Postgame scuffle: When coaches collide

October 15, 2011 

 

Nashville, Tenn. - Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin and Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham had heated words for each other in the moments after Saturday's game.

Neither discussed what was said. But Franklin said it happened after he sought out Grantham, after Georgia's 33-28 victory.

"We just had a tough, emotional game and some things were said that I didn't think were appropriate," Franklin said. "I went to find (Georgia head) coach (Mark) Richt and didn't find him, so I found one of his assistant coaches and it didn't go well. We're not going to sit back and take it from anyone."

Franklin said he later found Richt and spoke to him.

"I explained to him what happened," Franklin said. "That's for me and coach Richt to deal with. Hopefully we'll learn from that experience. Those things happen."

Grantham, for his part, didn't directly address it.

"Everybody's competitive," Grantham said. "I love my players. I like the way they compete. I love the passion they play with, and I support my players."

And every time Grantham was asked about that, he gave a version of that quote.

 Richt said he didn't see what happened.

"I hate the fact that at the end of the game we can't shake hands and get off the field like gentlemen," Richt said. Later he added: "We are grown men and we all need to act that way. But we're also competitors."

The players appeared to be in the dark on what happened too.

"I was talking to one of the (Vanderbilt) players I know and I turn around and it was a big ol' scuffle, everybody pushing and shoving each other," Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones said. "So I just tried to grab some of my teammates back, I don't know what happened."

The game was chippy in general. Georgia safety Shawn Williams got two personal foul penalties, and in the third quarter Georgia nose tackle Kwame Geathers threw a punch at a Commodore, who also drew a penalty, for offsetting penalties on the play.

"Early on in the game there was a lot of talking going on," Jones said. "Vanderbilt liked to cut (block). On the play with Kwame they got him from behind, so there was no call and Kwame got a little upset. Which he shouldn't have. It got a little heated. But it was a physical game all-around."

"I know all throughout the game emotions were running high, there was a little pushing and shoving here and there," linebacker Ray Drew said. "I don't know if that carried over into the end of the game. But we need to take care of that. We can't lose our composure in a situation like that."

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