Georgia, Vanderbilt coaches discuss postgame skirmish

NASHVILLE – Forget Georgia-Florida, Georgia-Auburn or Georgia-Georgia Tech. The new white-hot rivalry for the Bulldogs may be with Vanderbilt.

Players and coaches had to be separated following the Bulldogs’ hard-fought, emotional 33-28 win. The game wasn’t decided until Vanderbilt tight end Branden Barden of Lincolnton, Ga., was corralled at the Georgia 16-yard line as time expired.

Immediately afterward, a skirmish ensued between the teams that appeared to be mostly yelling and gesturing and little actual physical confrontation. Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was a central figure in the fray.

Grantham pretty much refused to comment directly what went on with Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin at the end of the game. All he would say and kept repeating was, “I love our players. I’m going to stick up for my players. Everybody’s competitive.”

Franklin was a little more telling with his comment: “We just had a tough, emotional game and some things were said that I didn’t think were appropriate. I went to find Coach 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.”

Franklin said he eventually found Richt.

“I explained to him what happened,” Franklin said. “That’s for me and Coach Richt to deal with. Hopefully we’ll learn from that experience. Those things happen.”

Replays after the game show Grantham screaming at Franklin in the middle of the field as the players from both teams stood across opposing lines separated by coaches in the middle.

Grantham was reprimanded by Richt last year when he made the choke sign toward Florida kicker Chaz Henry as he prepared to make a game-tying field goal attempt to send the game into overtime. Henry made the kick and the Gators went on to win.

Georgia was called for three personal foul penalties in Saturday’s game and Richt clearly wasn’t happy with the way his players or his coaches acted at the end of the emotional contest.

“I don’t know exactly what happened. Maybe TV picked it up and we’ll get a better view of what was going on. 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.”

On the fracas between the two teams at the end of the game, Richt said:

“I don’t know for sure what heppened. I’ve heard a couple of different sides of the story. It’s hard to know which one is 100 percent the truth. But the bottom line is when the game is over the game’s over. You shake hands and you be thankful for the victory. Just like at the end of a play. When a play’s over, it’s over. Go to the sideline. We didn’t do a very good job of that at times.

“It was heated. It IS battle. It’s not war with real bullets but it’s a war in a sense and it’s very physical. Tempers do get flared up. I don’t mind our blood getting hot but we have to be able to get excited or maybe even angry but not foul.”

Georgia was penalized 11 times for 89 yards in the game and generally played sloppy and without poise. When the Bulldogs were trying to salt the game away in the fourth quarter, they threw an interception, lost seven yards and had to punt on one possession, and finally had a punt blocked on its last possession.

Georgia senior punter Drew Butler should probably go down as the hero of the game. After the punt was blocked by another Georgia native — wide receiver Udom Umoh of Fort Valley — Butler managed to gather his wits quick enough to haul down Umoh at the 20 after Umoh had scooped up the ball.

After an illegal substitution penalty, the Commodores got off two plays before the game ended. The first was a pass in the end zone that bounced off the hands of receiver Chris Boyd, another Georgia native, from Roswell.

Said Grantham, whose unit gave up 349 yards to Vandy: “The bottom line is we stopped them three times in the fourth quarter when they had a chance to win the game.”

Said Richt: “I think Vanderbilt did a fantastic job. They were inches from winning the ballgame.”

Tailback Isaiah Crowell did not play the entire first quarter. Richt said it was “just a situation where it was a coach’s decision not to play him.”

Crowell. finished with 35 yards on 10 carries. He did not play late in the game because of the wrist injury that has plagued him the last three weeks, according to Richt.

Here’s some video of Coach Franklin’s postgame news conference:

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Dawg Girl

October 16th, 2011
12:00 am

dawgfan

October 16th, 2011
12:00 am

dawgfan

October 16th, 2011
12:01 am

Dang, not first… from what I’ve heard the heated discussion was due to cut/chop blocks throughout the game that Vandy was throwing. Oh well… a win is a win. Take the bye week to get healthy and come up with a game plan to beat the Gators.

Think about it

October 16th, 2011
12:02 am

Six straight weeks of ball especially after a tough night game away will wear down any team. We just saw a depleted, injured and tired Georgia team win. We should be thankful. Give them two weeks to rest up and recover.

the_athenian

October 16th, 2011
12:02 am

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Grant

October 16th, 2011
12:04 am

Wish Grantham would have punch that douche in the face! He was going after a player and any coach that does that deserves to be knocked out!

pdawg

October 16th, 2011
12:04 am

Good win dawgs…..keep it up and beat the gators !!!!! Tech and gator fans, go to bed

Dawg Girl

October 16th, 2011
12:04 am

It’s about time someone on the coaching staff shows some passion. I don’t blame CTG. The Vandy players (OL) were getting cheap shots all night and Franklin deserved to get an earful for it. *sigh* oh well… the game is over. On to the Gators. Thanks for the reporting, Chip.

Puppy puke

October 16th, 2011
12:05 am

That was putrid… You First people are so stupid

Dawg Girl

October 16th, 2011
12:05 am

@dawgfan, Ladies first :)

rational

October 16th, 2011
12:05 am

It doesn’t matter how much you love the kids Todd. You can’t act crazy and justify it with that kind of excuse. You aren’t the first coach to be in that position.

Dawg Cop

October 16th, 2011
12:06 am

Coach..lettme help you with what’s “which one is 100 percent the truth”….the one YOUR TEAM tells you. Back up your coach if you’re a LEADER. I really support you coach but after reading that garbage it sounds like your spineless and won’t back up your players, maybe thats why the team has played like it has…you don’t back them so why should they back you. Thats about the most classless comment I’ve ever seen Coach Richt make.

jtriverdog06

October 16th, 2011
12:06 am

Vandy was playing dirty most of the games. That was one poorly officiated game. Their was multiple clips I seen from Vandy, a helmet to helmet on Murray, as well as some illegal blocks and holds that were not called. A lot of people (coaches, players, and officials) are to blame for all this.

Are you guys stupid?

October 16th, 2011
12:07 am

The Vandy coach NEVER went after a player. He went straight after Grantham for some reason. And the only players cheap shotting out there were Georgia players. Stop crying about the cut blocks, no one saw those but the rabid redneck Georgia fan base. Everyone else saw the personal fouls on Georgia and the punch thrown by Geathers. And everyone else saw your defensive coordinator look like an idiot at the end of the game.

funny...

October 16th, 2011
12:08 am

hey a win is a win.

I think Franklin was mad at Georgia players for the personal fouls, except they were retaliating illegal chop blocks.

Grantham was sticking up for his players.

Now get some rest boys, we have two weeks to get ready for the TWLOCP

funny...

October 16th, 2011
12:08 am

looked like an idiot? Grantham has fire and I love it.

braves fan

October 16th, 2011
12:08 am

We won……kinda……

dawgfan

October 16th, 2011
12:08 am

yeah good for Grantham. My question is how many non-offensive td’s can we give up this season??? Geeeeez it happens every game. Also, Crowell better be ready to go against Fla because he certainly wasn’t today

duronimo

October 16th, 2011
12:09 am

A wacky performance …. another incomplete game. Too many penalties, too much trash talking and way to many field goals. Grantham? I think I’ve been mistaking his “fire” (which I like) for some type of personality disorder.

Are you guys stupid?

October 16th, 2011
12:10 am

I watched the whole game and somehow missed all of the cheap shots by Vandy. And don’t kid yourself, it wasn’t Grantham that went after Franklin. It was the other way around. Thats pretty obvious by watching the tape and through everyone’s comments afterwards.. But its not like there is a high IQ on this blog, so no surprise.

Matthews Dawg

October 16th, 2011
12:10 am

Glad we won…I had about 10 heart attacks!! But, I’ll take it and we’ll take it and get ready for the Gators!

I don’t think we blocked well all night! That and special teams killed us at times IMO!

Go Dawgs and keep winning, because that is all that matters!!

Paul (You doesn't have to call me Johnson)

October 16th, 2011
12:10 am

Georgie’s defense is not as good as reported by the media. This was NOT Alabama that scored 28 points, it was VANDERBILT

Brick

October 16th, 2011
12:10 am

UGA was pretty dirty out there at times…………….Their special teams were pretty bad,but they are lucky they won tonight

BiggdawgK

October 16th, 2011
12:11 am

If Franklin was in a players face that is petty behavior but I’m glad Grantham didn’t punch him. It looked like a shove from either side would have turned into a brawl quickly.

Dawg Cop

October 16th, 2011
12:11 am

@ Are you guys stupid?

…a better name for you would be “Are you blind”…the Vandy coach 100% went to pointing and yelling a UGA player…watch the game before you make ignorant comments.

Bozo N. Richt

October 16th, 2011
12:11 am

pdawg

October 16th, 2011
12:12 am

…as I said, tech and gator fans, go to bed!!!! Most of the bad comments here are from them. ummm….did tech and the gators loose tonite?

Socal Dawg

October 16th, 2011
12:12 am

One of those personal fouls came after there kicker slapped our guy in the face and we got the foul.

brian

October 16th, 2011
12:13 am

Well if we play like that even an underachieving Florida team should handle us. Hope the off week helps us.

BiggdawgK

October 16th, 2011
12:13 am

It only takes about 3 minutes to remember why I quit coming to the ajc boards. Too many moronic kids and bitter geeks.

Jiggy Smaha

October 16th, 2011
12:14 am

We won on the road and swept a double header today…and in heaven Erk Russell was elbowing Bear Bryant and saying “Look at Todd Grantham down there! Georgia’s finally got a defensive coach with some fire!”
Go Dawgs!

fan

October 16th, 2011
12:14 am

So when mushcamp is going crazy on florida’s sidelines (the whole game) it’s called “fire”, but when a Georgia coach gets fired up because he is protecting his player he looks stupid?

Bo

October 16th, 2011
12:14 am

People please stop comparing football to war.

rational

October 16th, 2011
12:19 am

fan, did Muschamp get up in Chiziks face after the game tonight and make himself look like a fool? Getting fired up on the sidelines is one thing. Trying to start a fight after the game is another. He almost started a brawl.

Ernest T Bass

October 16th, 2011
12:19 am

Good for Grantham

A little emotion is what is needed.

Puppy puke

October 16th, 2011
12:20 am

get a clue you silly people…. last time I checked we were playing Vandy…. since when does Grantham need to act like a rabid clown and CMR need to talk about “heated battle” and spew these mindless excuses? Can’t you see what the program has become? Hello, This was VANDY….VANDY! Grantham looked like idiot, now CMR looks like a bigger one with his useless comments.

Billy Johnson

October 16th, 2011
12:20 am

Bo….put on your glasses, who compared football to war??? Another legend in his own trailer park huh “Bo”?

5 Time National Champs Nebraska

October 16th, 2011
12:20 am

Classy…..You never see this at Nebraska.

Rocktown Dawg

October 16th, 2011
12:22 am

Did Saint CMR finally admit he has said a few dirty after some bone head calls from Bobo?? I think Bobo really stunk it up tonight…

kenr

October 16th, 2011
12:22 am

Good for Grantham, glad someone has a pulse up there!

Rocktown Dawg

October 16th, 2011
12:25 am

Hey!!! you gotta like Grantham’s fire…… Martinez would of been hiding under the bench with Bobo…. Bobo u suck … Retard!!!! Driver of the shortbus…

fan

October 16th, 2011
12:25 am

I highly doubt that Grantham would just run out and start yelling at someone. If he did, then I will eat my words and shutup. From what I have seen, the Vandy coach was clearly the instigator.

I still think muschamp is having a seizure everytime i see the fool

Dawg in Cali

October 16th, 2011
12:25 am

a win is a win

SenoiaDawgs

October 16th, 2011
12:25 am

Figures CMR doesn’t know the truth…. That alone should get him fired for not immediately standing up for his players and coaches.

You go CTG and Dawgs!!!!

It was an ugly win but we wouldn’t be complaining if that was the SC game and we won it. Same exact play from our side just different outcome. It’s a miracle to overcome an INT, Converted Fake FG, 2 missed fgs, blocked punt, fake reverse pass for a TD, 2 should have been TD’s and an INT at the 20 and no points.

bigtime

October 16th, 2011
12:26 am

Unbelievable. I would expect a little more class from Richt and the Bulldogs…Fighting with Vandy, LOL.

Rocktown Dawg

October 16th, 2011
12:29 am

Crowell seems to of had some behavior issues tonight…. slinging the ball.. slamming it on the ground… Yes Crowell… you are now officially invited to sit with Murray on the shortbus…. Crowell just ask ur self this… what would Hershel do? Bobo… u suck….

lucky21

October 16th, 2011
12:31 am

Tech fan here I watched the last half and I have to wonder how kwame gathers wasn’t thrown out because on the replay he clearly punched a player who was on the ground. That should be an instant ejection no matter what team or player. It was a boneheaded move and he will be lucky if the sec doesn’t review the play and suspend him like they should.

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Columbus

October 16th, 2011
12:31 am

Florida looked pathetic. Wish UGA would have played them today! They scored how many against the WORST defense in the conference?! UGA can win both games and win the East if they play all out, smart play calling unlike one specific series against Vandy I can think of, and we get our players back. We should be totally healthy against Florida and hopefully Auburn too. Missed Crowell and Mitchell, especially Crowell. Go Dawgs. Finish the drill!

Beans

October 16th, 2011
12:32 am

Grantham is a man. Sportsmanship is for losers and communists. Maybe if Vandy’s O-line didn’t try and tear Geathers ACL because they couldn’t block him straight up, Grantham wouldn’t have had to remind them of their place, sharing the basement with Kentucky.