Since last night’s Lions-49ers game, and yesterday afternoon’s Tom Coughlin-Greg Schiano bust up, have made post-game sportsmanship — and/or the lack thereof — so topical yet again, how convenient is it that college football’s equivalent happens to be on tap this Saturday?
Last year’s Vanderbilt-Georgia game nearly saw the Commodores upset the Dawgs in Nashville. As you’ll see below, it also nearly saw Vandy head coach James Franklin get his head ripped off by enraged UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. Fortunately, the end result was simply Georgia head coach Mark Richt getting a face full of “whine” from Franklin, but there’s little doubt tensions remain.
And so, of course, at Vanderbilt’s “Media Monday” this afternoon, some reporter was all but obligated to ask Franklin if he’d spoken with Grantham since last year’s incident:
“Yeah, actually our families went on vacation together. Disneyworld. We were floating in the pool together, drinking Mai Tais.”
Cheeky devil, that Franklin, but a fine football coach nonetheless. Will he have the Commodores ready for what I’m sure will be an extra-motivated Dawgs defense in Athens come Saturday? Almost certainly. Will it matter? Probably not.
Vanderbilt occasionally seems to give Georgia fits, even managing to pull off a 24-22 upset, in Athens, as recently as 2006; but I think the Dawgs head into this one as 14 point favorites for a reason. Either way, expect a chippy contest. Especially after the final whistle…