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Georgia, Vandy downplaying last year’s post-game kerfuffle

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Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is no stranger to post-game controversy. In 2010, Grantham was caught on camera making a choking motion with his hands and screaming “You’re gonna ******* choke!” to Florida kicker Chas Henry as he was about to attempt a game-winning field goal. Last year, Grantham and Vanderbilt coach James Franklin exchanged words in a post-game confrontation following a 33-28 win by the Bulldogs.

The incident has not been lost on anyone covering the game. On the contrary, it’s been quite the topic of conversation among beat guys (and gals) heading into this Saturday. But Grantham isn’t playing along, adding that it’s not about him vs. Franklin.

“We’re all competitive people, and things happen, and you learn from it and you move on,” Grantham said about the post-game incident. “You know, make sure you keep the focus on the game, and get ready to play a game on Saturday.”

While Grantham is choosing to keep his head down, Franklin took a more sarcastic approach to handling questions about his opposition.

Yeah, actually our families went on vacation,” Franklin joked earlier this week. “Disneyworld. We were floating in the pool together drinking Mai Tais.”

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3 Responses to “Georgia, Vandy downplaying last year’s post-game kerfuffle”
  1. southernpatriots says: Sep 20, 2012 5:56 AM

    Franklin knew reporters would ask about the incident with Grantham. Incidents like that don’t happen every game between coaches but they do happen more often than most people think.

    It is very competitive in the SEC and becomes heated at times. Good to see Franklin has a sense of humor about it all. Franklin is working hard to bring Vandy back up in football. He has seen his players take some cheap shots (crack back blocks, getting punched in the crotch while on the ground in a pile, etc).

    Vandy is no longer an automatic win. Now to get a similar fire back into Ole Miss and Kentucky. Ole Miss really wants to do something, but they haven’t found the right path yet. Kentucky apparently has made the decision to have a great basketball team and just field a football team. However, the embarrassment vs. Western Kentucky may motivate some administrators and boosters to rethink that matter some.

  2. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 20, 2012 9:25 AM

    Agree with Southernpatriots. I was VERY impressed with how Vandy played against South Carolina in the season opener and they are definitely not an automatic W.

    This isnt the first UGA incident and they have created a rep for bad sportsmanship for themselves in recent years. I hope that changes.

  3. houndofthebaskervols says: Sep 20, 2012 4:39 PM

    Georgia was lucky as hell to win that game last year, Vandy just ran out of time. Will be an interesting matchup if Vandy can get some decent QB play. Rodgers was a huge disappointment.

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