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Franklin Developing A Reputation For Post-Game Heat

Last November, when Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was captured giving Florida kick Chas Henry the choke sign before a field goal attempt, there were a lot of folks who came down on Grantham.

We weren’t among them.  Was it a juvenile move from a grown man?  Sure.  But did the act deserve the national attention it drew?  Not in our opinion.

Then came Grantham’s dust-up with Vanderbilt coach James Franklin following the Bulldogs’ win last month in Nashville.  As we noted at the time, Franklin “seemed calm and composed while Grantham appeared to go haywire.”

We also pointed out that Grantham had at that point been caught twice “acting like an overheated, 20-year-old player.”  We wrote that he got “some egg on his face.”

And he did, the national media repeatedly showed the clip of him screaming at Franklin.  Grantham later apologized.

We gave Franklin the benefit of the doubt on that occasion.  His reputation had been pretty good to that point.  Grantham was the known hot-head, not Franklin.  And if — as Franklin claimed after the game — a Georgia player had taunted him and his team, we have no problem with him taking it up with the opposing team’s coach.

But now we’re left to wonder what Franklin said to Grantham that got him so riled up.  You see, it’s been reported that Franklin has now had his second run-in with an opposing coach after a football game.

Saturday night, Tennessee defeated Vanderbilt in overtime.  Vol defensive back Eric Gordon picked off a Jordan Rodgers pass and returned it for the game-winning score.  But an official incorrectly blew a whistle and marked Gordon down.  Though no Vandy players seemed to slow down or stop, technically the play should have been dead right there, it should not have been revieweed — inadvertent whistles aren’t reviewable — and Tennessee should have started it’s own offensive possession.

Instead, the officials reversed the call after a review and got the call “right,” in terms of what actually happened, but they were wrong in how they arrived at their decision (as even SEC coordinator of officials Steve Shaw admitted yesterday).

Franklin was livid over the call and he apparently refused to shake the hands of Tennessee quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw and offensive line coach Harry Hiestand after the game.  (Photo at left.)

If true, this is now the second time Franklin has gotten into some sort of postgame altercation with an opposing coach.

Making matters worse, Jimmy Hyams of WNML-AM/FM in Knoxville has reported that a witness heard Franklin shout an obscenity toward the Tennessee student section as he left the field.

And tossing in one other nugget at this point, Vanderbilt is also developing a reputation for delivering late clips.  Vanderbilt center Logan Stewart was given a half-game suspension by the SEC for a blindside, knee-first that hit he put on Georgia’s Kwame Geathers.  On Saturday, the Commodores had a 70-yard pass called back when O-lineman Josh Jelesky delivered a similar clip to a Tennessee defender.

After his team’s game with Georgia, Franklin said, “We are gonna compete with class and we are gonna play with class.  And we’re gonna coach ‘em with class.”

Well, as was the case with Grantham, we start to pay more attention when a pattern begins to develop.  So if — and we stress if — Franklin snubbed a pair of UT coaches and cursed Tennessee’s student section on Saturday, then he might want to rethink that part about coaching ‘em with class.

And if his team continues to be penalized for delivering low, cheap shots game after game, he may have to tweak that part about playing with class, too.

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Chas Henry on Urban Meyer ‘I didn’t see it coming’ | VIDEO

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Urban Meyer’s sudden decision to leave the Florida football program stunned a lot of people butnone so as Gators punter Chas Henry.

Chas Henry said he didn't foresee Urban Meyer resigning.

Chas Henry

Henry, who was at Disney Wednesday as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards show which the senior is up for the Ray Guy Award, talked to media about his coach and his thoughts on Meyer’s departure.

Henry: “It’s a family decision. I have complete understanding and respect for it. You have to take care of yourself and take care of your family.”

Henry: “This year he was a lot more relaxed a lot more like he was kind of getting back into it again. I was very shocked. I did not see this coming at all. Last year, I could kind of see it. He looks a little drained He doesn’t look like himself. Like the Urban Meyer who recruited me four years ago.”


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VIDEO: Florida’s Chas Henry talks about Urban Meyer

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Urban Meyer’s sudden decision to leave the Florida football program stunned a lot of people but none so as Gators punter Chas Henry.

Henry, who was at Disney Wednesday as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards show which the senior is up for the Ray Guy Award, talked to media about his coach and his thoughts on Meyer’s departure.

Henry: “It’s a family decision. I have complete understanding and respect for it. You have to take care of yourself and take care of your family.”

Henry: “This year he was a lot more relaxed a lot more like he was kind of getting back into it again. I was very shocked. I did not see this coming at all. Last year, I could kind of see it. He looks a little drained He doesn’t look like himself. Like the Urban Meyer who recruited me four years ago.”


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Ahmad Black, Chas Henry, Janoris Jenkins earn more honors

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The postseason honors keep coming for a few Gators. Already, SS Ahmad Black and P Chas Henry were first-team All-SEC picks by the AP and Phil Steele. CB Janoris Jenkins was a first teamer by the AP and second team by Phil Steele.

All three picked up All-SEC honors from the coaches on Tuesday. Black and Henry were named to the first time, and Jenkins was named to the second team.

Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players. Here’s a look at the entire team:

2010 ALL-SEC FOOTBALL TEAM
(*-Ties)

FIRST-TEAM ALL-SEC — OFFENSE
Pos.       Name    School   Ht.          Wt.         Class      Hometown
TE           D.J. Williams       Arkansas              6-2          251         Sr.           Little Rock, Ark.
OL           Derek Sherrod  Mississippi State (T)        6-6          305         Sr.           Columbus, Miss.
OL           Lee Ziemba         Auburn                 6-8          319         Sr.           Rogers, Ark.
OL           DeMarcus Love Arkansas (T)       6-5          315         Sr.           Lancaster, Texas
*OL        James Carpenter              Alabama (T)        6-5          300         Sr.           Augusta, Ga.
*OL        Clint Boling          Georgia (T)         6-5          315         Sr.           Alpharetta, Ga.
C             Ryan Pugh           Auburn (C)          6-4          297         Sr.           Hoover, Ala.
WR         Alshon Jeffery   South Carolina   6-4          233         So.          St. Matthews, S.C.
WR         Julio Jones          Alabama              6-4          220         Jr.           Foley, Ala.
QB          Cam Newton     Auburn                 6-6          250         Jr.           College Park, Ga.
RB           Marcus Lattimore            South Carolina   6-0          218         Fr.           Duncan, S.C.
RB           Stevan Ridley     LSU        6-0          226         Jr.           Natchez, Miss.
AP          Randall Cobb      Kentucky             5-11       186         Jr.           Alcoa, Tenn.

SECOND-TEAM ALL-SEC — OFFENSE
Pos.       Name    School   Ht.          Wt.         Class      Hometown
TE           Orson Charles    Georgia                6-3          240         So.          Tampa, Fla.
OL           Larry Warford    Kentucky (G)     6-3          329         So.          Richmond, Ky.
OL           Barrett Jones     Alabama (G)       6-4          301         So.          Memphis, Tenn.
OL           Garrett Chisolm                South Carolina (G)           6-6          303         Sr.           Charleston, S.C.
OL           Joseph Barksdale             LSU (T) 6-6          318         Sr.           Detroit, Mich.
C             William Vlachos Alabama (C)       6-1          289         Jr.           Birmingham, Ala.
WR         A.J. Green           Georgia                6-4          212         Jr.           Summerville, S.C.
WR         Randall Cobb      Kentucky             5-11       186         Jr.           Alcoa, Tenn.
QB          Ryan Mallett      Arkansas              6-6          238         Jr.           Texarkana, Ark.
RB           Knile Davis          Arkansas              6-0          220         So.          Missouri City, Texas
RB           Mark Ingram      Alabama              5-10       215         Jr.           Flint, Mich.
AP          Trent Richardson              Alabama              5-11       220         So.          Pensacola, Fla.

FIRST-TEAM ALL-SEC – DEFENSE
Pos.       Name    School   Ht.          Wt.         Class      Hometown
DL           Drake Nevis        LSU        6-2          285         Sr.           Marrero, La.
DL           Marcell Dareus  Alabama              6-4          306         Jr.           Birmingham, Ala.
DL           Nick Fairley         Auburn                 6-5          298         Jr.           Mobile, Ala.
DL           Pernell McPhee                Mississippi State               6-4          285         Sr.           Pahokee, Fla.
LB           Danny Trevathan             Kentucky             6-1          223         Jr.           Leesburg, Fla.
LB           Kelvin Sheppard               LSU        6-3          240         Sr.           Stone Mountain, Ga.
LB           Justin Houston  Georgia                6-3          258         Jr.           Statesboro, Ga.
DB          Patrick Peterson               LSU (CB)               6-1          222         Jr.           Pompano Beach, Fla.
DB          Mark Barron       Alabama (S)        6-2          210         Jr.           Mobile, Ala.
DB          Ahmad Black      Florida (S)            5-9          190         Sr.           Lakeland, Fla.
DB          Stephon Gilmore             South Carolina (CB)         6-1          189         So.          Rock Hill, S.C.

SECOND-TEAM ALL-SEC — DEFENSE
Pos.       Name    School   Ht.          Wt.         Class                      Hometown
DL           Jake Bequette   Arkansas              6-5          271         Jr.           Little Rock, Ark.
DL           Cliff Matthews  South Carolina   6-4          268         Sr.           Cheraw, S.C.
DL           Devin Taylor       South Carolina   6-7          249         So.          Beaufort, S.C.
DL           Jerrell Powe       Ole Miss               6-2          320         Sr.           Waynesboro, Miss.
LB           Dont’a Hightower            Alabama              6-4          260         So.          Lewisburg, Tenn.
LB           Chris White         Mississippi State               6-4          245         Sr.           Vancleave, Miss.
*LB         Chris Marve        Vanderbilt           6-0          235         Jr.           Memphis, Tenn.
*LB         Jerry Franklin     Arkansas              6-1          241         Jr.           Marion, Ark.
DB          Robert Lester    Alabama (S)        6-2          206         So.          Foley, Ala.
DB          Janoris Jenkins  Florida (CB)         5-11       184         Jr.           Pahokee, Fla.
DB          Casey Hayward Vanderbilt           5-11       188         Jr.           Perry, Ga.
*DB        Janzen Jackson Tennessee          6-0          187         So.          Lake Charles, La.
*DB        Dre Kirkpatrick  Alabama (CB)     6-3          190         So.          Gadsden, Ala.
*DB        Morris Claiborne              LSU (CB)               6-0          177         So.          Shreveport, La.


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Florida punter Chas Henry named Ray Guy Award semifinalist

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Florida's Chas Henry has posted the nation's best punting average while taking on kicking duties much of this season. (Orlando Sentinel photo)

In addition to Chas Henry’s added kicking duties this year, the Florida punter has continued to be one of the best in the country at his position.

Henry was named a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award on Friday, the third time he’s been in the running for the country’s top award for punting. His 48.18-yard average per punt ranks first nationally. Twelve of his 33 punts have landed inside the 20-yard line and only 10 have been returned.

Henry has also been the team’s kicker since the beginning of October as Caleb Sturgis has been out with a hairline fracture in his vertebrae. He kicked the game-winning field goal in a 34-31 overtime win over Georgia on Oct. 30.

A national voting body of Football Bowl Subdivision coaches, sports information directors, national media and former Ray Guy Award winners will select the three award finalists, who will be named on Nov. 22. Voters will then cast a second round of ballots to decide the winner.

The award will be presented on The Home Depot College Football Awards live on  Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. on ESPN.


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The Daily Feed // 11.12.10

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He better be calling plays in this picture and not ordering takeout.

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Brett Flashnick – AP

He better be calling plays in this picture and not ordering takeout.

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FOOTBALL

Gamecocks Work Out Thursday | Gamecocks Online

Coach Johnson said the difference for the Florida offense versus other teams was their speed. “The thing about it is if you make a false step or you put your eyes on the wrong thing, they’re just so fast. If you put different kids in that Florida offense, it kind of looks like another offense,” continued Johnson. “But they’re so fast and they execute so well and they’re obviously well-coached. It’s just the speed of it and the execution of it that’s just phenomenal.”

Ellis Johnson on why we don’t stand a chance.

Spurrier, Gamecocks take their shot | ESPN
All we’ve ever asked for is a chance, right? Well here we are.

SEC East Championship Preview: Gators Vs. Gamecocks | Leftover Hot Dog
I could really go for some great special teams play right about now.

Special teams play a huge factor as the Gators will look to Chas Henry to handle the punting and kicking duties once again. Henry missed a last second field goal earlier in the season to lose the Miss. State game but redeemed himself 2 weeks ago against Georgia. Carolina will need to be aggressive on special team, as Florida will look to take advantage of every kickoff and punt as another scoring opportunity.

Secondary gets shakeup, Ward says on Cola radio | Spur of the Moment
Could this be the spark we’ve all been looking for? At this point our problems in the secondary are just as much a function of confidence as ability.

Gamecocks Podcast: Hogs Review and Florida Gators Preview | Leftover Hot Dog

On this week’s show,the Gamecocks blogging bloggers of leftoverhotdog.com (Moose, the General and Flounder) discuss what went wrong versus the ‘Hogs, did the loss hurt the recruitment of Clowney, takeaways from Arkansas, who must step up against the Gators, keys to a UF win and of course a prediction of the score.

USC fans on the road to an SEC East title? | GoGamecocks.com
Hey, no one thought we’d beat Clemson last year either. Let’s see what happens. Anyone going to Gainesville for the game?

 

 

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Gamecock Men’s Basketball To Entertain Elon In Season Opener Friday | Gamecocks Online
Tipoff is at 9:04 pm, folks.

Young Gamecocks have a Lowcountry flavor | The Post and Courier
I’m not ready for basketball season just yet. Ask me again on Sunday.

 

 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

W HOOPS: Season Preview | GamecockCentral.com
A look at Dawn Staley’s crew post-Bone.

USC women look to rebound after Bone’s departure | The Post and Courier
Speaking of Bone, did we ever get a straight answer as to why she left in the first place?

Gamecocks Host No. 5/6 Xavier in First Game Friday Night | Gamecocks Online
The women are kicking off a pretty tough out of conference schedule on Friday as well.

 

MEN’S SOCCER

Men’s Soccer To Face Top-Seeded SMU In C-USA Semifinals – Gamecocks Online
We played them earlier in Dallas and lost 3-1. Will this time be different?

 

 

WOMEN’S SOCCER

Gamecocks to face Spartans | The Daily Gamecock
Looks to be a good game. Hopefully the Lady Gamecocks can get on a roll.

Coming off another valiant performance in the SEC Tournament, No. 20 Carolina (14-5-4) will look to continue to put its name on the map when it travels to Charlottesville, Va., to make its fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Its bid for a title begins with a Friday night matchup against No. 10 UNC Greensboro (19-1-1).


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UF’s Henry Rational, Sane, And My New Favorite Player

Florida punter/kicker Chas Henry is like me.  He doesn’t get all the fuss and outrage over Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham’s choke sign.

“It’s in the middle of the game.  It’s an intense game.  I think it’s ridiculous that people are trying to say he should have to apologize for it and that he should be fined or anything.  He’s a great coach.  Look at his record.  It’s just an intense game.”

With that, Henry has shown more maturity than Grantham. 

The coach acted stupidly.  He’ll always have those 15 seconds of silliness attached to his name.  He likely won’t do it again.  End of story.

Kudos to Florida’s kicker for seeing Grantham’s dumb gesture for what it was — a dumb gesture.

And just for the record, when Henry saw the choke sign, he blew Grantham a kiss… which led the coach to give him another choke sign.  Sounds like the kid knows how to have a little fun on the football field.

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Georgia’s Todd Grantham taunts Florida kicker, says “wishes it hadn’t happened”

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After plenty of criticism, Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham (white shirt) said he regretted making a choking gesture before Chas Henry's game-winning field goal.

From the School of Non-Accountability comes Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

First, the backstory. With Florida and Georgia tied at 34-34 on Saturday, P/K Chas Henry lined up to try a 37-yard field goal to win it. A broadcast by SUN Sports shows Grantham making a choking gesture toward the field.

It appears he says, “You’re going to (expletive) choke. You’re going to choke.”

Of course, after the timeout, Henry didn’t choke and the Gators won.

“Some of the coaches on the sideline was over there, and they were kind of giving me a little grief saying I was going to choke,” Henry told a CBS sideline reporter after the win. “After last week, or two weeks ago with Mississippi State, it killed me. That was a heart breaker. I knew I let my team down and I was never going to do that again. In a way, for the last two weeks, I’ve been practicing and practicing. I knew I was going to do it tonight. When it came down to it, I was going to make it.”

Asked about it on Tuesday, Georgia coach Mark Richt acknowledged the gesture, saying he was aware of it and that “emotions run high.”

Grantham finally commented to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tuesday evening, expressing regret but not apologizing. From the AJC:

“As a competitor, sometimes you get caught up in the heat of the moment,” Grantham said. “I wish the situation hadn’t happened.

“It was a tough, hard-fought game. They won it, and I’m ready to move forward and finish out the year strong.”

Grantham said he has talked with Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity and coach Mark Richt about the incident, “and we’re ready to move forward.”

Asked if he feels that he owes an apology to the Florida kicker, Chas Henry, Grantham said: “I’ve kind of basically said what I’m going to say.”

Of course, the Gators have the trump card here – a win. Players were advised not to speak about it to the media on Tuesday, but LG Carl Johnson couldn’t help himself.

“Hey, he did it and we kicked the field goal, so he need to do it every time we play against them, I guess,” Johnson said.


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Todd Grantham, Chas Henry, and the Controversy at the End of the Georgia-Florida Game

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All right, I still just wanted to lie around, feel sick, and mope for a few more days, but, like Al Pacino in “The Godfather, Part III,” I’ve been pulled back in by circumstances. I am speaking, of course, of Todd Grantham’s “choke” gesture, which some quarters of the blogosphere deem to be the thing that will knock me off of my supposed “high horse.”

In overtime, while looking onto the field at Chas Henry, Todd Grantham made a choking gesture. A Gainesville Sun reporter who reviewed the film of the incident states that Coach Grantham said, “You’re gonna [bleepin’] choke. You’re gonna choke.” Henry confirmed afterward that such a statement had come from a Georgia coach. Coach Grantham was not, as some suggested, giving a signal to his players.

While I appreciate Year2’s measured take from the preceding link, and while I recognize the reasonableness of Senator Blutarsky’s point that such things happen in the heat of the moment (a reality of which we cannot be overly critical, since we wanted a fiery defensive coordinator), I have to agree with Jeff Schultz, his over-the-top Woody Hayes comparison notwithstanding:

Now, it would be understandable if Grantham thought, “Choke!” or “Miss it!” in his head. It wouldn’t even be surprising a Georgia player yelled, “Choke!” or grabbed his neck.

But for a 44-year-old college coach to be grabbing his neck when a 21-year-old is lining up for a field goal? That would be a bit much.

It was a bit much, particularly since it was directed at the field and accompanied by words directed at the player: Coach Grantham said, “You’re gonna choke”; he didn’t say, “He’s gonna choke.” He was speaking to Chas Henry, and Chas Henry heard him. That’s unsportsmanlike and inappropriate.

Yes, I know Todd Grantham is a fiery guy, and I like that about him, but self-control is the essence of discipline, and personal foul penalties (particularly in Jacksonville) have been a problem for the Georgia Bulldogs for a while now. Part of Coach Grantham’s job is to teach his charges managed aggression; in order to do that job effectively, he has to be able to control himself at least as well as he expects his players to control themselves. Erk Russell was as fiery a coach as we have ever had, and he used language with his players that would have caused blushes below deck on a troop ship, but I am not aware of any instance in which he directed profanity and demeaning gestures to an opposing player. The line may be a fine one, but there is a line, and Coach Grantham crossed it.

Seth Emerson makes the interesting point that this may be a carryover from Coach Grantham’s lengthy stint in the NFL. That would make sense, as this sort of thing would be a bit more understandable (albeit equally ill-mannered) between grown men and professionals. However, as Seth also notes, Pete Carroll’s use of a “choke” gesture at the next level was deemed “a breach of etiquette.” Coach Carroll subsequently apologized to the kicker in question, and Coach Grantham should, as well. (By the way, in both instances, the kicker in question booted the game-winning field goal, so this isn’t just bad form, it’s bad mojo.)

Some commenters have noted, and it bears emphasizing, that, in the context of sports, “choke” has a specific and non-violent meaning; it is a “man enough” jab meant to imply that the player will not come through in the clutch. That fact is important to note, because a coach directing a “choke” gesture is being rude, but not doing anything threatening. It’s not like he sent Henry a text message saying, “Time to die.”

Moreover, the ill-advised words and gestures made by Todd Grantham in the heat of battle were more than offset by Urban Meyer’s postgame directing of the Gator chomp to the Georgia fans. However bad an idea it is for a coach to smart off to an opposing player during the game, that at least has the virtue of occurring in the arena between enemy combatants; what Coach Meyer did cannot be defended by either excuse, as it took place after the game and was directed at the fans. Since a fish rots from the head down, we should not wonder why so many Florida fans seem to take greater pleasure in kicking Georgia fans while we’re down than in celebrating their victory with one another.

Nevertheless, it is no justification for us to assert that our coaches are less badly behaved than theirs; certainly, we hold representatives of the University of Georgia to a higher standard than merely being able to assert, “At least they act better than Gators!” The bottom line is that, if a player would be flagged for doing it on the field of play during the game, a coach shouldn’t do it on the sideline, either, and we all know that, if a Georgia player had done what Coach Grantham did or a Florida player had done what Coach Meyer did, a fifteen-yard penalty would have followed.

Like podunkdawg, I am not ashamed, but I am embarrassed. It was unsportsmanlike, and he should have known better. Todd Grantham does not owe me an apology, but he owes one to Chas Henry.

Go ‘Dawgs!


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The Florida-Georgia “Choke-Gate” controversy

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Big topic on the web this afternoon is the clip of Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham appearing to give Florida kicker Chas Henry the “choke” sign as Henry lined up for what turned out to be Florida’s winning field goal in overtime.

Georgia coach Mark Richt acknowledged that it was a choke sign, but downplayed the incident.

The AJC also has a picture of Grantham giving the choke sign, plus here’s the video.

Remember as you watch, coaches are molders of young men.

(Hat tip to @osgators.)

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