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SEC looking into postgame problem

SEC looking into postgame problem

Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 7:02 pm

By TERESA M. WALKER
AP Sports Writer
NASHVILLE (AP) — James Franklin has talked with Georgia coach Mark Richt about a postgame confrontation with Bulldogs defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and is leaving the rest to the SEC.
The league told The Associated Press Monday that it is looking into what happened.
Franklin and Grantham had a heated exchange after Georgia pulled out a 33-28 win on Saturday night when the Vanderbilt coach went looking to shake hands with Richt. The Vandy coach said Monday he talked with Richt on Sunday morning and hopes the Georgia coach appreciated talking to him as Franklin did.
“We have a very, very talented commissioner,” Franklin said.
“They’ll do their job and do what they think is right, and we’ll move forward. I have tremendous respect for the University of Georgia, their program, their history, their coach. We had a hard-fought battle with a lot of passion, a lot of emotion.
“Some things got a little bit out of hand. I know myself, and I don’t want to speak for coach Richt, I like the game to end a little bit differently. Walk off the field and move forward.”
It was a weekend of bad postgame behavior, which included the highly publicized incident between San Francisco’s Jim Harbaugh and Detroit’s Jim Schwartz. Georgia’s Grantham issued a statement Monday saying his actions “were not representative of what this institution stands for.”
This game was physical and emotional with Georgia defensive lineman Kwame Geathers appeared to either push or punch Vandy center Logan Stewart after a play had ended. Georgia was flagged for a personal foul on the play but offset by an illegal block by the Commodores.
At the end, both Vanderbilt and Georgia players spilled out onto the field, and video shows an officer with Franklin pushing Grantham away from the Vandy coach.
By TERESA M. WALKER
AP Sports Writer
NASHVILLE (AP) — James Franklin has talked with Georgia coach Mark Richt about a postgame confrontation with Bulldogs defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and is leaving the rest to the SEC.
The league told The Associated Press Monday that it is looking into what happened.
Franklin and Grantham had a heated exchange after Georgia pulled out a 33-28 win on Saturday night when the Vanderbilt coach went looking to shake hands with Richt. The Vandy coach said Monday he talked with Richt on Sunday morning and hopes the Georgia coach appreciated talking to him as Franklin did.
“We have a very, very talented commissioner,” Franklin said.
“They’ll do their job and do what they think is right, and we’ll move forward. I have tremendous respect for the University of Georgia, their program, their history, their coach. We had a hard-fought battle with a lot of passion, a lot of emotion.
“Some things got a little bit out of hand. I know myself, and I don’t want to speak for coach Richt, I like the game to end a little bit differently. Walk off the field and move forward.”
It was a weekend of bad postgame behavior, which included the highly publicized incident between San Francisco’s Jim Harbaugh and Detroit’s Jim Schwartz. Georgia’s Grantham issued a statement Monday saying his actions “were not representative of what this institution stands for.”
This game was physical and emotional with Georgia defensive lineman Kwame Geathers appeared to either push or punch Vandy center Logan Stewart after a play had ended. Georgia was flagged for a personal foul on the play but offset by an illegal block by the Commodores.
At the end, both Vanderbilt and Georgia players spilled out onto the field, and video shows an officer with Franklin pushing Grantham away from the Vandy coach.
Published in The Messenger 10.18.11

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