ATHENS, Ga. — Todd Grantham regrets the choke sign he was caught on camera giving to a Florida player. But the Georgia defensive coordinator stopped short of apologizing.
Grantham on Tuesday night made his first public comments since the controversy erupted.
A television feed showed Grantham grabbing at his neck and looking toward the field, just before Florida’s Chas Henry attempted (and made) the winning field goal.
“As a competitor, sometimes you get caught up in the heat of the moment,” he said. “I wish the situation hadn’t happened. It was a tough, hard-fought game. They won it, and I’m ready to move forward and finish out the year strong.”
Grantham confirmed that he has spoken with head coach Mark Richt and Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity about the incident.
“Basically, I’ve talked to both of those people, they’re aware of it, and we’re ready to move forward,” Grantham said.
When asked whether he felt the need to apologize to Henry, Grantham answered, “You know, I’ve kind of basically said what I’m going to say.”
Grantham also declined to say whether he and Henry had engaged in any back-and-forth before the play.
Richt, speaking earlier in the day, indicated no discipline toward his assistant coach.
“I’m aware of it, and I’ll just say that emotions run high and people do things that they probably wish they wouldn’t do,” Richt said. “I think that was what was being communicated. I don’t think he’s necessarily proud of it. We’re just going to learn from it and move on.”
Senior wide receiver Kris Durham will sit out the Idaho State game with a bruised lung, according to Richt said .
Durham suffered the injury in the second half against Florida while making a 19-yard catch.
“That’s the name of the game,” Durham said. “It’s a lot easier to get back up if you caught the ball.”
Durham was coughing up blood on the sideline after the play. But on Tuesday, he shrugged it off.
“I felt fine,” he said. “It doesn’t really hurt me to breathe or anything. I’ll continue to play.”