Vanderbilt’s James Franklin insists there’s no bad blood with Georgia

Vanderbilt coach James Franklin didn’t bite when asked by a reporter to comment on the “bad blood” between the Commodores and Georgia.

Franklin and Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham had to be restrained from fighting following the Bulldogs’ narrow 33-28 win in Nashville last October.

“We have tremendous respect for all the programs in the conference, all the coaches, all the players,” Franklin said. “Our focus is on South Carolina. That’s who we’re opening the season with and that’s all we’re really going to talk about. . . .

“I will tell you this: You play Vanderbilt, you better be ready to play from the beginning of the game to the end. That’s whoever it is.”

The Commodores return 17 starters from last year’s 6-7 team, which lost to Cincinnati in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. They open the season against South Carolina in Nashville on Aug. 30 in a Thursday night game televised on ESPN.

teresting to see in August how he’s throwing accuracy wise as he’s throwing over and over.”

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I dropped my fried Twinkie

July 17th, 2012
7:09 pm

2 years ago UGa fans were mad at Auburn. Last year it was Vandy. Next year will UGa be upset at Ga Southern? Really moving up in picking Tuff Villains to hate on.

Bill

July 17th, 2012
7:19 pm

Looks as if the administration at Vandy has spoken with Mr. Franklin. Here’s a wild concept: SUPPORT THE UGA BULLDOGS!!!!!!!!!!! Haters, move on!!!!!

Who Me?

July 17th, 2012
7:20 pm

non-event. why is it even on this website?? old news that can be rehashed I guess…

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

July 17th, 2012
7:23 pm

Hopefully we will run up the score on Vandy this year

Oh wait; I forgot our coaching staff loves to take their foot off the gas during a lead and allows teams back into ball games

;)

Cowboy Petersen

July 17th, 2012
7:28 pm

Grantham got a raise and goes back as assistant head coach. Still, he is classless.

Kerryb

July 17th, 2012
7:33 pm

I dropped my fried Twinkie

July 17th, 2012
7:09 pm

2 years ago UGa fans were mad at Auburn. Last year it was Vandy. Next year will UGa be upset at Ga Southern? Really moving up in picking Tuff Villains to hate on.

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Hey nimod. I believe the question was “does Vandy have bad blood with UGA?” UGa fans are not upset at Vandy. Now go crawl under your rock.

Game Changer

July 17th, 2012
7:36 pm

@chip towers

new day — same question

what is the status of j jenkins elgibilty for 2012 season?

Game Changer

July 17th, 2012
7:39 pm

Vandy ran right by our lineman and over our linebackers. This was the game that I saw how weak our linebackers were in head up tackling. Never seen a group of UGA linebackers run over like that ever.

I dropped my fried Twinkie

July 17th, 2012
7:40 pm

kerryb right.
Everybody hates the Dawgs and their trash talking players. Richt may have class but he sure doesn’t force his players to play with class. Running their mouth to the other teams bench is real classy.

Kerryb

July 17th, 2012
7:41 pm

Gum Chewer, quit saying “our”. You are no Dawg fan. You are a Tech moron.

Kerryb

July 17th, 2012
7:42 pm

Everyone must be worried about the Dawgs. A post that remotely mentions anything about the Dawgs brings out all the haters. Well haters, you can kiss our rosy red a**. WE could care less about your nimrod posting.

Delbert D.

July 17th, 2012
7:48 pm

I think that it is personal with Franklin and Grantham. Franklin may have been aware of the Grantham choke incident with Florida, so he was perceived to be a serial offender. That is not a fact, merely conjecture on my part. Or, maybe they are both raving maniacs.

Delbert D.

July 17th, 2012
7:53 pm

On the flip side, let’s speak of love. Given what has transpired at Penn State, if a certain coach grabs a player who has just caught his first TD pass by the helmet with both hands and says, “I love you”, that player may decide to jump into the stands and look for the nearest cop.

OrlandoDawg

July 17th, 2012
8:33 pm

@Cowboy Petersen…CTG has more class in his pinky than you do in your pea sized brain! Take no prisoners CTG, You are the envy of all these haters! I love it!!! Go UGA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cdpridg

July 17th, 2012
8:35 pm

Kerryb….i like that rosy red statement….always fun putting tech dweebs where they belong when they have no business in an internet convo….I say internet because I have never met ..seen..or heard a tech fan talk trash in public….hard enough just to see one period here in metro Atl

Worm

July 17th, 2012
8:41 pm

Franklin is nothing more than a fly on Secretariat’s A$$!..
BTW-We had an axe to gind with Auburn over Nick Fairley and the result was 45-7.

KJ

July 17th, 2012
8:41 pm

“Everybody hates the Dawgs and their trash talking players.”

LOL, another re-re who assumes everyone obsesses about UGA as much as he does. Sorry kid, it’s just not true.

Is that pudgy ginger lineman that kept starting stuff still on the team? He needs to be taught a lesson, for sure.

I dropped my fried twinkie

July 17th, 2012
8:53 pm

worm you had an ax to grind over Fairley? Haha UGa was the Aggressor in that game from the start. Fairley just gave the mutts some of their own medicine.
Nice to see the SEC uphold their own rules about suspending players for leaving the bench to go on the field during a fight.
SEC what a JOKE!

flo-ri-duh

July 17th, 2012
8:57 pm

Would love to see Vandy beat Spurrier by one point in triple overtime this year.

Worm

July 17th, 2012
8:59 pm

Twinkie-Doubt you watched the game?..Enjoy the Joke by Coke with 28,000 of your closest friends..
BTW-Might wanta’ pack some heat-Beware the “hoodie”!

Dawg '88

July 17th, 2012
9:03 pm

There is bad blood. Look forward to handing them their heads this season.

Dawg '88

July 17th, 2012
9:04 pm

Forgot….Vandy is dirty, Franklin encourages it and Franklin is a jerk. See his comments about his own assistants are hired based in part on what his wife is like. Jerk.

I dropped my fried Twinkie

July 17th, 2012
9:04 pm

yes worm I saw it. UGa cam out running their mouths to the Auburn players and bench. UGa got the first of a few 15 yard personal foul penalties. UGa started and Fairley just gave it back.

I dropped my fried Twinkie

July 17th, 2012
9:06 pm

Dawg 88 and NOBODY ever hires based on looks.
how exactly how is Franklin different from Grantham?

I dropped my fried Twinkie

July 17th, 2012
9:11 pm

Funny not many talking on the Mizzou blog. I guess not wanting to run your mouths until you see how many Dawgs will be suspended for the game.

Score Check

July 17th, 2012
9:14 pm

CJF reminds me of CPJ – Both are big blow-hards with a chip on their shoulder.

Dropped my ....

July 17th, 2012
9:15 pm

who even knew there was a Mizzou blog… wow. you really are a troll.

KJ

July 17th, 2012
9:16 pm

I have no idea where the Mizzou blog even is. I only follow my own team, not obsess about other teams like some brokedck loser. Funny how that works.

BigDawg

July 17th, 2012
9:19 pm

He ran from CTG and whined about it to Mark Richt, waaaaa!

BigDawg

July 17th, 2012
9:23 pm

What a man, no, I mean what a p……

I dropped my fried Twinkie

July 17th, 2012
9:26 pm

Dropped my ….
July 17th, 2012
9:15 pm

who even knew there was a Mizzou blog… wow. you really are a troll.
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Hey MORON it is an article/blog posted on the AJC before this Franklin Blog.

http://blogs.ajc.com/uga-sports-blog/2012/07/17/missouri-tigers-expect-electric-atmophere-when-georgia-comes-to-the-zoo/

I love this time of year

July 17th, 2012
9:48 pm

Grantham is a serial stupid and classless offender. A man woulda jerked a knot in 36s @ss not defened him. Punks r always gonna be punks. Willie Martinez was not a good dc, but he wasn’t an embarrassment

Dropped my ....

July 17th, 2012
9:52 pm

oh yeah. sorry — I see you got a “first”. sweet. must’ve just seen it pop up.

how was that other blog? Did you post 68% of the comment’s as well? Guess it got lame.

I’m just glad you wrote a comment with ALL CAPS so we could tell how serious you were.

doucher.

Dropped my ....

July 17th, 2012
9:55 pm

oh yeah. sorry.. I should have noticed from your “first” (I’m sooo cool) post that you obviously had nothing better to do than hang out of back-to-back blogs. Truly. Mty bad.

Did you also post 68% of the comments there as well? Bet that wasn’t very lame.

See you November 28th nerd.

Dropped my ....

July 17th, 2012
9:56 pm

you get the jist… I guess I just don’t know how to work this er’ thing here

sorry other people.

I dropped my fried Twinkie

July 17th, 2012
9:57 pm

I didn’t get the first post.
Chip was posting articles all day you idiot. When there was a new speaker Chip wrote about them.

I dropped my fried Twinkie

July 17th, 2012
10:03 pm

Purdue has dismissed cornerback Sean Collins after he was arrested over the weekend outside a bar on preliminary charges of public intoxication, resisting arrest and battery.

Boy Purdue isn’t a SEC school for sure.

AlathamaDawg

July 17th, 2012
10:05 pm

That kerryb is one angry chick.

bitter spoiled recruit

July 17th, 2012
10:08 pm

Check out the missouri coach’s comment about having played in a good league, Friend welcome

to the SEC——–SOUTH EASTERN CONFERANCE FOOTBALL—–Last year a good friend in

—springfield mo., INTRODUCED me to his Naibor who is a dye heart mizzo fan

This guy hated the idea of this change of conferance. I welcome him to the SEC with a southern

— smile and a hand shake, he seemed over-taken by the friendly nature from a strangerI

who supported georgia. I do fill he has mistaken kindness for weakness.

Mizzo supporters and texas a/m folks also will be greated by some serious BEAT DOWNS!!

STEVE SPURRIER——SAID IT BEST WHEN HE SAID TODAY—-I CANT WAIT TO PLAY THE

NEW GUYS————–This season will go down in history for these two teams as a year of

learning from the SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS——-JUST THE WAY IT IS NEW FOLKS

bamma will kill A/M BY 40 POINTS————DAWGS WIN BY 16

Fred Flintstone

July 17th, 2012
10:24 pm

Words for the day. “He who laugh’s last, laugh’s last last”….

Twinkie drops his soap

July 17th, 2012
10:25 pm

Yeah Twinkie it is a blog listed trough the AJC! Where’d you go to find it? ON THE UGA PAGE!! Still a troll jackass!

Jim

July 17th, 2012
10:29 pm

Vandy had better be ready to play UGA or they will get blown out very early. I think UGA is still pretty sore about last years game both in their own performance, which was disappointing, as well as what happened at the end of the game.

l jones

July 17th, 2012
11:12 pm

Grantham was right to tell Franklin to shut his mouth. Franklin was screaming at Georgia players before he even got to mid-field after the game. He claimed Georgia’s players were rubbing Vandy’s players noses in it. How likely is that in the two seconds it took him to start screaming at players? Franklin is a no-class creep who’s lucky Grantham couldn’t get to him and beat the crap out of him.

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Elvis Frijoles

July 17th, 2012
11:15 pm

UGA: providing quality wins for BCS Champions. Since 1996.

LOL. UGA is like the fluffer of the SEC.

All you do is prep the stud team for their eventual triumph.

Brainiac(CMR/UGA fan for life)

July 17th, 2012
11:53 pm

@ Twinkie drops soap:

I suggest you apologize to Jackasses everywhere!!!!!!!!

How would you like to be compared to “I dropped My Fried Twinkie” (king of the Single Digit IQ club)!!!!!

Brainiac(CMR/UGA fan for life)

July 17th, 2012
11:58 pm

@ I jones:

My feelings precisely!!!!!!!!!

Franklin should never have said anything to one CTGs players!!!!!!!

Franklin is developing a habit of placing his foot in his mouth and apparently he cab’t help himself!!!!!!!!!

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William

July 18th, 2012
12:24 am

dye heart? Do you have a clue?

7576DAWG

July 18th, 2012
1:06 am

For some reason Vanderbilt always makes the Georgia game interesting. What Franklin did was very unsportsmanlike and showed poor class for a Head Coach. Franklin is still learning the do’s and don’ts of a Head Coach. For Grantham to shield his defensive back from Franklin’s onslaught may not have been the classiest thing but it was reactionary to one of his players being called out . As someone who played a lot of team sports up to 21 years old what Grantham did was one of the proudest moments I have ever been being a graduate of UGA and a DAWG fan.
I guarantee Grantham picked up more respect from his defensive players because of that one act than he has with anything else he has done.
I don’t think that their is bad blood but you can bet Grantham will try to make a statement in this years game. If the offense doesn’t turn the ball over it will not surprise me at all if we shut Vanderbilt out this year.