At the end of last year’s Georgia-Vanderbilt game, there were some on-field fireworks between Commodore head coach James Franklin and UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. Franklin didn’t like what a gloating Bulldog player said to him after the contest. Grantham didn’t like Franklin bringing his complaint to him.
Franklin went on to deliver his now famous “we are not gonna sit back and take stuff from anybody” speech in the postgame presser. Grantham was later told to tone things down by Mark Richt and AD Greg McGarity.
That episode hasn’t been forgotten. Asked yesterday by a Dawg fan if Richt might send Grantham to the pressbox for this year’s matchup with Vandy, Richt laughed and said:
“Yeah, he may need to go upstairs. You know what, I think the Bulldog Nation likes a little piss and vinegar…
We all as coaches have to set the right tone and that kind of thing. But it was an interesting exchange, I’ll say that. I don’t think we’ll have much trouble getting jacked up to play the Vanderbilt Commodores this year, I’ll tell you that.”
Here’s guessing Franklin would say the same about his team getting up for Georgia this year.