UPDATED: Georgia NG Kwame Geathers, SS Shawn Williams, Vandy player get half-game suspensions

Geathers

Geathers

As expected, Georgia’s Kwame Geathers and Shawn Williams were handed down half-game suspensions Wednesday for their actions during last Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt. Commodores center Logan Stewart was also levied a half-game suspension in the wake of the Bulldogs’ 33-28 win this past Saturday in Nashville.

The suspensions of the players were based on NCAA rules and handed down by Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive in consultation with the respective schools.

Williams

Williams

“I did have the opportunity to speak to the Commissioner and discuss the incident,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “It’s certainly not representative of the Georgia way. I have always trusted the Commissioner’s judgment and understand and accept the decision. We’ll learn as well as grow from this situation and now turn our attention to preparing for Florida.”

Following is the news release from the SEC, which explains its ruling in each instance:

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Upon review of game tapes of the football game between the University of Georgia and Vanderbilt University, played in Nashville, Tenn. on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive has announced that Vanderbilt sophomore center Logan Stewart, Georgia sophomore defensive lineman Kwame Geathers and Georgia junior defensive back Shawn Williams have been suspended for the first half of their team’s next football games.

Vanderbilt hosts Army this Saturday while Georgia plays Florida in Jacksonville on Oct. 29.

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.”

This action is taken in accordance with Southeastern Conference Constitution, Article 4.4.2 (d), which states that a student-athlete may be suspended if it is determined that the student-athlete has committed a flagrant or unsportsmanlike act.

Geathers, a redshirt sophomore from Georgetown, S.C., has started three games at noseguard for the Bulldogs and alternates regularly with junior John Jenkins. He has seven tackles, a pass break-up and a quarterback pressure.

Williams, a junior from Damascus, has started every game this season, including one at inside linebacker. He is the Bulldogs’ third-leading tackler with 34 and has two interceptions, including one against Vanderbilt this past weekend.

Saturday’s game, clinched by Georgia in the final seconds, was extremely emotional. The night ended with Franklin and Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham a shouting match at midfield. The SEC asked for reports from both schools but about that incident but indicated Wednesday that the is being “handled internally between league office and schools,” spokesman Charles Bloom said.

Here’s video of the hit that resulted in Williams’ suspension:

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– Chip Towers

530 comments Add your comment

dawg258

October 19th, 2011
1:19 pm

Bobby Joe

October 19th, 2011
1:20 pm

First….the SEC is turning into a league for little girls.

db

October 19th, 2011
1:22 pm

Vandy player’s should have been for a whole game. He intentionally clipped Geathers.

Tech Fan

October 19th, 2011
1:23 pm

The Vandy player should have been penalized at least a game. The UGA player reacted to a dirty play and should not have been penalized.

scdawg

October 19th, 2011
1:23 pm

Dbalcer

October 19th, 2011
1:24 pm

I hope the refs get in trouble for their part in this happening.

Harry from da Burn

October 19th, 2011
1:24 pm

Fourth..and its not the SEC turning into girls, ITS THIS BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY!

norris

October 19th, 2011
1:24 pm

What a joke! Yes Kwame did violate a rule but it seems like the SEC turns a blind eye(no pun intended!) when a Florida player tries to gouge out someone’s eye or a Nick Farley late hits anyone he can!

reebok

October 19th, 2011
1:24 pm

Grantham needs to grow up and be a mentor to these kids instead of acting like a punk.

Slive is a clown

October 19th, 2011
1:24 pm

What a joke…FLA had a linebacker, Jon Bostic, take a swing at an Alabama player and the SEC didn’t see fit to suspend him. Slive is running this conference into the ground. Between the cheating and blatant preferential treatment that his office doles out, he will be the undoing of this conference.

And Vandy’s player has to sit against Army while UGA loses 2 starters in an SEC game. Yeah, thats equal.

Indian Dawg

October 19th, 2011
1:24 pm

Absolute horse dung. Notice how Vandy plays a non-conference, while we’ll playing the nemesis of the East. Sure that’s 100% fair. Not.

SSI

October 19th, 2011
1:25 pm

What about Franklin? He started the after game “incident”.

dawg258

October 19th, 2011
1:25 pm

Funny how Auburn didnt get a suspension for the SW hit last year…. what a joke SEC…. regulate it across the board.
UF how much are you paying for this ????????????

outkasted

October 19th, 2011
1:25 pm

ok so now that its over can the ajc finds something else to talk about? its wednesday and this is still being talked about…

Joe

October 19th, 2011
1:25 pm

Here come the HOMERS!
We did nothing wrong, it was justified, they did it worse, blah, blah, blah

AL Dawg

October 19th, 2011
1:25 pm

Hope his Dad can afford to hire a lawyer, blatant attempt to harm, one Retaliatory punch is not a “fight”. Jeez, SEC punishes UGA but never AL or AWburn.

Tom

October 19th, 2011
1:25 pm

db, the suspension is consistent with the haf-game suspension of Ben Jones in 2010, for a similarly malicious clip.

3 + 4 = 0

October 19th, 2011
1:25 pm

I guess that if Geathers had been wiped out by the clip … had busted his knee up, then Stewart wouldn’t have been suspended at all … All the attention was on Geathers and the swing …

The Ghost of Wally Butts

October 19th, 2011
1:25 pm

Hell, where was the SEC Commissioner when Brandon Spikes was gouging eyeballs?

GEORGIA D

October 19th, 2011
1:25 pm

will be on fire after this! GATORS, This was your worst nightmare

tony

October 19th, 2011
1:25 pm

now uga has an excuse when they lose to the gators again this year

NOT SO WELL DONE

October 19th, 2011
1:26 pm

UGA is #386 out of 400. What a joke. No limit on number of bars in Athens. I’m not sure if this is funny.

Ted

October 19th, 2011
1:26 pm

The block on Kwame was beyond dirty. I would have reacted the same way

UGA '05

October 19th, 2011
1:26 pm

This makes me hate Mark Slive. Total B.S!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ryan

October 19th, 2011
1:27 pm

Stay classy UGA. You can’t punch people on the field. Quit trying to defend the indefensible.

AL Dawg

October 19th, 2011
1:27 pm

and why no punishment for the Coach with the “thumbs up”. Jeez

DunwoodyDawg

October 19th, 2011
1:27 pm

I agree with DB. There doesn’t need to be balance here on the punishment SEC. Stewart should be out for a full game. I know this. If the Dawgs get the opportunity to really clock Vandy next year, they should run it up.

Over it Dawg

October 19th, 2011
1:28 pm

The whole system is a sham, from the top down.

King Gator

October 19th, 2011
1:28 pm

Now I can quit asking, I know what Georgia’s excuse will be when they lose to Florida as usual. Does it even count as a fight if it’s with Vandy? Go Gators – continue to dominate the Pups! 18-3, not too shabby!

Ryan

October 19th, 2011
1:29 pm

How can you expect your players to have any discipline when Grantham is your DC?

db

October 19th, 2011
1:29 pm

Tom: Then Geathers should have gotten nothing. My point is they are not equal. One was intentional, one was an emotional reaction.

Mel

October 19th, 2011
1:29 pm

Should have been a full game suspension. Half a game is barely a slap on the wrist. Discipline comes from the top!

Hunting Dawg

October 19th, 2011
1:30 pm

Why don’t we just ban contact football and just play flag football instead? This just way to violent. We can be the follow Goshen College in Indiana which has banned the “The Star Spangled Banner” at all sporting events because school’s president considers the National Anthem’s words to be too violent.

schmeckdawg

October 19th, 2011
1:31 pm

What a f’*&^%$g joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LOL

October 19th, 2011
1:31 pm

Here come the idiotic whiners like Joe

Whaaaaaaa, Whaaaaaa………UGA fans are homers and are mean people…..Whaaaaa, Whaaaaa!

King Gator

October 19th, 2011
1:31 pm

^that’s what she said

Ron Swanson

October 19th, 2011
1:31 pm

47-40. Still on top

DC

October 19th, 2011
1:32 pm

haha 2 game suspension…

ugaDAWG

October 19th, 2011
1:32 pm

SEC: strongest conference on the field in college fooball. SEC: weakest conference in college football in on-the-field and off-the-field officiating. And if they accept Missouri, it may become a joke on the fieid.

7GATOR

October 19th, 2011
1:32 pm

Not sure I see it that way King? it may light a fire under those boys?? We need to get up early for sure.Man I don’t even know if we will have a kicker and that was our only pts last week.Not much to this one this yr but I will be there.Go GATORS!!!

robsc1981

October 19th, 2011
1:32 pm

Here we go….whining about something that happened a couple of years ago, whining about it not being fair……what, no whines about how crappy Richt is as a coach? If these things had been done AGAINST the Dawgs, a whole different story would have emerged or nothing would’ve been said at all. I’m not a big Gator fan, but I can truly say I hope they stomp GA into the turf at the end of this month.

Ralph

October 19th, 2011
1:33 pm

@Ryan…little short on the brain power, eh matey:-)))).

JC

October 19th, 2011
1:33 pm

Unreal….. UGA administrators need to grow some cajones and stand up for their University. Of course that’ll never happen with Adams running the show. Gutless cowards….

Mark Bradley

October 19th, 2011
1:34 pm

Coach Grantham should be fired immediately!!!

Tobias Funke

October 19th, 2011
1:34 pm

This is total BS.

DawgInaTruck

October 19th, 2011
1:34 pm

Based on precedent, this is what I expected. I don’t believe either coach should be punished. A (short) shouting match after a football game? Come on! They will probably both be reprimanded so the SEC can document some kind of action but that should be it.

Nik Fairly

October 19th, 2011
1:35 pm

I didn’t be get suspended 4 nuthin lasts years. Not me or Scam.

Mtn Dawg

October 19th, 2011
1:35 pm

If the refs had been on their game they would have thrown Stewart out of the game right then. It’s bogus for Gearthers to be suspended. Does not instill much confidence in the SEC Constitution. TOTAL BS!!!

Lost Gator Fan

October 19th, 2011
1:36 pm

Is that you John Wayne, is this me?

straitroad

October 19th, 2011
1:37 pm

The SEC and Mike Slive have no credibility. We can all point to countless examples of incidents such as these taking place over the past few years (Brandon Spikes, Cam Newton’s punch on Rambo following a run, too many Fairley hits to list). Slive got caught up in the frenzy created by the two blogger chicks (Bradley and Shultz) at the AJC and reacted to it.