After Georgia’s win in Nashville last season, Vanderbilt coach James Franklin and Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham had a few postgame words for one another on the field. It wasn’t the first time Grantham had shown a little too much emotion. And it wouldn’t be be the last time in 2011 that Franklin would stir up some controversy with an opposing coach or fanbase.
Grantham and Franklin are fiery characters. UGA head coach Mark Richt on the other hand is as cool as the proverbial cucumber. Which is why he says his team will be “ready” for this weekend’s rematch with Vandy in Athens, but he claims that he won’t try to use the postgame kerfuffle as a motivator for this squad:
“I think the big thing is to make sure we just concentrate on playing football and not on the extra-curricular. Because those things turn into penalties. … I don’t want anything to take focus off of executing [or] take focus off of doing the right things fundamentally and knowing your job and taking care of your responsibility. So that’s what we’re going to focus on.”
I don’t think Richt will have to say Word One to his players regarding the end of last year’s game. They’ll remember it. So will Vanderbilt’s players. Saturday could see a real slobberknocker between the hedges.