Vanderbilt coach James Franklin jokes of vacationing at Disney World with Todd Grantham

ATHENS – The first volleys have been fired and the stage has been set.

From this point forward, expect a whole lot of comments from both the Vanderbilt and Georgia sides about “just focusing on the game” and “executing fundamentals” and the like. But give Commodores’ coach James Franklin credit for having a sense of humor about it.

Franklin was asked at his weekly news conference Monday about his relationship with Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham following last year’s heated post-game exchange.

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

Obviously Franklin was just having a little fun with it. And thank goodness for that because most everybody else is going to tiptoe around the subject this week.

Franklin noted that he’s never played at Georgia’s Sanford Stadium. “I’s sure we’re going to get a really warm welcome,” he said.

Franklin said he and Grantham have crossed paths “on the road recruiting” a couple of times since then.

“The guy does a great job and has done a great job for a long time,” Franklin said. “His defense plays hard and flies around. They’re passionate about what they do; we’re passionate about what we do. It’s nothing more than that. I do have respect for how his defense plays. It’s going to be interesting.”

Here is a link to video of Franklin’s news conference on the Vanderbilt website.

Grantham would say nothing about the confrontation this past Saturday.  “It’s an important game because it’s a home game, it’s an SEC game and it’s a division game,” he said of playing Vanderbilt. Other than that he was careful not to enter into a rehash of last year’s events.

Georgia coaches complained of chop blocks, Vanderbilt coaches complained of taunting and both sides accused the other of dirty play following the Bulldogs narrow 33-28 victory last October in Nashville. The “chippiness” of the game resulted in suspensions of players from both teams.

Georgia coach Mark Richt said Georgia is “definitely going to be ready” to play the Commodores Saturday night but added that it’s important to “concentrate on playing football and not on the extra-curricular, because those things turn into penalties.”

Said Vanderbilt linebacker Karl Butler: “We all know what happened last year, but last year was last year and this year is this year. We’re focusing on the next game and that happens to be Georgia, so we’re going to prepare like we’ve never prepared before this week. It’s the most important game on our schedule because it’s the next game. We know what happened last year, but we’re a new team and our goal is to beat them, regardless of what happened last year.”

127 comments Add your comment

Destin Dawg

September 17th, 2012
5:30 pm

Just Saying

September 17th, 2012
5:34 pm

Dang it Destin Dawg

Just Saying

September 17th, 2012
5:37 pm

I hate Mai Tais…….too sweet and an old man drink!!!!

Destin Dawg

September 17th, 2012
5:39 pm

Derrick Dooley and Gene Chizik will HAVE PLENTY OF TIME to vacation with them too…

Just Saying

September 17th, 2012
5:39 pm

Love the way we are keeping our mouths shut and not responding to our upcoming opponent’s jabs.

bugs

September 17th, 2012
5:41 pm

I’m a Tech fan and I don’t have a dog in this hunt.Ga has superior players and much more depth and will be highly motivated and will beat the crap out of Vandy.

Just Saying

September 17th, 2012
5:43 pm

Missouri 38. SC 28
SEC upset special of the week. Bummer because I wanted UGa to be the team to ruin Spurrier’s season

Dawg89

September 17th, 2012
5:44 pm

I think the dawgs will be fired up to shut down the dores. My youth team plays tonight and I hope my guys play with passion! I couldn’t imagine the stress of being a major college coach. I’m stressed over 11-12 yr old football!

Just Saying

September 17th, 2012
5:46 pm

Bugs, I hope you are right, but I think it will be fairly close at halftime……maybe we can overwhelm them in the second half.

Indian Dawg

September 17th, 2012
5:47 pm

Cannot wait to paint up for this game. The shoulder pads and spikes are comin out, gentlemen. Section 109 is gonna be riled up.

Dawg1

September 17th, 2012
5:55 pm

Just Saying…

I don’t think so… South Carolina looks pretty darn good. First road game for Mizzou and I’m sure the Rooters will be ready to welcome them in a very loud and rude way…

31-13 South Carolina

Dewayne

September 17th, 2012
5:55 pm

What an ass clown!!! Ignore the question and move on. Not sure why he has to say something smart about it. I know he was making light of it, but just let it be!!

Destin Dawg

September 17th, 2012
5:59 pm

Connor Shaw has a bone fracture in his shoulder.. but his back up looks good.. Dylan ??

Sambo 4 Rambo

September 17th, 2012
6:00 pm

How can you not be ready!? The way the game ended last year, the fact of being ranked #5 in the country, jarvis jones, Gurl-Marshall, GATA!!!!!!!!

Kathryn Roberts

September 17th, 2012
6:08 pm

Franklin is a dirt bag. He will leave Vandy the first chance he gets. Amazing how easily duped vandy is by this common bully

gt4ever

September 17th, 2012
6:09 pm

mizzou to upset SC…. The SEC has one very good team in Alabama, possibly LSU the next, and everybody else is just average…

gt4ever

September 17th, 2012
6:10 pm

Oh, Todd Grantham is still an embarrassment …. Period!

P_The_Ricker

September 17th, 2012
6:15 pm

hmmmnnnnn…….chop blocks v. taunting
potential of season ending injury v. hurt feelings

yep, franklin has definitely taken vandy to a new level

huh?

September 17th, 2012
6:17 pm

gt4ever,

your statements have gone down as the stupidest of the week. Congrats!!! We’ll show you how “average” we are after your annual beat down. The A – She – She……now there is a power conference…wink, wink!

P_The_Ricker

September 17th, 2012
6:17 pm

gt4ever:
out of curiosity, who’s on your list of “very good teams?” is alabama the lone entry, or are there others?

randy

September 17th, 2012
6:20 pm

gt4ever, why don’t you crawl back between your mother’s legs!

dumptruck

September 17th, 2012
6:23 pm

@ gt4ever

the acc has no good teams(fsu and clemson will both be 3 loss teams by years end) and gt looses to most of them.

Kathryn Roberts

September 17th, 2012
6:23 pm

Gt4ever, do you ever get lonely in your mothers basement?

BILLY JACK

September 17th, 2012
6:27 pm

gt4ever-you are a stupid jackass if you think bama is the only good football team in the country-they may not make it to the SECCG but hopefully they will and Georgia will be waiting Richt 3 Alabama 1

Columbus

September 17th, 2012
6:28 pm

We ALL know he is just trying to let the lieing dog sleep and thats all. He does NOT want UGA to have ANY additional motivation and as a matter of fact he wants us to be complacent. Well I hope the coaches DONT let this happen and have the Dawgs mad and hungry come Sat night!

B

September 17th, 2012
6:31 pm

How pretty is Grantham’s wife? That’s what Franklin is really saying.

Destin Dawg

September 17th, 2012
6:31 pm

Franklin is a decent coach and recruiter, but he will jump ship from Vandy at 1st chance… jobs will be open at Tenn. and Auburn very soon !!1

BILLY JACK

September 17th, 2012
6:33 pm

gt4ever-was Todd Granthem a joke at Grant Field last year when we were pounding you little queers-I didnt think so.

Huh?

September 17th, 2012
6:39 pm

Columbus…if UGA is “mad and hungry” on Saturday night, it will be the first time this year. I have never seen a team that played as lackluster as UGA does in the first quarter or two. If they continue to do so, they will get beaten…maybe more than once.

Tman

September 17th, 2012
6:40 pm

Missouri’s QB is over rated and terrible. SC will win handily. Vandy’s coach is a class coach Grantham is a blowhard who will never be a head coach of a major university unless he grows up.

Tampa Gator

September 17th, 2012
6:41 pm

Just Saying……

You are JUST DREAMING…..or JUST WISHING….with picking Missouri over SC at SC. It is not summer any longer.

Huh?

September 17th, 2012
6:41 pm

I also think it’s funny that UGA is “mad” at Vandy…looking for extra motivation…against VANDY.

Vandy has been the doormat of the SEC for so long…just crazy to see how UGA fans now are crazed with wanting to beat them by a huge score.

lanier

September 17th, 2012
6:43 pm

Franklin needs a hair cut and he is gonna get 1 Sat

Tampa Gator

September 17th, 2012
6:43 pm

And…..Georgia wins easily vs. Vandy….and the Vandy HC knows it already.

Tman

September 17th, 2012
6:44 pm

Oh boy lanier I am sure Franklinis scared LOL

Destin Dawg

September 17th, 2012
6:51 pm

Young Dawgs are improving as the schedule gets tougher.. S & C and healthy diet by Jan Ketterly’s Buffet = strong 4th qtr. and O Line .. Go all the way Dawgs !!!

WDE

September 17th, 2012
6:53 pm

I was hoping Coach Franklin would start talking about UGA playing Old Man Football….

Destin Dawg

September 17th, 2012
6:54 pm

Tampa Gator.. I was suprised and impressed by the Gators beat down of Tenn.. you have a real Q.B. .. see you at the Cocktail party !!

WDE

September 17th, 2012
6:55 pm

@Huh? Vandy WAS the SEC doormat…they changed…our a bitter troll and that hasn’t changed..we clear?

WDE

September 17th, 2012
6:58 pm

@Tampa Gator looks like your defense is the real deal and your offense if much improved…I was afraid of that….what do you see as the Gators biggest pluses and weakness so far this year ? I promise I won’t tell a soul..

BigGAdawg

September 17th, 2012
7:02 pm

@Huh? = Duh?
Besides you, who says we are mad at Vandy? And of course we want to beat them by as large a score as possible…we want to beat everyone we play by as much as possible…and so does every team that plays. That is the idea of the game. You must think the purpose of the game is run around and grab each other’s behind like you tech girls do.

Have you been hanging out in gt4ever-smelly’s parent’s basement? You guys are eating too many Fruit Loops and staying up too late with your “special horseplay.” You are not getting enough sleep and it is messing up your pea-brains.

If Vandy wins more than six games this year someone will offer Franklin a job at another school for more money, and the chance to run a bigger program, and he will be gone.

bubba4dawgs

September 17th, 2012
7:03 pm

Not worried about Vandy vs. UGA! The DAWGS know the importance of win’em all and they have their sites set on that! Mizzou will not upset the Cocks! The Cocks D will wear them out and keep the offense off the field! It will stay close for awhile but then the Cocks will win just like UGA…..going away! Old man football all over again! Welcome to the SEC, Mizzou!

Just Saying

September 17th, 2012
7:13 pm

Leave GT4ever alone!!! I agree with him, right now UGa is “average” in the best conference in the nation….period, no argument. I guess that makes us at least average enough to be ranked in the “top5″ in the country!!!! Go Dawgs!!!

Dawg Haus

September 17th, 2012
7:19 pm

I don’t see why this should be such a big deal for CTG. Both men lost their tempers at the end of the game last season and that was it. At the end of the day, it’s still Vandy on the other sideline. Go Dawgs!

Just Saying

September 17th, 2012
7:22 pm

Looks like we have 2 bloggers so far picking SC and 2 Missouri. No question SC is good, but I disagree with the fan who doesn’t think Franklin is “any good”. I think UGa made him look average, but he is a damn good QB. My vote isforMissouri in an upset.

The Umpire

September 17th, 2012
7:23 pm

Vandy looks tough this year. SC has blown everybody out but Vandy. Unfortunately, if we win, people will say they are cupcakes, so nothing to be gained from a win except the W and the experience. For those wondering about Thompson as a QB, I thought he looked much better than Shaw. That was watching him play against ECU. Thompson has a very good arm, but doesn’t run as well. Three very tough games coming up that will define our season. What has cost us a shot at the BCS a couple of times is not winning these games. It is their time, their season, let’s hope there are no regrets! Go Dawgs.

Huh?

September 17th, 2012
7:23 pm

WDE…UGA is supposed to be a top 10 football team and Vandy is unranked with a record of 1-2…so what, exactly, has changed???

The Umpire

September 17th, 2012
7:24 pm

Franklin sat out ASU. I don’t know if he will go against SC.

Huh?

September 17th, 2012
7:24 pm

BigDawg…did you even read the article? UGA fans have been saying for months that they can’t wait to play Vandy because of the perceived injustice against UGA in last year’s game. You either didn’t read the article, or you have no idea what you are talking about.

The Umpire

September 17th, 2012
7:26 pm

Huh?, no UGA fans haven’t been saying they can’t wait to play Vandy. A couple of the blogging wonders have said it, perhaps. You are imagining things again.