After the Georgia and Vanderbilt game, Vanderbilt’s head coach James Franklin and Georgia’s defensive coordinator Todd Grantham got into a shouting match. The SEC is now reviewing the matter.
The SEC asked both schools to submit reports on the heated, finger-pointing exchange between Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin and Grantham. The league indicated a decision on disciplinary action, if any, could come as soon as Tuesday.
Video of the moments following Georgia’s 33-28 win in Nashville on Saturday night show Franklin point toward Georgia safety Shawn Williams, Grantham react angrily and the situation escalate to the point that other coaches and police had to separate the teams.
I watched the game Saturday night and there was some after-plays activity going on between the two teams. There was a number of personal foul penalties – which the SEC is expected to review – including Georgia nose tackle Kwame Geathers, who appeared to punch a Vanderbilt player on the ground.
Franklin said after the post-game spat he explain to Georgia head coach Mark Richt Georgia was “rubbing our face in it right after the game. And then your coach, when I tell him about it, then he goes after me and the fight starts.” Richt said he agreed and apologizes to Franklin.
I expect the SEC to penalize the two coaches, maybe fine them. This isn’t the first time Grantham has gotten “caught up in the heat of the moment.” Last season against Florida, Grantham was caught on camera giving the choke sign to Florida kicker Chas Henry before he nailed a 36-yard field goal in overtime to give the Gators a 34-31 win in Jacksonville.
Grantham needs to learn how to control his emotions. UGA already has an issue with discipline among the players. They don’t need undisciplined coaches too.