Report: Florida strength coach shoved Georgia’s Corey Moore

Best account I’ve seen yet of the pregame skirmish that occurred before Georgia-Florida this past Saturday comes from Palm Beach Post reporter Jason Lieser.

I didn’t see but the very tail-end of the incident myself as it happened right around the time they were preparing for the pregame toss. But according to Lieser, Florida safety Matt Elam instigated the incident by bumping Georgia’s Devin Bowman. Apparently a bunch of Georgia players then responded to the taunts of Elam and teammate Dominique Easley, including Todd Gurley, Malcolm Mitchell, Corey Moore and Arthur Lynch.

Liesler reports that Florida strength coach Jeff Dillman interceded and ended up shoving Moore. That drew Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and some other assistant coaches and referees into the fray. This is the part I saw and skirmish quickly dissipated with both sides squawking as they went their separate ways.

Wrote Lieser:

Gators strength coach Jeff Dillman, who later had at least one very animated conversation with a ref, was involved as well. Dillman shoved Georgia safety Corey Moore, then got in the face of a Bulldogs assistant.

The whole affair was over in less than a minute and no penalties were assessed (though officials would make up for that later).

Georgia coach Mark Richt claimed on his Sunday conference call he knew nothing of the incident until seeing a vague reference to it on the TV broadcast replay.

“You know what, I don’t know what happened,” he said. “I watched the TV copy of the game  and they showed a little bit of that. You could tell there was some chirping and all that, but I don’t think anybody got physical or anything like that.”

Informed for Dillman’s shove and when it happened, Richt said: “I’d have to look at it. I’m not really worried about that right now.”

Grantham acknowledged the incident after the game but claimed he was merely telling the Georgia players to get out of the way. “I was telling our guys to get off the field,” he said.

The “chippiness” carried over into the game, where the teams combined to be flagged 24 times, including several personal foul penalties.

“That was one of the most intense games I’ve ever coached from start to finish,” Richt said. “. . . You want intensity with discipline. But I didn’t want to slow anybody’s ability to keep their blood hot.”

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Art silva UGA

October 29th, 2012
6:55 pm

First! Heck of a game!!!

GDawg

October 29th, 2012
7:02 pm

The shoves from that point forward came from Jarvis Jones. Good thing that coach didn’t wander onto the field. Jarvis hit everything wearing orange and blue for 3 hours straight!!

spanky

October 29th, 2012
7:05 pm

Let’s see if they make him press-conference an apology, like Coach Grantham last year! LOL!! All kidding aside, the dawgs need to focus on the rebs!..no tweeting, no outer/inner issues..just play the game on Saturday! Hopefully, we can convert a 3rd down this time! Go Dawgs!!

spanky

October 29th, 2012
7:08 pm

GDawg-LOL, hell yeah!! I was watching the game with a gaytor buddy of mine (bless his heart!), and the whole time he was screaming at the tv, “SOMEBODY BLOCK 29!!!” LOL!! It was great!

dawgEd

October 29th, 2012
7:10 pm

Everybody keeps calling that game “ugly.” But I loved it: wired up players, big hits and great defense. I much prefer that to the contact-free track meet we had with the Vols.

florida domination? What domination in last 6 years?

October 29th, 2012
7:13 pm

Typical classless florida

3-3 in last 6 and two in a row for jawja!

October 29th, 2012
7:14 pm

Great Defense is as fun to watch as a great offense.

Dawg Days

October 29th, 2012
7:17 pm

Amen dawgEd. It reminded me of the back to back 10-9 Dooley victories. I love those hard hitting defensive struggles. Thank you Shawn Williams, Jarvis Jones & Co. Hunker Down One More Time!

Shawn Williams Co MVP with Jarvis!

October 29th, 2012
7:21 pm

Shawn Williams should be named a permanent captain this season!
Get ‘em focused Shawn!!

Tampa Gator

October 29th, 2012
7:23 pm

Georgia and Florida had totally different different approaches for the game…..and both appoaches worked great to stop the strength of the other team. I have not read one single story about that fact. Florida pulled back on rushing Murray and laid back 7 and 8 defenders to stop the pass….and it worked….and Georgia was able to run some. Georgia ran 7 and 8 up into the box and stopped Florida’s strength, the run. And Florida was able to pass some. But neither team was able to do much the entire game on offense, a mighty testimony to the quality of defenses of both teams. There was some great defensive coaching going on in that game, and very little offensive coaching going on from my perspective. Bobo reacted too late and so did Pease to what each team was doing. Still…it was the 3 extra turnovers than won the game for Georgia. But it was a serious, head knocking game on both sides. I am sure it will be the same next year……but hopefully with a different outcome. Best of luck to Georgia in the SEC championship game, but I think they have little chance vs. Bama because Bama has even a better defense than Florida….and certainly a better offense….and they do not make mistakes like Florida did. If Georgia loses that game and Florida wins out……Georgia will likely end up in the Outback Bowl again and Florida in the Sugar Bowl or some other BCS game….and higher ranked. That will really get in the jorts of Dawg “fans.”

dawgEd

October 29th, 2012
7:24 pm

With all of that said, this week we’ll find out how much maturity this team has.

Shawn Williams Co-MVP with Jarvis!

October 29th, 2012
7:24 pm

Shawn and Jarvis both get the Dawgbones this week.
Shawn is forever etched as a leader in UGA lore! Thank You Shawn

Tampa Gator

October 29th, 2012
7:28 pm

florida domination? What domination in last 6 years?
October 29th, 2012
7:13 pm
“Typical classless florida”

:roll:

Like….when the Florida coaches used a throat cutting sign directed at a college student kicking a field goal??? Yes…that was a totally classes act by the Florida coach. Totally classless, I agree.

The tables have turned

October 29th, 2012
7:28 pm

UGA beat Florida, so no matter what happens, florida can’t spin that any other way.
Must have gotten florida’s “jorties” in a wad.

beanster

October 29th, 2012
7:30 pm

Whatever Tampa. Nice attempt at a classy post til you ruined it with your sour grapes Outback bowl comment. Good luck with Florida State. They’re due. And have fun in Shreveport.

Tampa Gator

October 29th, 2012
7:30 pm

I am sure that neither Richt or Muschamp are losing much sleep over this. But I am sure Muschamp told Dillman to never do that again. And I am sure he won’t. You can’t have your S&C coach doing that. Wrong thing to do, period.

SCDAWG

October 29th, 2012
7:32 pm

Is this what it feels like to beat the GAYtors two years in a row. Only 18 so I never seen us do this. Amazing Awesomness.

Tampa Gator

October 29th, 2012
7:33 pm

Nothing sour grapes about that comment. It is likely to happen if Florida wins out and Georgia loses to Bama.

Bama will go to the NC
Florida will get Sugar Bowl
LSU will likely go to Orlando
…..leaving Georgia for the Outback Bowl

Just stating what I think will happen……and taking a jab at all the “jorts” people.

beanster

October 29th, 2012
7:34 pm

Oh that’s right. FSU beat you last year and the year before that. Look for the trifecta in 2012.

SouthGADawg

October 29th, 2012
7:34 pm

Tampa- Gator,
I totally agree with your post. But if UGA wins out they will win the SEC East. May not be Sugar Bowl but still a good season. Would love to win SEC but someone would have to knock out Alabamas QB for that to happen. I thought it was a great defensive game. Good luck with rest of your games and hope everyone stays healthy.

T-Dawg

October 29th, 2012
7:34 pm

Ref’s had a HUGE chip on their shoulders throughout the game. Huge mistake by what are supposed to be professional ref’s.

bigman

October 29th, 2012
7:34 pm

I’d say Shawn Williams really motivated the team. I just wish for the remaining of the games we can get both sides of the ball clicking. They need a motivation every week. They need something every week which will make them fly around the practice field, and hit hard. Go Dawgs!

florida domination? What domination in last 6 years?

October 29th, 2012
7:35 pm

florida’s classless acts by both coaches and players throughout the years have been tremendously more than GA’s. From Charley Pell spying on Georgia practices (and still losing), to Spurriers mouth and running up scores, to players trash talk and inciting GA players (like saturday), to eye-gouging, to Meyer’s timeouts.
So all you got on GA is an endzone celebration and Grantham’s choke sign while on the sideline.
Florida rules when it comes to classless coaches and players.

Tampa Gator

October 29th, 2012
7:36 pm

beanster….

I think Florida is due vs. FSU…..but the game is at there place….so it will be a challenge for sure.

Georgia better be fully ready to play Ole Miss. Their offense is dangerous…..and if they play defense just a little bit….it could be a very tight game. But I think Georgia wins by 10….and then mauls Auburn….and goes to play a seriously good Bama team. Good luck with that one.

Tampa Gator

October 29th, 2012
7:37 pm

“Florida rules when it comes to classless coaches and players”

Got anything besides your biased thoughts and opinions to post?????

florida domination? What domination in last 6 years?

October 29th, 2012
7:39 pm

Florida coach who shoved an opposing player should be fired like Woody Hayes was for shoving and punching that clemson player.

Tampa Gator

October 29th, 2012
7:41 pm

Like I posted the other day……fully enjoy your right to brag for this year. Georgia earned that right by outplaying Florida. That simple. But I am sure Florida will show up again next year……to try again.

Have a nice evening.

florida domination? What domination in last 6 years?

October 29th, 2012
7:41 pm

Nope. Completely biased, backed with facts. We’ve had to take it. Now it’s our time to dish it out. Take it like a man.

RunninWithTheDawgs

October 29th, 2012
7:42 pm

The Rebels have been playing good ball. They’ve won their last two and they’ll try their best between the hedges this Saturday. If you’re at the game be sure to scream and holler as loud as you can when Miss. is getting ready to snap the ball. That’s what beat us in the SC game. GO UGA!

mike addington

October 29th, 2012
7:43 pm

I think it’s time to put the FL dominance to rest. If UF wants to go back 20+ years to make their point, then heck, let’s just go back 40+ years and see how it looks. the only game that counts right now is nxt years. Well, maybe in a week or so. As some said above, I loved the hitting on both sides. Refs are getting out of hand, calling too many unnecessary fouls. Although I am sick of all the jawing and jumping on the pile after a fumble when there are already a dozen guys on the pile. Good game defense and O line and running backs. the rest of you need to step up. Murray take some valium before the next big game.

why not?

October 29th, 2012
7:44 pm

UGA will get revenge on lsu in SEC Championship game and move on to national championship.
laugh now naysayers, but Dawgs will have last laugh!

Mobile Dawg

October 29th, 2012
7:46 pm

For some reason I don’t dislike the Gators near as much as I did when Spurrier and Meyer were coaching. Hang in there Tampa Gator, has anyone heard from the Beast? Haven’t perused all the posts since the game. I’m sure he’s congratulated the Dawgs, he’s got some class.

Tampon Gaytor

October 29th, 2012
7:46 pm

Oh,I’m sorry I must of been watching a different game,silly me.

T-Dawg

October 29th, 2012
7:51 pm

Tampa Gator….Georgia has more talent at the skill positions which seemed to be the difference in the game. If I’m in your shoes, that should be encouraging because FL did a BETTER job at stopping GA’s strengths until the very end of the game. Also, if we’re talking about the “difference in the game” I think it’s a wash when you include the penalties against GA. I could argue Murray’s interceptions were as much if not more damaging because it could have been demoralizing for Florida to be behind 14-0. (Much like it was for South Carolina last week).
I think you have a good coaching staff over there and with one additional skilled player you guys could have won.

DirtyDawg

October 29th, 2012
7:52 pm

Actually, Muschamp gritted his teeth and mumbled cuss-words at his coach, like he did to one of his players and made ESPN’s ‘event of the weekend’ or some such thing. Tampa very well may be right…if we make it to Atlanta and get beat, we’ll have two losses, Florida will likely only have one and end up ranked higher and the Sugar Bowl will pick the higher-ranked team…so much for the rationale they used on us that time, that a team should, at least, play in their Conference Championship game before they get to make a BCS Bowl…then again, we’re not Alabama, or Florida either for that matter. Two things…we could go to Atlanta…beat Alabama…and knock every SEC team out of the NC game. Or we can just be happy with having beat UF and pi$$ed Spurrier off and do another bowl.

joe jenkins

October 29th, 2012
7:56 pm

murray did have a overall bad game….but he did something his rival qb jeff drunkskell couldn’t do…and that was lead his team down the field and throw the winning td pass….after re watching the game…..two of murray’s int’s….some of the blame has to go to the wr’s…because thoses passes hit them right in their hands……just one really bad int….and that was the pass that sailed on him…..anybody else notice that mitchell got his face mask on that td run he made???….that should have been a 15 yard penalty enforced on the kickoff and maybe fla doesnt even get down to the 5 yrd line and fumble the ball game away……….hey tampa gator….how does it feel to lose to us two years in a row? and answer me this….how many nightmares have you had about jarvisw jones in the last two years?

Will "0FerWLOCP" Muschump

October 29th, 2012
7:56 pm

Here’s a photo of the Gators S&C coach abusing the UGA player – http://i.imgur.com/SidEN.jpg?1

Mobile Dawg

October 29th, 2012
8:00 pm

joe, agree with you on the two interceptions. They kareemed around after hitting a receiver and were caught, could be considered bad breaks, but it was still good defense by UF. My take on those two int’s were that we should have been pounding the run as it was impressive. As a coach you should know how “demoralizing” it is for the opponent to ram the ball down your throat.

DirtyDawg

October 29th, 2012
8:01 pm

Now that I think about it, if UF looses to FSU, they very well may not be ranked higher than Georgia, even if we lose to Alabama – particularly if it’s a close game. So forget what I said about the Sugar Bowl, we won’t sit still for that.

joe jenkins

October 29th, 2012
8:01 pm

hey mobile dog….i dont care if herschel walker was coaching fla…..i would still hate the gators with of my heart and soul….to hell with the slimey lizards and their joke of a qb and coach

How do you, Tampa Gator...

October 29th, 2012
8:04 pm

…figure that if UGA runs the table and loses to Bama in the SEC Champ Game that UGA gets bypassed for the Sugar Bowl? I thought the highest ranked team, which would be UGA at 11-2 would have to go to New Orleans – or are you planning on UF going 11-1 (good luck with FSU) and jumping ahead of UGA?

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October 29th, 2012
8:06 pm

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Tampa Gator

October 29th, 2012
8:06 pm

TDawg….

I picked Georgia to win the SEC East at the beginning of the year…..and it appears they will

I picked Georgia to lose to SC and beat Florida is a close game…..I got that right.

I picked Florida to beat SC at home…..I got that right.

But I also picked Florida to lose to either A&M or Tennessee….to finish 3rd in the East. I got that one wrong.

Georgia has a lot more talent at WR….at RB….and that was the difference in the game in the end. But I think Pease reacted to slowly to what Georgia was doing on defense. He continued to run on first down throughout the game and should have put Driskel more in the shotgun and not under center as much…..he is much better in the shotgun. Look what he did on that final draft when Florida did just that and attacked Georgia’s secondary on first and second downs….and let Driskel run from the shotgun. He is much more dangerous back there. I think Muschamp has been overly stubborn about established the run and beating the other team down. That works if you do not turn the ball over 6 times. And not so well when you do.

tenn.DAWG

October 29th, 2012
8:06 pm

WOW!, after seeing the pic of the uf assistant throwing punches it makes you wonder if there will be some scolding from Mike Slive.No way should you be able to hit a kid on the other team if your’re a coach.

And, even if UGA...

October 29th, 2012
8:09 pm

…runs the table and beats Bama, there is no way UGA makes it to the MNC with one loss if ND, KS, or OR are undefeated…

But, right now, the best MNC game appears to be Bama v OR, with ND v OR being a close second…

Tampa Gator

October 29th, 2012
8:11 pm

How……

Well…..if Georgia loses to Bama and Florida wins out and beats FSU…..then Florida will jump Georgia in the final BCS poll. They are only one spot behind Georgia now…..and it was a close game in JAX that could have gone either way. No question Florida jumps Georgia in the final BCS poll if that happens…..and Florida will go to New Orleans and Georgia to either Orlando or Tampa. Just the way it is.

Tampa Gator

October 29th, 2012
8:13 pm

tennDawg…..

He DID NOT “hit” him…..he shoved him away. Big difference. It is NOT a Woody Hayes deal. Take those blinders off. But he should not have shoved the kid either. Wrong think to do….and I am sure the Florida leadership has already addressed it with him in a serious manner. Just can’t do that.

tenn.DAWG

October 29th, 2012
8:14 pm

No need to look ahead tg, if uf plays that poorly they won’t beat free shoes.

T-Dawg

October 29th, 2012
8:15 pm

Respectfully disagree Tampa….I said to my friend several times that what Pease did was actually really smart. He used his best asset…Gillisslee(sp?) to get you guys to third and short, which would negate the aggressive nature of Grantham and the GA defense on 3rd down and short. However,despite the recent play, GA actually has corners who can cover average to good WR’s. it just seemed like GA made the plays when we needed to.

tenn.DAWG

October 29th, 2012
8:18 pm

Well tg,outside the friendly confines of the gator bowl,with witnesses and on tape,he would be arrested for assaulting a minor.