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SEC looking into Franklin-Grantham postgame brouhaha

James Franklin,  Mark Richt

As you have no doubt heard by now, Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin and Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham were involved in an “incident” following UGA’s win Saturday.

Based on Mark Richt‘s words Sunday, there seems to be no punishment in the offing for Grantham from the school.  Whether the SEC decides to take action against the two men is another matter entirely.

UGA athletic director Greg McGarity told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Monday that the SEC is currently in the process of reviewing the incident.  Both schools are expected to submit a written report to the conference, at which point the league will decide what if any action should be taken.

“I spoke with the Commissioner earlier today and they are in a sort of [in a] fact-finding process now,” McGarity said. “We’ll submit a report either verbal or in writing. I’m sure Vandy will do the same and then, basically, we’ll see what happens at that point in time.”

The SEC confirmed that “[t]he conference office is gathering information from all parties about the incident” and that a response might be issued on Tuesday.

McGarity said he discussed the incident over the phone with Richt yesterday and face-to-face with Grantham this morning.  In a statement to the Journal-Constitution, Grantham stopped short of apologizing for his role in the confrontation.

“First of all, I love my players and appreciate their hard work and investment in our program,” Grantham said. “I feel a responsibility and loyalty to protect and stand up for them. However, I feel it’s important to educate them in all areas of life. While my intentions were genuine, I feel it was unfortunate that things escalated to a confrontation. However, I’ll use it as a learning experience for my self as well as my players so that we all become better men.”

This is the second time in two years Grantham has made a public spectacle of himself.  Last year, his first season as the Bulldogs’ coordinator, Grantham was caught on camera making a choking motion with his hands and screaming “You’re gonna ******* choke! You’re gonna choke!” at Florida kicker Chas Henry as he was about to attempt a game-winning field goal.

Grantham was not subject to sanctions by the conference for that incident.

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17 Responses to “SEC looking into Franklin-Grantham postgame brouhaha”
  1. paulbrownsrevenge says: Oct 17, 2011 12:45 PM

    Keeping it classy between the hedges. I feel bad for Richt sometimes.

  2. BrownsTown says: Oct 17, 2011 12:51 PM

    Grantham is the same guy that reportedly tried to undermine Romeo Crennel for his own advantage when he was on the hot seat in Cleveland.

    What a guy.

  3. ugabugkiller says: Oct 17, 2011 12:52 PM

    I know, because of what happened last year, it’s hard to give TG the benefit of the doubt, but what ACTUALLY happened was, Franklin went after one of OUR players, #36, Williams, and was screaming at him… so TG told Franklin to back the eff off, and Franklin continued his screaming at TG.

    FRANKLIN was the instigator of the incident.

    NOT Grantham.

    Franklin’s team used cut blocks the whole game, some of which were actually chop blocks not called by the refs (this is why UGA players starting getting PF flags late in the game).

    Williams, went after a Vandy receiver b/c of the cheap play of Vandy’s O-line, and Franklin went after Williams AFTER the game.

    Grantham saw Franklin tear into his kid, and went off on Franklin. And instead of backing off, Franklin ESCALATED the issue.

    THAT is what happened.

  4. Romulus says: Oct 17, 2011 1:10 PM

    UGA=Dirtiest,Classless team in SEC

  5. ugabugkiller says: Oct 17, 2011 1:12 PM

    Dirtiest team, really?

    Last time I checked, Georgia doesn’t cut (chop) block other players.

    Vandy and Auburn, do.

    You get on a football field and have someone take you out at the knees, putting your career and life in jeopardy, and see how YOU respond, Romulus.


  6. southernpatriots says: Oct 17, 2011 1:14 PM

    ugabugkiller: The SEC is looking into the game and incidents. Will they find that chop blocks that were not called as one provoking factor? If you have any evidence, please communicate with the SEC offices in Birmingham. If they are really looking for a provoking or instigating factor this could be one.

  7. ugabugkiller says: Oct 17, 2011 1:17 PM

    I watched the game, as did everyone else.

    There was one cut block that was clearly a chop that wasn’t called.

    There was several others that were borderline, like the one that took Geathers down.

    The fact is, FRANKLIN is the man who instigated the melee or issue, or whatever. He went after one of our players, and TG then DEFENDED that player, only to have Franklin curse at HIM.

    This will all come out.

  8. southernpatriots says: Oct 17, 2011 1:25 PM

    ugabugkiller: We were unable too see the whole game due to Neighborhood Watch business. We really want this chop blocking to be identified and dealt with by the SEC or someone. That has really injured players, even great athletes, in the past and can again if they don’t deal with it. Players know when this is happening to them, though it is too late to have prevented it.

  9. patbocam says: Oct 17, 2011 1:41 PM

    @ ugabugkiller, keep auburn out of this. Feel free to defend your school and program but as soon as you start throwing mud at others who aren’t even involved in this crap made you sound ignorant and petty.

  10. wvuandsteelers says: Oct 17, 2011 1:59 PM

    Well, at least he didn’t get pulled over by the cops and have a pair of panties between his legs.

  11. chmba says: Oct 17, 2011 2:14 PM


    Auburn was notorious for chop blocking when Tuberville was there; I don’t believe Chizik does that sort of thing.

    Vanderbilt was doing it and if anyone can look back at the Vandy – Ole Miss game I think you will see Vandy doing it there and they didn’t even need to because Rebels are so bad.

    I don’t have a “dog” (bulldog or otherwise) in this hunt but this kind of blocking needs to stop and the SEC has been unwilling to deal with it to date.

    Romeo Crennel did not need anyone to undermine him at Cleveland; he was perfectly capable of doing it to himself. Now he is just another bad coach for bad Chiefs team.

    Vanderbilt is too classy a school to keep Franklin around. Richt is a high class guy as far as I can tell but someone needs to stand up to the Franklins and Tubervilles of the profession. Franklin did instigate this at the end of the game.

  12. noaxetogrind says: Oct 17, 2011 2:18 PM

    ugabugkiller, I don’t know if you are confused or just using the term cut and chop as one in the same. Cut blocks are perfectly legal as long as they don’t occur outside the box by a player coming outside in. All other cut blocks are legal, You may want to watch Georgia Tech play some time, they average about 72 of them a game. Chop blocks as defined by the NCAA occur when a player is engaged high and a second player comes and blocks him anywhere below the waist. These are clearly illegal and called as personal fouls when seen. Your assertion that some teams do them more than others is either childish or your part or shows your lack of knowledge about football. I assure you no coach is teaching his players to chop block as the overwhelming amount of time the umpire sees it and calls it. Do they miss some, sure they do, but that is the exception not the rule. I don’t know who started the ruckus at Vandy, it really doesn’t matter. Both men acted inappropriately for leaders charged with setting examples. When you talk about “he started it”, I hope you will admit that is rather juvenile sounding. I have no idea if the SEC will do anything but I feel reasonbly assured knowing Mark Richt for as long as I have that he will not be pleased with Grantham’s actions especially considering his prior record.

  13. dee6634 says: Oct 17, 2011 3:01 PM

    #36 acted like a punk all night long. At the end of the game, he turned tail and ran away from Franklin because he’s a punk and didn’t want to answer for his earlier actions. This “a coach shouldn’t talk to one of the other team’s players” is BS. You come taunt and show your *** like he did all night long, you better man up and answer to it. He obviously hasn’t been housebroken yet.

    I find it interesting that the Georgia fans only want to talk about Grantham and Franklin. The actions and behavior of the player should be a total embarrassment to you, your team and your coaches. Unfortunately, he plays for a DC that seems to condone punk behavior and a head coach that is under too much pressure to actually care.

    Instead, the uga fans just like Grantham’s “fire”.


  14. Deb says: Oct 17, 2011 3:33 PM

    Schwartz and Harbaugh, Grantham and Franklin. Gee, coaches … can’t we all just get along?

  15. hoose76 says: Oct 17, 2011 6:25 PM

    ugabugkiller is dead on with what happened. They were cut blocking “outside” the tackle box. The incident was provoked by FRANKLIN, unfortuntely you couldn’t read his lips because the camera was at his back. However, you can clearly see Grantham was just walking across the field & Franklin was pointng & yelling at #36. One last thought, if the league is looking into this surely they would look into the Muschamp explosion that occured during Auburn game. You can hear Muschamp cussing at SEC officials, also in their face.

  16. joerevs300 says: Oct 17, 2011 7:21 PM

    If this incident was really so bad, especially on Grantham’s side (and, when coupled with what happened last year) why wouldn’t Georgia just send the anger management challenged coach elsewhere? It’s not like, you know, Georgia’s done anything POSITIVE with him there.

  17. radnt says: Oct 17, 2011 10:00 PM


    I want what your smokin’. BOTH teams were chippin’ at each other ALL NIGHT. I am a UGA fan, and am not embarrassed in any way, and shouldn’t be. Your so-called “punk behavior” #36, Shaun Williams, defended a teammate who just took a cheap shot from a Vandy player. I would hope any teammate would defend me like that. The same is said for Grantham. As for walking away from the opposing coach, why wouldn’t the smart thing be to turn and walk away from coach who is losing his cool?

    Thank you.

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