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Grantham wishes choking gesture ‘hadn’t happened’

Earlier today, Lil’ Ben brought you the news of Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham being caught on tape making a choking gesture and screaming “you’re gonna (really bad word) choke” at Florida’s Chas Henry before he attempted what would turn out to be the winning kick Saturday.

Head coach Mark Richt said that his first-year coordinator would not be punished for the rather bizarre incident, and it appears the SEC will not take any action against the coach either.

Grantham addressed his attempt to Noonan the opponents with hand signals and f-bombs earlier this evening and, while he stopped short of apologizing, he did seem to regret that it had taken place.

“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.”

So, apparently, this case is closed.  As it should be.

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10 Responses to “Grantham wishes choking gesture ‘hadn’t happened’”
  1. slimcharles1 says: Nov 2, 2010 8:29 PM

    Yeah, I don’t see what the big deal is. I hate the rules against displaying emotion in college football. Besides, the Florida kid made the kick.

  2. WingT says: Nov 2, 2010 9:28 PM

    I wonder how Richt and the SEC would have reacted if every player on the sideline did what Grantham did.

  3. slimcharles1 says: Nov 2, 2010 11:33 PM

    It’s best to say such things in a more private manner…like a text!

    Richt is a tool, don’t get me wrong.

  4. gamustangdude says: Nov 3, 2010 9:27 AM

    @ slimcharles1

    ok how about we man up here and stop crying like females. The man admitted he was wrong, what more do you want?

  5. blitz4848 says: Nov 3, 2010 9:51 AM

    The what more is a straight up apology! Grantham is a teacher for the players and that was a piss poor example, period! I don’t think there should be any punishment but Grantham should have apologized to UF, UGA and all fans and young kids who have seen this. That is how you clean it up and move on—stopping short of apologizing is not the right message.

  6. gamustangdude says: Nov 3, 2010 10:16 AM

    Well that’s your opinion and you’re entitled to it, however I don’t feel he should perform any other deeds. He’s said he was wrong, now let’s move on. An apology will solve what? Better sportsmanship? I’ll tell you what we throw the word sportsmanship around way to easily. What happens to any player that makes a big hit and instead of running back to the huddle to prepare for the next play they feel they need to stand over the ball carrier / blocker and say some “friendly commentary,” or do the “robot Dance” if that’s the brand of sportsmanship anyone is referring to these days then Grantham is meeting the standard. Especially after last years two timeout incident, i’m sure that was “good” coaching though.

  7. blitz4848 says: Nov 3, 2010 10:36 AM

    Kind of narrow minded comparing this to last yrs coaching one up manship exercised by Meyer to respond to Richt’s send the entire team into the end zone shenanigan. Those 2 acts weren’t the same as a coach (coordinator) hollering the F-bomb and holding his throat and trying to get the attention of an opposing student athlete. If your defense is in some way the old 2 supposed wrongs make a right theory that would be off base.

    How classy would it be for any team, high school, college or pro to stand on defense and start yelling f-bombs and other crap while holding their throats in a choke mode when their opponent was about to kick a FG?

    I very much agree, I am tired of seeing all the chest thumping, self praise by athletes for accomplishing what they are supposed to do after almost every play.

  8. gamustangdude says: Nov 3, 2010 10:55 AM

    Maybe I am norrowed minded and it’s hard for me not to be in this case being a UGA Fan. I do agree that the coach was wrong for the gesture.

  9. tryagainplease says: Nov 3, 2010 11:58 AM

    i’m not a ga fan but i don’t see the big deal in this at all. it wasn’t a threat by any means, if we’re looking for threats we can just stop with florida and their ‘time to die, bitch’ thug. until that scum is removed from the team, florida coaches and fans have nothing to bitch about in regards to other teams.

  10. dhardy8207 says: Nov 3, 2010 10:13 PM

    It was a classless move on the Coach’s part, he is after all an example to his players and other students, however if you believe in KARMA one has to think that young kicker was motivated by that moment. I say this is a lesson learned and having to issue a statement to address it period should be punishment enough. Its called trash talk and its as old as the game.

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