Much has been written and discussed regarding Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham making a choking signal at Florida kicker Chas Henry before his game-winning field goal last Saturday. One person who it may surprise you believes all of that writing and discussion is a lot of useless hot air? Chas Henry himself :
This is an admirable bygones-by-bygones approach from Henry, who of course already had the last word by making the kick. But when even Bulldog fans are mostly admitting Grantham could have done more to apologize , he really could have done more to apologize; the line between players and opposing coaches has been in place in virtually every sport since sports began, and for a reason. Crossing it should trigger something from Grantham's end other than him simply saying it won't happen again.
“Honestly, it’s just in the middle of a game,” Henry said. “It doesn’t matter. The coach can do whatever. It doesn’t matter at all as far as coaches and repercussions ... It’s one of the most intense rivalries in college football. Stuff like that, it’s not even on the field. It has nothing to do with it. It’s just football.
“I think it’s ridiculous what people are trying to say that he should have to apologize for it or be fined or anything. He’s a great coach. I look at his record. It’s just an intense game.”
But considering Henry's reaction in the heat of the action, it's no surprise he doesn't see Grantham's mistake as worthy of further response:
Frankly, if you're looking for reasons the Gators have gone 18-3 the last 21 years against the Dawgs, you could do worse than the fact that Florida's players are relaxed enough to blow "little smooches" at opposing coaches just before the biggest play of the game, while Georgia's wound up enough that they feel the need to send the entire team onto the field to show how not-wound up they are.
“I see that they’d taken a timeout and I looked over at their coach and I started laughing, like, ‘You’re going to ice me? I’m not even the kicker. You’re going to ice me?’” Henry said today. “So I start looking and I see the guy doing the choke. I look at him again and he does like, ‘You’re gonna choke.’ So I take my helmet off and I gave him a little smooch at him. I blew him a little kiss.
“That might be why he got a little upset about that. Then he did it again.”