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Skirmish breaks about between Georgia, Vandy after game

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Georgia’s 33-28 victory over Vanderbilt was interesting all the way until the last play of the game. And then some.

A very hard-fought, emotional game that featured multiple personal foul penalties ended with a skirmish between the two sides instead of the normal handshakes. Specifically, Vanderbilt coach James Franklin and Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham got into a battle of words while other coaches reportedly had to separate players from fighting.

The details of the situation are still pretty fuzzy right now, and Grantham was rather vague in his response to the skirmish.

“I love our players. I’m going to stick up for my players and everybody’s competitive,” Grantham said repeatedly. If you’d like to see a very, very rough (and slow motion) video of the incident, click HERE.

Because of our ability to read lips (in slow motion), the video isn’t something we can show on this site.

“We just had a tough, emotional game and some things were said that I didn’t think were appropriate,” said Franklin. “I went to find Coach [Mark] 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.”

“I explained to [Richt] what happened,” Frankin continued. “That’s for me and Coach Richt to deal with. Hopefully we’ll learn from that experience. Those things happen.”

Richt said afterward he was unaware of exactly what went on, but plans on looking into it soon.

“I don’t know exactly what happened. Maybe TV picked it up and we’ll get a better view of what was going on,” he said. “But we are grown men and we need to act that way. But we’re also competitors and we all have emotions and xometimes when you get a little fired up it’s hard to keep from getting in some kind of jawing contest.

“I’ll say this: There were times when I was ashamed of some of the choice things that came out of my mouth during the game. So I’ve got to be disciplined, too.”

Georgia has reeled off five straight wins after starting the season 0-2; Vanderbilt drops to 3-3 overall and 1-3 in the SEC.

Obviously, football is a violent, emotional game, and fights are part of the territory. It’ll be interesting to see what, if anything, comes out of the fight.

(Tip o’ the cap: Atlanta Journal-Constitution) 

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4 Responses to “Skirmish breaks about between Georgia, Vandy after game”
  1. southernpatriots says: Oct 16, 2011 12:49 AM

    The SEC is competitive, even Vandy. All teams play to win, and know that any given night, the ball may indeed bounce for them. We know the two coaches are good men and will find a way to settle this as men of good character. It may be much ado about nothing or near nothing.

    Georgia has performed well since their first two games. Blessed with a favorable schedule this year and remaining, they may do very well this season.

    Vandy is doing better, especially defensively, than most would have anticipated. They are a pleasant surprise.

    We wish both coaches and both teams well and a quick resolution to all impasses.

  2. chmba says: Oct 16, 2011 9:08 AM

    Letting the chop blocking go on has been an issue with SEC officials for several years. While Georgia Tech (ACC) is the worst, Auburn was blatant in doing it under Tuberville. Too bad a high class school like Vanderbilt is resorting to this stuff. Glenn Dorsey at LSU was permanently damaged by chop blocking from Auburn several years ago. Come on Mike Slive, do something about this; and, Vanderbilt administration, don’t let your coach drag you down by doing this stuff. By the way, I am not tied to either of these schools, but the illegal blocks were obvious!!!

  3. stairwayto7 says: Oct 16, 2011 10:59 AM

    Typical uneducated SEC coach! You touched my player dang nabbit! Really upset because Vandy players make better moonshine that Georiga players!

  4. tigersgeaux says: Oct 16, 2011 11:46 AM

    As further info is getting out about the incident, it could have been the crack back blocks (illegal) some Vandy players were doing on some Georgia players. If that is the case, the SEC and NCAA need to look at the videos and call the referees in and ask why they did not make the calls. Then they need to discipline the players.

    Crack back blocks are illegal because they can greatly injure a player. This would make coaches for Georgia very upset and would provoke them to confront the coach or coaches of Vandy or respond to them beligerently. This all is still rumor, but it is what I have heard so far which may be an explanation.

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