No regrets for Todd Grantham: Vandy game ‘was heated, but no big deal’

Georgia defensive end Ray Drew (47) holds back defensive coordinator Todd Grantham from going after Vanderbilt coach James Franklin at the end of last year's game in Nashville.

Georgia defensive end Ray Drew (47) holds back defensive coordinator Todd Grantham from going after Vanderbilt coach James Franklin at the end of last year's game in Nashville.

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ATHENS -- Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham on Tuesday expressed no remorse over his actions at the end of last year’s Vanderbilt game, nor is he dreading how those events might affect this year’s contest at Sanford Stadium.

“No,” Grantham stated flatly when asked if he regretted his actions. “I understood what all was happening. Like I said, everybody’s competitive, it’s heated out there. It’s really not a big deal. I guess that’s football.”

Grantham and Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin had to be separated by players and referees as they engaged in a nose-to-nose shouting match shortly after the Bulldogs’ 33-28 win in Nashville last October. The two teams meet for the first time since on Saturday at 7:50 p.m.

Grantham said that it’s important that the Bulldogs focus on their assignments for stopping Vanderbilt’s offense and not get caught up in any kind of emotional retaliation.

“It’s us against them,” Grantham said. “It’s an SEC game. You know, anytime you play at home in the SEC you need to win those games to get where we want to go and do what we want to do. It’s the most important game because it’s the next game. That’s the focus you need to take because each week is tough. There are good teams in this league and you have to make sure you’re prepared every week. So we’ve got to be prepared.”

Grantham said he didn’t apologize to Franklin or Vanderbilt after last year’s game and he doesn’t plan to before Saturday’s contest. He plans to conduct himself as he always does.

“To be honest, I haven’t thought about it or  worried about it,” he said. “I know our players work really hard and  they prepare. I want to make sure they succeed. We’re going to work hard to make sure we’re prepared every Saturday we go on the field.

“We’re all competitive people. Things happen and you learn from it and move on. We want to make sure we keep the focus on the game and play a game on Saturday.”

Grantham said he hasn’t crossed paths with Franklin anywhere since last year’s game. But he insisted he doesn’t have a problem with the Commodores’ coach.

“Hey, he’s a good coach, he’s done a good job,” Grantham said. “They’re working hard to be competitive. They had a big game on Saturday. It’s an SEC game so it’s a big game for us, a big game for them. So we’ve got to make sure we prepare to get ready to win a physical game.”

As for Franklin’s joke that they’d vacationed together and drank Mai-Tais in the pool, Grantham indicated he likely wouldn’t be drinking a Mai-Tai.

“But I’m flexible,” he said with a grin.

Jarvis Jones says he’ll play

Jarvis Jones said he’s still bothered by the groin injury that kept him out of the Florida Atlantic game this past Saturday and he’s listed on Georgia’s daily injury-illness report as “limited.” But you wouldn’t know it on the practice field as Jones is not dressed in the traditional green jersey signifying a players’ injured status and he said you definitely won’t know it on Saturday as he intends to start at outside linebacker and play against Vanderbilt.

“I don’t want that green jersey; they can’t make me wear it,” Jones joked following the Bulldogs’ practice Tuesday night. “I’m fine. I’ve been treating it ever since it happened. I’m just getting back in the groove.”

Of course, that’s what he said last week. Asked again if there was a chance he might not play Saturday, Jones reiterated, “I’m gonna play this week.”

More offense ahead for Mitchell

Malcolm Mitchell, perhaps Georgia’s most explosive offensive threat as a freshman last season, has been almost exclusively a defensive player since the spring. Look for that to change, coach Mark Richt said Tuesday.

Mitchell, who played his first two offensive snaps of the season in last week’s victory over Florida Atlantic, catching a 49-yard pass on the first, will remain available at cornerback but reengage at wide receiver, Richt said.

“Malcolm will definitely stay with the defense as far as being ready to play. I imagine he will still play [defense],” Richt said. “His offensive reps will increase, and he’ll probably start to spend some meeting time with the offense as well.

“I’m thinking about trying to find a way to split time with him if he can manage it. We think it can work for us. He’s a guy who I think is in good enough condition. I know he’s smart enough to understand what’s going on on both sides of the ball with the experience he’s had.”

The return of cornerback-safety Sanders Commings from suspension last week and the return of suspended safety Bacarri Rambo by next week will somewhat alleviate depth concerns in the secondary.

Offense and defense aren’t the extent of Georgia’s plans for Mitchell.

“We need him on special teams, too,” Richt said. “He’s going to play offense, defense and special teams off and on for the rest of the year, I would think.”

Vandy QB situation

Vandy’s Franklin called it “a huge advantage” that Georgia has only one game of tape on which to watch quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels direct the Vandy offense. Franklin hasn’t committed publicly on a QB starter against Georgia, but Carta-Samuels — a transfer from Wyoming — is No. 1 on the depth chart after surprisingly starting ahead of Jordan Rodgers in last week’s 58-0 win over Presbyterian.

“He played well,” Richt said. “He didn’t have to really run the ball that often and wasn’t pressured much. He did drop back and throw the ball well. It looked like he ran the system well. … They didn’t change what they would have been doing schematically a lot.”

Richt said he “can only assume” Carta-Samuels will start Saturday.

Etc… .

Offensive linemen Dallas Lee and Watts Dantzler, both of whom have left ankle sprains, ran on the sidelines in green jerseys as their teammates practiced Tuesday. Their status remains questionable. In the meantime, the Bulldogs continued to work with Mark Beard at left tackle and regular left tackle Kenarious Gates at Lee’s left-guard position. . . . . Quarterback Aaron Murray became the 14th Georgia player — the most in Division I — to be nominated to the Allstate/AFCA Good Works team. Murray was one of 11 players in this year’s group. They are chosen by a national panel to based on their service to others and “off-the-field positive impact.”

Staff writer Tim Tucker contributed to this report.

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225 comments Add your comment

Shawn

September 18th, 2012
9:53 pm

Good news. We will crush the Dores this week. Sorry Franklin but no apologies!

ARdawg

September 18th, 2012
9:55 pm

SOWEGA Dawg

September 18th, 2012
10:03 pm

Let’s face it, Franklin’s blustering backfired on him, and there was no reason for Grantham to be congenial. Franklin was so busy focusing on posturing for his team that he forgot basic coaching decorum. You don’t go chastise another coach after a game. Now that the amateur hour is over, he’ll be better able to handle his duties more professionally.

BiggDawgK

September 18th, 2012
10:15 pm

Georgia has more players than any other school that helps others and have positive off field impacts. While this is no surprise to the Bulldog faithful it sure does go against the image the ajc and all the hate fueled idiots that live on their blogs try and perpetuate.

Dawg Haus

September 18th, 2012
10:27 pm

Thanks, Chip! Great to hear some Dawgs are impacting the world in a positive way off the field. Proud of those guys.

Pj

September 18th, 2012
10:36 pm

Our D would run through a wall for Grantham – but especially this game. Especially after last year. I hope the Vandy trainers get paid well… They’re about to earn their money.

Miami Dawg

September 18th, 2012
10:49 pm

Let’s get serious here. It’s vandy. Five letter word for doormat.

If the dawgs can’t beat that bunch they have no business in the top 20 forget no. 5

Just Asking?

September 18th, 2012
10:50 pm

I like seeing what a fired up coach can do for a team. Look at what the Falcons are doing this year with some new blood in the coaching ranks.
If we don’t see something different this week, I hope we will see some changes in the Offensive Coordinator. There’s probably an OC in the NFL who would like to settle down in a great college town like Athens. We certainly found a good DC in Grantham.

Rick James

September 18th, 2012
10:53 pm

I’m glad that he didnt see fit to apologize to Franklin was not forced to.Hopefully Georgia scores 50.

GTBob

September 18th, 2012
11:07 pm

I guess that’s football.

He tried to start a brawl after the game on national television and his excuse is “I guess that’s football”? Now we know why guys like Cornelius Washington act the way they act.

NYdude

September 18th, 2012
11:11 pm

Enter your comments here

NYdude

September 18th, 2012
11:25 pm

Evidently, Todd Grantham has decided to follow in the footsteps of Edith Piaf. The French chanteuse, nicknamed “The Little Sparrow,” famously warbled, “Je ne regrette rien.” That translates as “I regret nothing.” Interesting that Grantham would, in effect, be singing the same tune these days.

SOWEGA Dawg

September 18th, 2012
11:35 pm

NY dude, really? On a football blog? Please exit quietly before you get the abuse you deserve. See if you can find a HGTV blog.

kingdaddy

September 18th, 2012
11:41 pm

This Vandy, is not the same “doormat” they used to be. They gave SÇ a good game and could have beaten them. Let’s not get cocky. We are better, but still a work in progress. I don’t like cocky teams anyway. Everyone wants that kind of a team to lose. We should stay classy. Fans too…

GeorgiaDawgs

September 18th, 2012
11:50 pm

I like it! DC’s are suppose to have a nasty streak! Ask Dick Butkus! Ask ERK! GO DAWGS!

And that is GREAT to hear about the Good Works Team! It’s so nice to hear something positive. So many stories focus on the negative.

drbasic1

September 18th, 2012
11:51 pm

@Gtbob

It is a hoot to read your post. I understand it does not matter to you if a Dog fan bad mouths Tech, I see that in your replies, so I just wish they would quit responding in such a manner. I am a UGA alumnus and I do not despise Tech as some of our fans do. I always wish them well except for one saturday in Nov., and even then I wish no one to get hurt on either side. I can only assume that your replies anti UGA are to get people angry so they come back on you in some way. I get this is how you get your amusement, which I could care less, whatever rocks your boat I guess. I would hope eventually most would figure this out and simply not respond to you but rather read your post and just move on. I am not sure if you watch other college games and see different coaches or the interactions between sidelines, but i assure you What CTG last year was rather mild for a DC. I was in college and had the pleasure of being around and speaking to Erk Russell everyday. If your old enough to go that far back, then you would see by standards, Grantham is a wuss compared to Russell and he helped mold MANY a men. Anger is a part of football, and if you are naive enough to think coaches are responsible for players action OFF the field, then we should blame your father for raising you to create rabble rousing correct?

Joe

September 19th, 2012
12:15 am

Why would UGA need tape on Vandy’s scrub QB. Dawgs are going to whip their *sses and take no prisoners. I see 38-0, with Vandy under 200 total yards of offense.

Top Row Dawg

September 19th, 2012
12:15 am

Just AssKing now that’s an appropriate name for such an asinine post. If you still think we need another OC, your not paying attention to the games and the numbers. Wake up.

kingdaddy

September 19th, 2012
12:19 am

drbasic1
I really enjoy your post. Usually very good reads. I believe Bob exhibits certain Sado-Masochistic tendencies. He loves to abuse and to be abused, but he generally doesn’t get personal. He’s not a bad guy, he just hates UGA with a passion. I like Bob, just wish he wasn’t always on a Dawg blog. Glad to have you aboard. Go Dawgs…

SEC League Office

September 19th, 2012
12:26 am

“To be honest, I haven’t thought about it or worried about it,” he said. “I know our players work really hard and they prepare. I want to make sure they succeed. We’re going to work hard to make sure we’re prepared every Saturday we go on the field.

Does he really expect anyone to believe he has ‘not thought about it”. I call his bluff.

Grantham said he didn’t apologize to Franklin or Vanderbilt after last year’s game and he doesn’t play to before Saturday’s contest. He plans to conduct himself as he always does.

His comments are classless, an show his immaturity. How will he expect to get a HC job somewhere if he is too stubborn to face the fact he embarrassed himself, his players, his coach, his AD and the entire University with his antics over the course of his tenure at UGA?

I know some of you dumb redneck UGA fans will scream, call me names and on and on, but look around the league and you will not see another HC, Coordinator, or Asst who has made a third of the bonehead exposures as TG has in his short duration at UGA. That is fine, I guess his behavior has a reflection on his players and their continued personal foul penalities they commit, the crimes they commit, and laws they break.

SEC League Office

September 19th, 2012
12:29 am

GeorgiaDawgs

September 18th, 2012
11:50 pm
I like it! DC’s are suppose to have a nasty streak! Ask Dick Butkus! Ask ERK! GO DAWGS!

And that is GREAT to hear about the Good Works Team! It’s so nice to hear something positive. So many stories focus on the negative.

Are you kidding? He is suppose to set an example, but his choking sign, and speaking to an opposing head coach the way he did should have warranted a game suspension on each occasion.
He showed he his a good coach without class.

SEC League Office

September 19th, 2012
12:32 am

We know why the good coaches in the league do not allow their assistants to address the media only once a year. Coaches like TG cannot handle the pressure with class.

Miles, Saban, Spurrier would have put him down a notch or two if he were on their staffs. No doubt the guy can coach, but grow up and set an example.

SEC League Office

September 19th, 2012
12:33 am

GTBob

September 18th, 2012
11:07 pm
I guess that’s football.

He tried to start a brawl after the game on national television and his excuse is “I guess that’s football”? Now we know why guys like Cornelius Washington act the way they act.

For once GTBob, I agree with you100%.

SEC League Office

September 19th, 2012
12:35 am

Pj

September 18th, 2012
10:36 pm
Our D would run through a wall for Grantham – but especially this game. Especially after last year. I hope the Vandy trainers get paid well… They’re about to earn their money.

Way to show some class with that post! Hoping college athletes get hurt, I bet your boss on the garbage route hopes his competitors in the other garbage trucks fall off and get hurt too!

Dawg-Gawn

September 19th, 2012
12:38 am

I would like to see Kwame Geathers and Shawn Williams represent UGA as team Captains for this game…. send a silent message to Vandy!

James Franklin saying “we are not going to shine shoes a Vanderbilt anymore” this coach simply messed up… and the family Disney trip wasn’t funny either!

UGA has a OC in Mike Bobo and currently has the # 1 rated overall offense in the SEC. Why not go ahead & blame Bobo for this… Just Asking?

“Our Team” “Our Time” “No Regrets”

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“BELIEVE” in the “G”

7576DAWG

September 19th, 2012
2:38 am

SEC League
You must have never played any sport where there was a team involved. If you did , you sat the bench or your so called team wasn’t any good.
Todd Grantham earned more respect from his players because of what he did in the Vanderbilt game last year than most coaches get in a decade. He took up for one of his defensive back with unconditional love that has his players busting their rear end for him,now .
Maybe it wasn’t the classiest move on Grantham’s part but after Franklin jumped all over one of our players someone had to step in and say something. Coach Mark Richt certainly wasn’t going to show any support or emotions, it wasn’t his style. If Grantham had not done what he did I really don’t think a lot of the defensive players who decide to stay an extra year would have stayed. They also wouldn’t be showing how much they have bought into what Grantham is trying to teach, today. Lastly Georgia wouldn’t have signed some of the recruits they got in February 2012 or some of the recruit’s they have committed for 2013.What Grantham did was great and one of the proudest moments for a lot of the Georgia fans.
I don’t know if you are a Georgia fan or not but I do know that our defense has played under Grantham the closest we have come to what we use to get from Erk Russell and for that I am not going to say anything bad about Grantham. He get’s my full support.

Destin Dawg

September 19th, 2012
7:07 am

I like Grantham’s fire… ” Junk Yard Dawgs ” attitude.. just like Erk Russell .. and yes T.G. has recruited well and convinced players to stay .. this could be a special year !!! Go all the way Dawgs !!

Old Hippy Tea Partier

September 19th, 2012
7:13 am

Cesspoolof the south = GT campus in the metro getto, drugs, crime, muggings, sirens all night… can’t sleep.. scared to go outside…. and no women !!!

Jimmy

September 19th, 2012
7:18 am

SEC League Office,

Saban isn’t a loud mouth jerk?? LOL. Ask the media last week when he berated them for “hyping up the players too much.” Some people are unbelievable.

Jimmy

September 19th, 2012
7:19 am

“They’re working hard to be competitive,” is how Grantham describes Vandy. Now that’s a backhanded compliment if I’ve ever heard one. LOL. Good job coach!

hbvandy

September 19th, 2012
7:28 am

Franklin makes a joke of “vacationing together,” Grantham says “I ain’t apologizing for nuttin’.”

Who showed a bit more class?

tardawg

September 19th, 2012
7:40 am

I know this sounds hypercritical but maybe AJC should make people use there real names for comments or not allowed at all because some of these border on slandering.

RedandBlackDAWG

September 19th, 2012
7:57 am

hbvandy

September 19th, 2012
7:28 am

A while back he also made a joke concerning his coaches wives. I guess that was considered classy by you as well. If he wants to try and be a comedian, let him join Spurrier’s staff and see if he can pick up a few pointers. Spurrier’s has been trying that for years and is now considered a bitter old man, with his constant complaining (His idea of a joke). I guess he found it amusing also when his center last year tried to deliberately take out the nose tackle of UGA with the deliberate and flagrant foul by blocking him behind his knees, and then giving the thumbs up to his coaches. Funny, I never heard him say anything about that. I guess he couldn’t come up with a joke to cover that.

JB

September 19th, 2012
7:58 am

If we don’t trounce Vandy, That #5 ranking is not worthy. 35-17 Dawgs…….but after a 17-14 first half and a half time butt chewing.

GTBob's Top

September 19th, 2012
8:01 am

This is your last warning, get off of those blogs and get back to bed

Dawglasville

September 19th, 2012
8:13 am

The trolls are up early this morning.

The Grantham act with the UF kicker, classless. Franklin jumped on one of our players and Grantham defended his player.

Again, trolls regardless of the team they root for (including UGA), are going to spin it to please them. You guys don’t like Grantham because you know he is a very good coach and there is a good chance your team won’t beat us. You guys love Saban, Spurrier, Meyer, (not classy men) because they can beat UGA. Pretty much defines the life of a troll. You guys should go work on a political campaign.

Cdpridg

September 19th, 2012
8:15 am

No apologies! This is “Grown Man Football”!!

Mobile Dawg

September 19th, 2012
8:21 am

Mobile,
Will you feel better if we beat Vandy by more points than SC???

kingdaddy, I think we’re well positioned for a good run but think coaching, or lack of, will be the key. We have the horses but can Richt and Bobo pick the right combinations to make it work. My concern is that in the big games we will need the “physical” running game first, with the passing game being secondary. Richt’s just not comfortable in that type game and we typically don’t do well.

beanster

September 19th, 2012
8:21 am

Shopping cart (a.k.a. “Gramps”) — You better hurry. Your water aerobics class starts in ten minutes. Don’t forget to take your Aricept before you head out the door this morning.

PapaDawg

September 19th, 2012
8:22 am

Face it most coaches don’t like each other anyway so this AIN’T NUTTIN. Only Girly men like gtbob cry then apologize. Football is a Mans.

WDE

September 19th, 2012
8:40 am

Woke up this morning with just a hint of fall in the air,and thought to myself how it is GREAT TO BE A GEORGIA BULL DOG!!

78 DAWG

September 19th, 2012
8:52 am

If Grantham is the greatest defensive coach of all time, he’s still a classless idiot. You Georgia “fans” that want to defend him because the defense is better are an embarrassment. Williams acted like a punk and Franklin did exactly what he should have and RICHT was right in what he said after the game, NOT GRANTHAM. You “fans” that have your self-esteem tied up in UGA winning or losing should get a life. I’d rather win 8 a year with class, than win a national championship and act like fools.

Box of Rocks

September 19th, 2012
8:54 am

Neither is known for class, but their history makes for a great build-up to Saturday. I’m not going to miss it.

bucket

September 19th, 2012
9:04 am

I love how all the haters give Farnklin a total pass last year for what happened at Vandy, but say that Grantham is somehow a bad guy. I know I can’t change the haters minds, but I do post in an attempt to debate against revisionist history lessons from all the haters. There were alot of situations last year that lead to the confrontation at midfield between Franklin and Grantham. First, the Vandy coach had been and still is trying to install a new attitude in his team to behave like they bleong on an SEC field of play in football. (That should be commended in my opinion.) The Vandy players were talking just as much smack and pushing and shoving just as much as the Georgia players during the game. The Vandy sideline, Franklin included, was participating in the trash talking as well. The Vandy center clearly tried to take Geathers out of the game with a cut block behind the play and behind the knee. After the game Franklin was jawing with Williams and other Bulldog players and was clearly screaming at Grantham before Grantham responded in kind. Grantham got too hot, however, a head coach doesn’t approach the other team’s DC or any other coach on the opposing staff in an attempt to scold an opposing player. Franklin should have spoken to Richt and Richt only if he had a serious complaint. Franklin’s actions showed that he was angry and acting without restraint just as much as anyone else on the field that night. I don’t think anything that happened that night makes Franklin or anyone else @ Vandy a bad guy. It was just as Grantham described, “I understood what all was happening. Like I said, everybody’s competitive, it’s heated out there. It’s really not a big deal. I guess that’s football.”

OkieDawg

September 19th, 2012
9:05 am

At least the dust up after last year’s game make this year’s game a little more interesting than normal. Normally, it is not a big thrill to beat Vandy by 40 points but this year it will be fun.

SEC League Office

September 19th, 2012
9:09 am

7576DAWG

September 19th, 2012
2:38 am
SEC League
You must have never played any sport where there was a team involved. If you did , you sat the bench or your so called team wasn’t any good.
Todd Grantham earned more respect from his players because of what he did in the Vanderbilt game last year than most coaches get in a decade. He took up for one of his defensive back with unconditional love that has his players busting their rear end for him,now .
Maybe it wasn’t the classiest move on Grantham’s part but after Franklin jumped all over one of our players someone had to step in and say something. Coach Mark Richt certainly wasn’t going to show any support or emotions, it wasn’t his style. If Grantham had not done what he did I really don’t think a lot of the defensive players who decide to stay an extra year would have stayed. They also wouldn’t be showing how much they have bought into what Grantham is trying to teach, today. Lastly Georgia wouldn’t have signed some of the recruits they got in February 2012 or some of the recruit’s they have committed for 2013.What Grantham did was great and one of the proudest moments for a lot of the Georgia fans.
I don’t know if you are a Georgia fan or not but I do know that our defense has played under Grantham the closest we have come to what we use to get from Erk Russell and for that I am not going to say anything bad about Grantham. He get’s my full support.

Wrong…I have two National Championship rings from the 70’s for team sports. Jimmy

September 19th, 2012
7:18 am
SEC League Office,

Saban isn’t a loud mouth jerk?? LOL. Ask the media last week when he berated them for “hyping up the players too much.” Some people are unbelievable.

What that at a coach? No. Learn the difference son, Grantham wanted to fight. Saban wanted respect for WK

browndog

September 19th, 2012
9:10 am

So Spurrier is a class act, that is a good one?

MA English 75

September 19th, 2012
9:13 am

Coming to you LIVE from the hallowed halls of the Butt-Smear building, are you going to post this after every article?

Joey

September 19th, 2012
9:17 am

“I know this sounds hypercritical but maybe AJC should make people use there real names for comments or not allowed at all because some of these border on slandering.”
*******************************************
Even better, real names and addresses (no PO Boxes).

A LOT of these pimple-faced nerds would go into hiding . . .

JB

September 19th, 2012
9:17 am

Glad to see some fire out of a UGA coach. Perry Como playing in the locker room before games doesn’t get it…..Now, I don’t want a fool like Trooper from Auburn on our staff, But Grantham is a pretty good coach……compared to Willie, like coach to first class when flying….Big difference.