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Richt addresses post-game skirmish

Mark Richt

Immediately after last night’s game between Georgia and Vanderbilt, a 33-28 victory by the Bulldogs, a skirmish broke out between some of the coaches and players on both sides. Hours later, details about how the whole event unfolded are still pretty fuzzy, but there was a verbal altercation between Vandy coach James Franklin and Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

“I went to find Coach Richt and didn’t find him, so I found one of his assistant coaches and it didn’t go well. We’re not going to sit back and take it from anyone,” Franklin said afterward.

Today, Georgia coach Mark Richt addressed the altercation.

“We all know that we want to do things a certain way and we want to be able to keep our poise throughout the ballgame, too,” Richt said. “I just think tempers were hot. It was a very heated ballgame, a very close ballgame, a very emotional ballgame for everybody. It was just a situation where I’m sure words were spoken and all that kind of stuff.

“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 just trying to keep the peace and get everybody off the field without anything really horrible happening.”

Asked if he or the SEC would take any disciplinary action against any players involved, Richt followed up with “I have no idea. Right now we’re just going to start watching Florida film and put this other game to rest tomorrow. I’ve not been contacted in any way on those issues, and hopefully we won’t.”

(Tip of the cap: Athens Banner Herald) 

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7 Responses to “Richt addresses post-game skirmish”
  1. floridacock says: Oct 16, 2011 8:07 PM

    I think all wins by Georgia should be taken away.

  2. kenosando says: Oct 16, 2011 9:00 PM

    @floridacock your name says it all.

  3. southernpatriots says: Oct 16, 2011 9:54 PM

    Friends and family who were at the game said they saw numerous times that Vandy players used “crack back” blocks which are illegal and this was pointed out to the officials and coaches.

    This may have added fuel to fire or provoked some words from coaches to coaches. We are hoping to get a tape of the game so we can review it carefully but at this point this is just rumors and could be the reason for the original words between coaches.

  4. dee6634 says: Oct 16, 2011 11:42 PM

    If Mark Richt is half the man he and others say he is, then he should do a better job of controlling his players and more specifically, his halfwit defensive coordinator.

    The volcanic Grantham was out of control, and subsequently, so was his defense. How can Richt expect his defense to play with poise and controlled aggression when his defensive leader(?) completely loses it?

    Grantham said he was taking up for his players. His actions imply that he condones thug-like behavior by his players.What it looked like to me was a complete meltdown by a simple, short fused hothead. He would be better served going back to the NFL.

    Richt will shake his head when he watches the post game video. He already knows his defensive unit has issues. I wonder if he knows that the real issue is the defensive coordinator?

  5. Deb says: Oct 17, 2011 12:26 AM

    dee6634 says:

    Richt will shake his head when he watches the post game video. He already knows his defensive unit has issues.

    Richt has already seen the post-game video–that’s evident from his comments about the incident not being pretty. People commenting on YouTube were saying Franklin was yelling at a Georgia player and Grantham intervened. But it’s really impossible for any of us to tell from that video exactly what set Grantham off.

  6. quitcrying says: Oct 17, 2011 10:17 AM

    So many people think Richt is such a great guy with high morals, etc. etc. In my opinion, he lacks integrity which trickles down to his staff and players. I’m not anti GA either so don’t hate on me Dawg fans :<)

  7. jonkybon says: Oct 17, 2011 11:26 AM

    Of coarse the Florida cock was to see UGA stripped, its the only way their papermache team stands a chance. Gawd the Shamecocks are 0-1 against teams they’ve played with a winning record aftewr 2-6 last year. Even before the loss of Lattimore, they fill their schedule with cupcakes and try to be taken seriously. ECU, Navy, Citadel…what a joke!

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