got the win.  Grantham got some egg on his face.  Franklin set the tone for Vanderbilt’s program with his postgame comments.  And Commodore fans now have a reason to show up early and stay late when supporting their team.

 


25 comments
Mike
Mike

Georgia needs to get rid of that white trash coach. Just sayin

markmjtx
markmjtx

What were the incidents that Grantham had when he was in the NFL?

Old Sarge
Old Sarge

Wow, what parent would want their kid to be coached by that nut job. Kudos to the Georgia and Vandy players that stood calmly and observed how not to act as a grown-up.

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

What was omitted in this report was that Coach Franklin personally went after Georgia safety Shawn Williams prior to Coach Grantham's escapades. Coach Grantham obviously could've handled it better but a coach going after another team's player is completely unacceptable. Who does he think he is? Woody Hayes? Given the full story, Mike Slive is likely to discipline both of them.

Stnwall
Stnwall

LOL. Like the SEC Office gives a rip about GA literaly punching a VU player in the back of the head while he was down. I expect that nothing will come of this. GA only had 3 personal fouls but could hav eeasily had 2 others and shoudl have had 2 players ejected. Typically, the SEC officials ignored numerous cheap shots by both sides and let the game get out of control. The Basketball officials in the SEC are pretty bad but they tend to clean up the chirping and cheap shots better than the football officials do.

Guest
Guest

I do not understand anyone defending a player punching another player, or players constantly taunting others, or players saying anything to any coach. Georgia usually behaves better than this and CMR needs to gain control.

Ryan Moore
Ryan Moore

I'm neither Georgia nor Vanderbilt and don't know the circumstances of the argument, but the Vandy player who stood between the two coaches handled the situation great and I was really surprised by his poise and composure.

He blocked the coaches from each other without hitting or pushing or even putting his hands on anyone and likely kept the situation under control. Props to him for that. Now the coaches just need to take a note from the player's conduct.

Ginny
Ginny

Yeah you conveniently left out the part where Vandy players were going after Georgia players' knees all night which could have resulted in season-ending injuries. This is exactly why Kwame was so heated and I would be too. Or the part where Franklin verbally attacked a Georgia player who was walking away from the scene which started the confrontation. The bigger issue here is the poor officiating that could have nipped a lot of this in the bud early on. I can understand why Franklin would feel the need to bring attention to Vandy's program, as there's not much being generated otherwise.

atl14dat
atl14dat

What bias? Pro Vandy? not hardly.

I usually laud Richt for his Class and Integrity that he runs the program with.

That said Grantham is a "loose Cannon" always has been always will be. he was at his NFL stops and seems to be a little worse in the SEC.

My comment above is not about the Georgia program as a whole nor in general.

It was pointed squarely at the childish antics of Grantham.

Tim Brando just stated on his show that Richt is going to have to reign Grantham in a few notches.

I'm sure it's just more of the UGA bias. LOL

me2
me2

I see it as whining from the Vandy coach. It is also inappropriate for a coach to yell at an opposing teams players. We never see Coach Franklin's face on the video to see if he is "calm". If you have a problem as a coach, deal with the SEC office. Coach Franklin initiated the encounter; he was wrong to do this from the beginning.

H-Town Dawg
H-Town Dawg

What a surprise! Much like the referees, the blogger ignores some inconvenient realitities about the game in order to give Vandy a free pass. As usual, it's the second guy who gets flagged (or criticized) for reacting to what the first guy did. It would be a sign of growth if the blogger was willing to take a closer look rather than simply regurgitating a false narrative that suits his personal bias.

atl14dat
atl14dat

Just the daily bush league antics that one can expect from Todd Grantham.

Kudos to Franklin on how he handled this, just more of the same from Grantham.

I'm a UT alum too, so I sure don't go out of my way to find a reason to praise Vandy.

not me
not me

how do you know that? what did he say?

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Ginny...

While I'm not a fan of cut-blocking, it's very much legal. Chop-blocking is not legal. Two different things. Vandy cut-blocks... that's legal.

Thanks for reading,
John

JamesG
JamesG

so what you're saying is.. it's perfectly ok for Franklin to yell at OUR players like a drunken fool? and you expect all of our coaches to act soft and quiet like Richt?

The author of this article is a blabbering fool who needs to write about tennis or something on the soft side.. this is football MAN UP!

Singling out our DC like he's a problem? look around you.. our head coach is a little too soft sided, and the players carry the mentality of the coaches onto the field.. I'm GLAD we have at least ONE fired up coach on our sideline.. reminds me of Urk Russel in a lot of ways (but I guess ole Urk is a little too hard core for you guys too huh?) nowonder we lack a national title.

blackertai
blackertai

I don't disagree about Grantham being a loose cannon, but why is there no reference to Franklin's actions in the post? Instead of berating a head coach for acting so childishly, you single out Georgia's DC (who, I might add, acted the fool) and lay all the blame at his feet. Grantham more than deserves to have this pointed out, but Franklin also should receive some repudiation for his post-game actions.

not me
not me

at which uga player did franklin yell? and when?

thought so....

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

I know they don't like linking to other sites here but the following is an excerpt from that report:

"Grantham and Franklin were caught on video in a heated, finger-pointing exchange immediately after Georgia’s 33-28 win over Vanderbilt had concluded. Moments before that, Franklin is observed yelling at Georgia safety Shawn Williams."

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

Don't know what he said but that's what I read on Chip Tower's ajc blog this morning.

genxdawg
genxdawg

For the record, the play that got Kwame Geathers all riled up was an absolutely illegal block by the Vandy center. He targeted Geathers knee from behind and in a spot where Geathers could not impact the play. The Vandy player was flagged on the play for a clipping penalty, but it was more than just a penalty.....one might say it was dirty.

blackertai
blackertai

Watch the video. Grantham clearly turns around to see who Franklin is yelling and pointing at at one point. Franklin was coming out gesturing towards a Georgia defensive player (general consensus is Shawn Williams), and Grantham defended his man. I'm not saying he was right in going off the hinge again, but his response to Franklin is more understandable when you view it in light of what was occuring.

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

Based on the way it was reported, it would be safe to say these were eyewitness accounts. It's also interesting that Coach Franklin coveniently omitted that piece during his press conference.

Stnwall
Stnwall

GA's player adressed Franklin first, during the game and after. No reason to respect GA any more after that debacle Saturday night. Nice that the wuss will shout at the opposing coach then prance away. No class at all.

blackertai
blackertai

So what you're saying is, watching that video where Grantham is clearly responding to Franklin's gestures (and assumably his words, as well), because the camera only caught Grantham's face, Franklin should catch a pass? That's ridiculous.

not me
not me

there is no video of franklin yelling, or even talking to, williams. there is video of him pointing in williams' general direction, but that's it.

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