Skirmish breaks about between Georgia, Vandy after game


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) 

Vols ‘very confident there was no inappropriate conduct’ between Butch Jones, player

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 11:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers watches the action during a game against the Chattanooga Mocs at Neyland Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”

Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.

At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August.  The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.

“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”

Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.

Michigan’s keeping ‘fingers crossed’ for leading rusher’s availability

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Michigan played without its leading rusher in Week 5.  The Wolverines are hoping there won’t be a repeat in Week 6.

De'Veon Smith sustained a lower-leg injury in the Week 4 win over BYU and didn’t travel with the team for last Saturday’s win over Maryland.  Smith has been practicing with his teammates throughout the first few days of this week, and head coach Jim Harbaugh is guardedly optimistic that the running back will be available for what’s turned into a huge Big Ten matchup with Northwestern Saturday in the Big House.

“He’s practicing and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he’s going to stay good and be ready to play,” Harbaugh said during a radio appearance Thursday morning. “But we’ll (keep) looking at that every day.”

Despite essentially missing a game and a half, Smith currently leads the Wolverines with 331 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. He’s added four receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown coming out of the backfield the first four games.

Should Smith be unable to go again, the Wolverines have three other backs with at least 100 yards on the ground: Ty Isaac (187, 7.2 yards per carry), Drake Johnson (125, 4.2 ypc) and Derrick Green (100, 3.3 ypc).

In addition to Smith, Harbaugh is hopeful Channing Stribling will be available this weekend as well.  The starting cornerback didn’t play against the Cougars because of injury