SEC suspends 2 Georgia players, 1 Vandy player
ATLANTA (AP) - The Southeastern Conference suspended two Georgia players and one Vanderbilt player on Wednesday for the first halves of their next games as punishment for incidents in the Bulldogs’ 33-28 win on Saturday.
The suspensions will be served when Vanderbilt plays Army this week and Georgia plays Florida in Jacksonville on Oct. 29.
“It s certainly not representative of the Georgia way,” Richt said in a statement released after the suspensions were announced. “I have always trusted the commissioner’s judgment and understand and accept the decision. We’ll learn as well as grow from this situation and now turn our attention to preparing for Florida.”
The TV station has video of Franklin telling Richt that Williams “comes up, after a tough game talking … to me. Yeah, rubbing our face in it right after the game. Then your coach (Grantham), when I tell him about it, then he goes after me and the fight starts.”
Grantham landed in trouble last year for making a choke sign as Florida lined up for the winning field goal.
Grantham released a statement on Monday in which he stopped short of an apology but explained he was standing up for his players.
“I love my players,” Grantham said. “I appreciate their hard work and investment in our program. I feel a responsibility and loyalty to protect and stand up for them. Also, I feel it is important to educate them on all areas of life.
“While my intentions were genuine, I feel it was unfortunate that things escalated to a confrontation. These actions were not representative of what this institution stands for. However, I will use it as a learning experience for myself as well as my players so that we all become better men.”