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SEC 'gathering information' on Vandy-UGA incident

Posted on: October 17, 2011 1:18 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The heated verbal exchange between Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin and Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham following Saturday's Bulldog victory might result in more than just a round of apologies and finger-wagging.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reported that the SEC league office is "gathering information from all parties" on the incident, according to SEC spokesman Charles Bloom. Both schools have been asked to submit written reports providing their account of the situation. The conference could issues reprimands or even suspensions on those involved "parties," though Bloom added that it was "too early to comment" on any possible sanctions from the league.

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity told the AJC that he has met with Grantham face-to-face to review his actions. "Obviously the conduct that was displayed was not representative of how we want to conduct ourselves," McGarity said.

The incident apparently began with Franklin gesturing towards a Bulldog player that may have been safety Shawn Williams; Franklin said afterwards he wanted to confront Mark Richt with a complaint but found Grantham instead. The exchange between the two escalated into the image above and nearly sparked an on-field brawl between the two teams.

Richt said Sunday he had spoken to Franklin and regretted the incident. "I just think that tempers were hot [and] it was a very heated ballgame ... for everybody," he said. "[P]ersonally, I like it at the end of a ballgame when everybody can just walk across the field and shake hands and say good luck for the next one. Unfortunately, it didn't happen this ballgame."

Franklin apologized for the confrontation, with Grantham saying he wished things had gone differently ... while stopping short of issuing an apology. His statement to the AJC:
“First of all, I love my players and appreciate their hard work and investment in our program. I feel a responsibility and loyalty to protect and stand up for them. However, I feel it’s important to educate them in all areas of life. While my intentions were genuine, I feel it was unfortunate that things escalated to a confrontation. However, I’ll use it as a learning experience for myself as well as my players so that we all become better men.”
Grantham's repeated emphasis that was was "standing up" for his players suggests that Franklin may have had something less-than-complimentary to say about the Bulldogs' performance (which included a punch thrown by nose tackle Kwame Geathers). But whatever Grantham's motivations, it's doubtful Mike Slive is happy--and if he's really unhappy, Grantham or Franklin could find themselves out a paycheck.

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Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: October 17, 2011 4:03 pm

SEC 'gathering information' on Vandy-UGA incident

  that's just how the schedule works out this year, idiot.  conference games are scheduled years in advance.  the dawgs probably won't make it to atlanta anyway.  and to answer your stupid question- pretty much every year, except for the past two or three, the sec west has been the joke of the conference, so lsu has had a cake walk to the championship.  eat a deek.

Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: October 17, 2011 3:00 pm

SEC 'gathering information' on Vandy-UGA incident

The target audience should be college football fans.  Most people outside of the SEC would not know who Slive is and a good percentage of people who follow SEC football wouldn't be able to name him either.  I agree with the first writer.  Making reference to someone usually includes who they are. 

And just for good measure, it's not like the commissioner of the SEC is well known.  The conference ignores most player violations and hides behind excuses.  This guy may be one of the least known people in college football and clearly that's how he prefers it.  And it's easier to manipulate the BCS if you stay behind the scenes.

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: October 17, 2011 2:59 pm

SEC 'gathering information' on Vandy-UGA incident

Check out grantham's history with the cleveland Browns.  Richt better watch his back.  
   Grantham was a coach on Romeo Crenell's staff.  Grantham thought Romeo was about to be fired and called a secretive meeting to organize the staff, thinking he would be named interim.  Crennel didn't get fired that time, found out about the secret meeting, and canned Grantham

Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: October 17, 2011 2:56 pm

SEC 'gathering information' on Vandy-UGA incident

Typical thuga conduct.  Richt has no control over players or coaches. 

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: October 17, 2011 2:52 pm

SEC 'gathering information' on Vandy-UGA incident

NCAA had a hand in the AJ suspension.  Grantham is a joke.  The mighty Bulldogs of UGA's SEC wins are over the powerhouses of Miss St, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Vandy.  They lost to the only decent team in the SEC East, South Carolina (who has just lost its best player for the remainder of the year).  UGA doesn't have to play Alabama, LSU, or Arkansas.  Has any team EVER had an easier path to the SECCG?

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2011 2:50 pm

SEC 'gathering information' on Vandy-UGA incident

sloppy writing
the writer refers to people like some guy named Mike Slive, but doesn't say who they are.  Is he a governor of Georgia, or Tennessee?  Is he with the BCS?  Is he an athletic director for one of the schools?  Maybe he is commissioner for or NCAA representitive for the SEC.  Either way, 99% of your readers have no clue who he is, so please do a better job of explaining who you are writing about.

Thank you, Wolf Blitzer.     Your journalistic critique is beyond reproach.   However, this is a football story - about SEC teams - so the target audience is likely to realize that Mike Slive is SEC Commish.   

I don't see the NY Times referring to Barack Obama as the President of the USA. 

Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: October 17, 2011 2:43 pm

SEC 'gathering information' on Vandy-UGA incident

His target readers are SEC fans and 99% of us know who Slive is.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: October 17, 2011 2:39 pm

SEC 'gathering information' on Vandy-UGA incident

pretty sure there are rules at georgia also! aj green 4 game suspension mean anything?

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: October 17, 2011 2:38 pm

SEC 'gathering information' on Vandy-UGA incident

"LOOSE CANNON" is obviously a relative term! Maybe he overreacted a little, but pretty sure it takes two to tange!

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: October 17, 2011 2:21 pm

Loose Cannon

that ga coach is out of control---I think he's the guy that was doing the choke sign to a florida player last year.  but, at georgia there are no rules--just win baby!!

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