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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Richt says Grantham probably not proud of choke incident

Todd Grantham’s choke sign at the end of the Florida game came up during Mark Richt’s weekly news conference. Richt was aware of the brouhaha around his defensive coordinator.

“I’ll just say that emotions run high and people do things that they probably wish they wouldn’t do,” Richt said. “I think that was what was being communicated. I don’t think he’s necessarily proud of it. We're just gonna learn from it and move on.”

Quarterback Aaron Murray was also asked about it. He said he hadn’t heard about it until an hour before the press conference, but after being apprised didn’t believe it was anything to get worked up about.

“It’s not like he charged the field at the kicker and tried to do something to him,” Murray said. “I don’t think it’s too big of a deal. I think people are making too much of a deal about it. Emotions run high. … It was nothing dangerous or illegal or stupid or anything like that, so I don’t see the big deal about it.”

Plus, that’s just Grantham, a fiery kind of guy, according to Murray.

"I mean during the game this past week, he was getting me pumped up, getting me going, saying , ‘Get in the end zone.’ I love coach Grantham," Murray said. "He has some fire to him. I think the guys love it, I love it personally. He’s yelling and going crazy, it gets me pumped up to see him getting after a defense and getting them ready to go. That’s his mentality and I think it’s awesome.”

A few other notes from Tuesday’s availability:

- Senior receiver Kris Durham will sit out the Idaho State game with a bruised lung, according to Richt.

But Durham shook off the significance of the injury.

“I’m fine. I mean I don’t hurt or anything,” Durham said.

Durham coughed up blood on the sideline after the hit. (He held onto the ball for the catch.)

“I’ve never coughed up blood before, but it’s what happens," he said. "I felt fine. It doesn’t really hurt me to play or anything. I’m gonna continue to play.”

- Richt said he was not going to use the Idaho State game to play any younger players.

“No. My focus is to win these games. Play the best players,” he said. “If they’re freshmen that’s good too.”


B Dawg said...

Grantham gives the choke sign to UF's kicker and the kid splits the uprights.......maybe he should give Gerogia's D the choke sign on third and long.

Anonymous said...

At least Grantham shows a pulse on the sidelines.

Anonymous said...

UGA athletics stooped to a new low anyway. This program is in dire straits. Thugs , arrests , classless and clueless coaches. Its a three ring circus now and I just hope McGarrity will clean this mess up. He has already kicked the volleyball coach into the wind. Hope Richt,Perno and Fox takes notice...

Newt said...

Fox? Really? Careful. You're giving yourself away, anonymous.

Anonymous said...

Who are you Newt ? A wannabe or maybe a Kool Aid Drinker ? Please enlighten us!

Newt said...

Anon- I'm a UGA fan using a handle that anyone who knows me would recognize instantly as me. A UGA fan that found it pretty laughable that you included Mark Fox in with Richt and Perno in your "take notice" comment. All Fox has done in one+ year on the job is spark life into a basketball program that was absolutely dead thanks to Dennis Felton. I found it so laughable that I think it calls your motives and allegiances into question. So, anon, what's your name?

As for Richt, I think he's on notice and will be for the next 13 months, through the end of next season. I don't know if he'll ultimately turn things around, but I'll be stunned if he's not given another year to do so.