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SEC: No public punishment for Franklin, Grantham

Posted on: October 19, 2011 2:24 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2011 2:31 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The SEC has finished "gathering information" on the angry postgame confrontation seen above between Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin and Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. And that information has them to ...

... do nothing at all, at least where any serious punishment is concerned. The league has announced that any disciplinary measures against Franklin and Grantham "will be handled internally" between the two schools and the SEC itself. No suspensions for either coach will be levied.

The incident occurred after Franklin took exception to Georgia players "rubbing our face in it right after the game" (as he told Mark Richt) and appeared to point out Bulldog safety Shawn Williams. He then confronted Grantham over those actions, leading to the shouting incident.

The SEC's decision doesn't come as too much of a surprise since the confrontation never became physical and college football coaches shouting at someone isn't exactly an uncommon occurrence. (Just ask Will Muschamp, who apologized this week for his tirade at the SEC's officials during his team's loss to Auburn Saturday.)

But for both coaches to escape so much as a public reprimand or censure for their actions seems out-of-step with recent league precedent. It wasn't long ago Lane Kiffin was reprimanded twice in the space of a year -- and threatened with suspension -- for critizing officials and discussing Urban Meyer's recruiting efforts. With the SEC's decision regarding Franklin and Grantham, the message sent seems to be that it's unacceptable to air (potentially legitimate) complaints about officials or opposing coaches' recruiting tactics, but screaming directly into the face of an opposing coach and nearly inciting an on-field brawl between the teams? Well, that's not so bad.

In the end, the Franklin-Grantham incident won't be remembered as much more than a tempest in a teapot. But since the next similar incident might lead to more exchanged than just harsh words and pointed fingers, it's confusing to see the SEC take such a lenient approach.

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Since: Oct 19, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 8:27 pm

SEC: No public punishment for Franklin, Grantham

Coach Grantham is to be commended for his actions. He took up for his players. I have always been a CMR fan, but he needs to quit being so quick to turn the other cheek. Stand up for your players and coaches in public, then talk to them in private. CMR, there are not any coaches in college football that I would want my son to be like more than you. Your good morals and character will never be questioned, you need to develop the intensity of Coach G.

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2011 3:06 pm

SEC: No public punishment for Franklin, Grantham

Like we just learned with Harbough and Schwartz, coaches are held to a much more lax standard than are the players.  If any two players had flapped their gums like Harbough and Schwartz did, they would have been fined at a minimum abnd possibly suspended.  Same with college, the poor guy who gets hit low in the legs for Georgia gets suspended but not so the scumbag Vanderbilt coach that defended him.  Both the Georgia player and that mage-scumbag Logan Stewart who tried to hurt the kid are suspended - why not the coaches?

Just like the players and organizations always take the hit for cheating coaches (see Tressell, Neuheisel, Holtz), coaches are almost bullet-proof in the NCAA.

Man I hate double standards.  Weird that the guys supposdly setting the examples have the lower standard.  The NCAA really needs to go away and we should start over.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2011 2:41 pm

SEC: No public punishment for Franklin, Grantham

Not sure what you expect the SEC to do.  I am sure both coaches have been warned about their behavior and that should be enough at this point.  Both coaches feel as though they were protecting their players as there were a few incidents between them during the game.  I will say this about the situation.  It is clear that at least one of the Vandy players pulled a terrible cheat shot on a UGA player.  I am sure that did not sit well with the UGA group, and one cannot blame them for rubbing it in a bit.  If Franklin does not like it, he may want to tell his players to cut the cheat shots, or just win the game. 

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