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UGA, Vandy players, not coaches, suspended by SEC

James Franklin,  Mark Richt

While most of the attention was focused on the postgame dust-up between coaches, it’s the players involved in the contentious and chippy Georgia-Vanderbilt game Saturday that have felt the sanctioning wrath of the SEC.

The conference announced Wednesday afternoon that UGA defensive lineman Kwame Geathers and defensive back Shawn Williams, as well as Vandy center Logan Stewart, have been suspended for their first half of their respective team’s next game.  The Bulldogs face Florida the last Saturday of this month, while the Commodores host Army this weekend.

Here’s a portion of the SEC’s release on the partial suspensions:

Geathers’ action was in violation of NCAA Football Rule 2-32-1-a for fighting. By NCAA Football Rule 9-5-1-b, the penalty for violation of the rule in the second half includes suspension for the first half of the team’s next scheduled game.

On the same play, Stewart’s suspension is the result of a flagrant personal foul which occurred at the 13:09 mark in the fourth quarter. The action is in violation of Rule 9-1 of the NCAA Football Rule Book, which states that a flagrant personal foul offender shall be disqualified.

Williams’ suspension is the result of a flagrant personal foul which occurred at the 2:08 mark in the third quarter. The action is in violation of Rule 9-1-4 of the NCAA Football Rule Book, which reads, “No player shall target and initiate contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, elbow or shoulder.”

Geathers threw a punch at Stewart after the offensive lineman dove into the back of his knees near the end of a play, while Williams was actually called for two personal fouls during the game.  Williams has started every game at safety for the Bulldogs this season, and Geathers has started three.

Additionally, the SEC announced that any punishment for Vandy head coach James Franklin and UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham will be handled internally by the schools.  The two coaches were involved in an on-field verbal “incident” following the Bulldogs win, with both individuals attempting to stand up for their respective players.

Based on the SEC’s lack of action following a peek into the incident, and the words of Mark Richt, it appears both coaches will walk away from the incident relatively unscathed.

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7 Responses to “UGA, Vandy players, not coaches, suspended by SEC”
  1. southernpatriots says: Oct 19, 2011 2:05 PM

    So the players violate NCAA regs and get penalized. Probably justified. The coaches who should be examples, are not good examples but they likely will not be disciplined?

    We hope that is not true. The coaches are to be examples to the students. Coaches are to calm and collected while at times the young men are full of emotion and may act accordingly. There must be a higher standard for coaches.

  2. thompgk says: Oct 19, 2011 2:08 PM

    UGA players starting fights?

    That is unpossible.

  3. gamustangdude says: Oct 19, 2011 2:21 PM

    When was the last time UGA Players were fighting there cool kid with the samrt ass comment?

  4. gamustangdude says: Oct 19, 2011 2:21 PM


  5. gamustangdude says: Oct 19, 2011 2:26 PM

    Not a big issue, I’m sure Non-SEC fans can’t wait to troll on here i.e comment above. However football is a physical sport 99% of players have good sportsmandship, it’s the 1% that get the limelight. As I used to tell my soldiers during a safety briefing.

    Lets I line 10 of you up, walk down that line and shake each of your hand, however slap number 7 in the face. Out of all the hand shakes, what will you remeber the most? The slap. Same thing here. 22 guys on the field can play football the way it’s supposed to play, a couple of guys get our of hand an taint the whole image.


    When was the last time your team had perfect players and no one ever did anything wrong? That’s what I thought. Shit happens, the bumper sticker says so.

  6. mhalt99 says: Oct 19, 2011 2:42 PM

    It is funny how much we overreact to a little dust up and how manny commenters post about everything from the schools to the sport to the………….They make it seem like if you lose your emotions you are some sort of animal.

    Guess they haven’t ever watched a session of the British House of Commons. Even some of our own sessions of the House of Representatives have ended with dust ups. As always it is better to put on a fake face and a great facade then to be yourself and show emotion.

  7. lbijake says: Oct 19, 2011 5:58 PM

    Do they lose a game check also??

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