Grantham should be suspended and fined–now

The University of Georgia, led by President Michael Adams, should run the school’s football program the way it sees best. Dr. Adams delegates that task to his athletics director, Greg McGarity, and his head football coach, Mark Richt.

But if I’m in charge at Georgia, three things would happen today:

 **–Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham will be informed that he’ll be watching Saturday’s game with Idaho State from somewhere other than Sanford Stadium.

**–His wallet will also be considerably lighter because I’m taking a sizable chunk of his $750,000 salary.

**–He would know, in no uncertain terms, that if he ever repeated the behavior in question again and it could be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, he would be fired on the spot.

It took a couple of days to sort out but the facts are no longer in dispute. Grantham, Georgia’s first-year defensive coordinator, did something in the Georgia-Florida game that is so far over the line that it can’t even be debated. He gave a student-athlete from another school, Florida kicker Chas Henry, the choke sign as Henry was preparing to kick the game winning field goal. Grantham was caught in a screen capture and the image went viral in no time at all.  Jeff Schultz showed you the video where Henry told Tracy Wolfson of CBS that coaches on the Georgia sidelines were telling him that he was going to choke.

Since the first posting of this before 8 a.m. it has come to my attention that there was some taunting going on from both sides. In other words, Grantham was provoked and lost his cool. In other words, he took the bait.

Okay. It has been duly noted. Every story has has two sides. I got it. 

Still, this is totally unacceptable on any level. And I don’t want to hear this “heat of competition” crap from anybody. I don’t care how intense a game is. A coach does not attempt to intimidate a student-athlete from another school. You don’t do it. Period. I don’t care what the other side is doing.

This not about competition or the intensity of the Georgia-Florida rivalry. This is about the adults in charge acting like adults. Georgia fans complain to me all the time that they think Mark Richt’s program doesn’t have enough discipline. If the adults can’t control themselves how in the hell do we expect the players to do it?

Now in fairness I have to say that I have yet to meet Todd Grantham. He may well be a perfectly fine fellow. I hear that he is. His defense is starting to play better. They might play better still if he would concentrate on coaching them instead of trying to harrass players from another team.

This is unacceptable and embarrassing for the University of Georgia. Grantham said Tuesday wants to “move on.” I’m sure he does because he knows he screwed up big time.

But before Mr. Grantham moves on he is going to apologize to Chas Henry and apologize to the University of Florida. Then he’s going to apologize to the University of Georgia for embarrassing the institution on a national stage.

Then he will accept a one-game suspension and a fine and keep his mouth shut.

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Bubba

November 3rd, 2010
12:01 pm

If the kicker was not white this would have been a hate crime.

Rick

November 3rd, 2010
12:02 pm

gdawginkalamazoo,

Yeah – too bad none of the posts are about football!
Maybe UGA really is lower tier now.

UF

November 3rd, 2010
12:02 pm

The Rainey story has been bashed and publicized over and over again. Whether he should of played or not, why even bring it up in this story? It’s a completely different topic, this is about a coach from UGA doing something he shouldn’t have towards an opposing player. Could you ever see Mark Richt doing this? Nick Saban? Bill Belicheck? NO! Both teams have players that play dirty in a rivalry. Spikes was wrong for gauging last year and your defender was wrong for elbowing Omarius Hines in the head this year. Its not right for players to do these things but it goes both ways. A coach can’t always control a players actions but they can control their own to set the example. Maybe UGA fans need to dwell on the Rainey story to forget Grantham’s mistake, 34 -31, and 18 of 21

Mobile Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:02 pm

I agree with what Tony wrote wholeheartedly. For those of you questioning his reasoning for writing it, he dances with a national circle of media doing the same thing. He was called out by Paul Finebaum yesterday on the national stage for being an “AJC and UGA Homer” for his article supporting CMR return to Athens.

This was his volley back at them that he can also be “unbiased” in his criticism of UGA making his opinions once again relevant on the national scene. Does this make sense to any of you as to his motive in writing this article?

gabuldawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:03 pm

Tony, I have officially quit reading your columns… Your an idiot. What would you like him to do? Cheer him on? You guys are blowing this out of proportion. Maybe the AJC just wants to get rid of the entire Georgia football program. Are you looking for a coaching job. How about reporting stories that matter. I guess it really doesn’t matter. I won’t be reading your crap anymore.

Agree

November 3rd, 2010
12:03 pm

WATERGIRL and Aqua MAN swimming

StatesBurr

November 3rd, 2010
12:04 pm

IF you have ever been to a College Football game and have seen what and how opposing fans say and act towards players, coaches other fans then you realize how idiotic a piece this is by TB. Of course TB you can’t see or hear this from the press lounges….. What a weak a _ _ article!!!!

Richard Cranium

November 3rd, 2010
12:04 pm

I DIDN’T MEAN TO SHOOT THAT GUY – I JUST GOT CAUGHT UP IN THE MOMENT.

Seriously

November 3rd, 2010
12:05 pm

OMG…SHUT UP!!!

give me a break TB

November 3rd, 2010
12:05 pm

g8r grad, seriously????? professionalism??? CUM is the king of that huh? oh dear GOD! you live in a fantasy world. unlike my friends who actually graduated from UF, you do not agree with their sentiments! they loved it! you know why? because that’s what they’re used to seeing & hearing from their (your) side. so yes, tb’s column is nothing but pc b.s. and i and many others are over it!!!

Agree

November 3rd, 2010
12:05 pm

Can someone throw in the “race card” here? I want to see all angles.

JNitro

November 3rd, 2010
12:05 pm

Your boss should prob do similar to you for writing this stupid “article”

Not a GT or UGA fan

November 3rd, 2010
12:06 pm

Mr. Barnhart, thanks for upholding a reasonable standard of sportsmanlike conduct. The only thing worse than losing is losing like that. The players need a better example. And I think Chris Rainey should never set foot on a football field at the University of Florida again, but that has nothing to do with Grantham’s behavior.

"MissitDanny"

November 3rd, 2010
12:06 pm

I’m with those who say it is an embarassment to the UGA program and its head coach and AD. It should not have happened and those who attempt to justify it in any way (e.g. “we need more ‘a-holes’ in our program”; “why did the kicker look at the UGA sideline?”; or “Rainey threatens to kill his girlfriend and he plays.”) are sadly missing the point and exactly why so often Georgia fans in general are looked at as overly obnoxious and “blindly loyal”! The real question here is: “Is this action or behavior what you would have wanted an opposing COACH (not a player) to do to your collegiatley competing SON or DAUGHTER (regardless of the sport)? In other words: “Would you feel the same way and do all this “justifying” were it to have been done to your son or daughter and IF you say “yes”…then I’d feel awfully sorry for your kid!

Coach G needs to apologize and Coach R and AD McG need to REQUIRE a public apology at the MINIMUM…public misbehavior needs public apology…sorry but we make the athletes themselves do it…why not the Coaches too! TB…YOU GOT IT RIGHT!!

Bremen Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:07 pm

Oh shut up, we finally have a coach with some fire in him. These are grown men in college and you (media) is acting like they are children. There was smack talked the whole game and the media is making a big deal out of it.

Joe

November 3rd, 2010
12:07 pm

BARNHART belongs in a Sorority house where only primadonas frolic and do stuff to selves. BARNHART needs to become a referee so that he can apply those rules on the field and not on paper. BARHART is a MORON.

Bubba

November 3rd, 2010
12:07 pm

Coach should have choked crybaby Myer. that would have been funny

Top Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:07 pm

So how do you feel about the situation, Tony?

randy

November 3rd, 2010
12:08 pm

all you sports writers have nothing to write about, all you want to do is put every school down, why don’t you go and write about men killing deer standing still in a field, that’s a hell of a sport

Mobile Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:09 pm

Bubba, that was completely insensitive and politically incorrect, but I have to admit I chuckled….

You all have a good day, it’s pouring rain, I’m stuck in the office, and have to this point avoided my responsibilities today. I will check in now and then to see if sanity has returned. Thanks you to all who voted yesterday. Maybe we can begin to restore some sanity to our government also.

Stacey Conaway

November 3rd, 2010
12:09 pm

So what? What’s the big deal? What’s the difference between yelling, “Miss it” and the choke sign? The entire rest of the S.E.C. wanted him to miss it, too. Now we know to make the choke sign, too, while we’re screaming, “Miss it!”. Can the players, coaches and fans not do anything anymore to support our teams? What if we all just stayed home and watched it on TV so we don’t offend anybody?

Bubba

November 3rd, 2010
12:10 pm

I think Coach was doing that to Rainy’s girlfriend

Richard Cranium

November 3rd, 2010
12:10 pm

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY – UGA HAS NONE.

schmeckdawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:10 pm

Go put your little pink dress on Barnhart. Suspended and fined, good god man. Even Bobby Bowden on 680 The Fan this morning said it was no big deal. And for that bible thumper to put the cabash on this should tell you how big of a deal it is. If Grantham should apologize to anyone, it should be us fans. When he took this job, he came out and said, “that ke know who the fans want to beat.” Well, we haven’t beaten any of them ecept for a crappy Tin hu c team. I am much more upset about losing to South Carolina and Florida than I am Grantham being super competitive in what could have been a huge game for us to win. I never knew you were such a little girl!

Patrick Hutchenson

November 3rd, 2010
12:10 pm

Get a life, you are an idiot, sports are about emotion, you should be writing about little kids playing soccer in church leagues, were they don’t keep score and theirs no losers. Everything doesn’t have to be politically correct. I, like so many other fans were hoping he choked as well, that’s the purpose of icing the kicker. AJC should fire you’re a$$ for being a winy b@tch. You should be covering The Southern Womens Show or a Home & Gardening Show It fits you better. Maybe Pride week in Midtown that fits you.

FalconsXDawgs

November 3rd, 2010
12:11 pm

Tony, You are on Crack Cocaine! The guy did NOTHING wrong.. Everyone, except for Florida fans were giving the choke sign to that kid! You are a joke and you just lost my respect and should NO LONGER be named Mr. CFB.. You should be fined for writing that article.. how about someone takes a sizeable chunk out of your $200,000 salary. Your new nick name is Mr. Pansy!

Brant Davis

November 3rd, 2010
12:11 pm

Tony, you’re a moron!

schmeckdawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:12 pm

A couple typos in my rant! Oh well, I guess I’ll be suspended from work and have a sizeable chunk taken out of my paltry pay.

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
12:12 pm

All I’m saying is that it’s football and things are said and done in the heat of the moment sometimes…and not just at uga. If bama and florida think they are on some moral high ground now…well ok then.

Who said that? I’m just suggesting that this is highly atypical behavior from any coach.

jackyldo

November 3rd, 2010
12:12 pm

Like this has not happened in every sport from little league on up.
Next you won’t want baseball chatter hey batter batter,,,, swing.

Everyone associated with Georgia wanted the kid to choke and half of us were hexxing him over the TV.

Grantham was one who got caught on TV.. Florida won — move on ..

fan48

November 3rd, 2010
12:14 pm

Why would you cause him to want to leave Georgia? They had to beg him to come there. And, it was great to see someone on the sidelines who had some fight. Ole prima donna just walks around with his earphones, looking cool and all together, while his team, (if you can call it that) is getting run over because him, and a stupid coach he won’t fire.

Dawg-o-crites

November 3rd, 2010
12:15 pm

You call out TB for being a UGA homer, and when TB calls out UGA you tell him to move on. Hypocrites all………….so sorry………………….so sad.

Gen Neyland

November 3rd, 2010
12:15 pm

zoodawg : 1 questions, 2 statements and a donut : Gotta ask, how does the WCHA shape up this year..? Gallopin’ Gophers scoring but being scored on as well…Noticed MN-Duluth is skating well early…You hear Fulmer is, er, wondering aloud about a job at the U of Minnesota…? Mascot maybe. He’d look good in that Goldie Gopher headgear.

Red Clay Hound

November 3rd, 2010
12:15 pm

Lighten up Francis, I mean Tony! The media blows everything out of proportion just to have a story.

UGA=Yawn

November 3rd, 2010
12:16 pm

UGA is sad and yes. . . . so boring (YAWN). Their coaches? Hideous and hilarious. The class line is drawn and it is GT !!!

SECWasteManagement

November 3rd, 2010
12:16 pm

Barnhart wanted Pelosi to remain speaker of the house.

Richard Cranium

November 3rd, 2010
12:17 pm

Actually, the fact that UGAger’s need to be told the difference between yelling, “Miss it” and giving the “choke sign” says it all…..

If it’s possible, I have even LESS respect for UGA than I had before. Now it’s less than 0%.

schmeckdawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:17 pm

Patrick Hutchenson, FalconsXDawgs & Brant Davis…you guys are awesome! After reading this crap from “Mrs. College Football,” I almost went out and bought him a box of maxi-pads. Maybe should get him some Preparation-H too so that he can get the swelling under his eyes down from all of the crying he is doing over trying to freak out a kicker! I am begging ya!

Soulja Boy

November 3rd, 2010
12:18 pm

Appropriate behavior by Grantham in the “Gangsta Bowl.”

StatesBurr

November 3rd, 2010
12:18 pm

Mr. College Football?? Yea, Right… Maybe your too starched shirt, silk tie and Johnston and Murphy wingtips have cut off the bloodflow… Its football, not the country club …

G8R GRAD

November 3rd, 2010
12:19 pm

give me a break TB:

Again, this blog is not about Coach Meyer, the UF players or the UF administration, it is about the idiotic behavior of your number two coach.
Why can’t you just admit that he screwed up and needs to apopolgize for failing his head coach, players and the Bulldog faithful?

schmeckdawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:19 pm

Gee Richard Cranium (appropriate name by the way) I hope I lose a lot of sleep over your comments.

StatesBurr

November 3rd, 2010
12:20 pm

Richard Cranium: Who cares what you think with your swollen forehead….

Charlottedawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:20 pm

Tony, I’ve got a suggestion…..how about in the most important moment of your short football career (previously as a punter…Chas Henry)…..you actually focus on kicking as opposed to watching the other teams’ sideline…..to be honest….short of running on the field and grabbing the guy….I think coaches should be able to do whatever they want to try and distract opposing teams…..give me a break….it’s a sport where you try and knock out the opposing players and you want to suspend a coach for yelling “choke” at a kicker? You do realize that it’s a “symbol” for missing the kick….he didn’t actually want Henry to choke.

I usually respect you and your writing….but this borders on insanity. Why not show the clip where Tavarres King almost gets his head knocked off by a FL player after the OT interception? The Gators should’ve been penalized 15 yards in OT, putting them out of field goal range….but no one is critiquing that video after the fact….I’m so sick of media members (especially UGA supposed supporters) blowing all of this stuff WAY out of proportion.

It’s a joke and I don’t even need to get into the Chris Rainey situation which is a far greater insult to College Coaching than Grantham’s act.

mgdawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:21 pm

He wasn’t telling the kicker “I’m going to choke you” he was signaling him to choke and miss the kick. It’s not like he told him “I’m going to kill you” that’s what florida players tell people and still play.

Vol4ever

November 3rd, 2010
12:21 pm

Political correctness has gone way too far. It was part of the game, Georgia’s coach did NOTHING wrong. What a bunch of wussies this country is coming to.

Richard Cranium

November 3rd, 2010
12:21 pm

UGA might make it to the “Gangsta Bowl”…. Grantham would fit right in.

StatesBurr

November 3rd, 2010
12:22 pm

G8R GRAD: ahhhh, cute name.. Is that you Tony?

Who Cares Anymore

November 3rd, 2010
12:22 pm

I can’t take anymore bad news from this once stellar football program. I am shifting my allegiance to Tech—at least there isn’t any crap news coming out of their program–UGH instead of UGA

schmeckdawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:22 pm

How do we know that Grantham didn’t swallow a piece of gum and it went down the wrong way and he was signaling that he in fact was choking? Ever think about that Mrs. College Football!