October 19, 2011

Ready to move on

Both Georgia coach Mark Richt and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham made it clear after practice Wednesday evening they were anxious to move forward after the distractions which have followed the program since last Saturday night's 33-28 win at Vanderbilt.

Earlier in the day, the SEC announced that it was suspending nose guard Kwame Geathers and safety Shawn Williams for the first half of next week's game against Florida due to their conduct in the Commodore game.

The league did not announce any discipline toward Grantham, instead stating that the matter was between the schools and the conference office in Birmingham, Ala.

"To be honest I wasn't sure about anything," said Grantham, who at least not publically, was issued a reprimand by the SEC or UGA. "I've pretty much said what I'm going to say, so I'll stick to that and move forward."

Richt wasn't so forthcoming either, when asked if he could comment further toward the suspensions handed to Williams and Geathers.

"I could, but I'm not going to," Richt said. "Let's talk about football, please?"

Although talk after Wednesday's practice did eventually turn to football, it was not before Richt was asked specifically about the post-game video showing he and Vanderbilt coach James Franklin at the conclusion of Saturday's game.

Although the audio was distorted, it's been suggested that Richt uttered a pair of vulgarities during his answers to Franklin allegedly regarding the action of Williams and Grantham.

"I don't have a comment. I don't think it's worthy of a comment," Richt said. "But I wasn't happy at the end of the game, I can say that.

"The thing I was bothered by the most was, the game's over, it was a great game, let's all go shake hands and say good luck. Can we do that? That's my goal, personally, and that's my goal for this football team and that's the way I want to operate from this point forward."

Richt said he didn't get the feeling during the game that indicated the post-game meeting at mid-field was about to get out of hand.

"Me personally, I did see what happened on Kwame's play, and it was an unfortunate play. But I didn't get the feeling there was a whole lot of that going on as the game was being played. It just got stupid before it was over, unfortunately and we're all going to learn from that, line up and play football."

On the play, Geathers retaliated after being leg-whipped by Vanderbilt center Logan Stewart who was also suspended for the first half of the Commodores' game Saturday against Army.

Television replays in the game also showed Bulldog defensive end Abry Jones getting leg-whipped on a similar play, but Richt offered no comment.

"I'm not going to comment on that," he said. "You can watch the tape and see what you think."

He did understand the suspension of Williams, who was docked the half game after he left his feet to nail a Vanderbilt player toward the back of the head on a play away from the ball. There was no penalty called on the play.

"I think if Shawn didn't leave his feet, I think he would have been in good shape as far as him making that play," Richt said.

Anthony Dasher is the managing editor for UGASports
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