Georgia coach Mark Richt didn't see what originally started the shouting match between Vanderbilt coach James Franklin and UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham after Saturday's 33-28 Georgia win, but when Franklin recounted the story, Richt didn't seem the least bit surprised.
A video taken by WSMV-TV in Nashville caught Franklin telling Richt that a Georgia player was taunting him about the victory and that when he went to tell Grantham about it, the whole situation escalated.
"(A Georgia player) rubbed it in our faces after the game," Franklin told Richt about the incident. "And then, your coach, when I tell him about it, then he goes after me and the fight starts."
Richt replied with, "That's what I thought happened. I apologize."
From the original video, it looked like Grantham is the one who got heated in the exchange with Franklin. He pointed his finger in Franklin's face and ultimately had to be separated by a couple different people, including a Vanderbilt player.
Grantham issued a statement through the Georgia athletic department regarding the incident:
"I love my players. 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."
Grantham did talk with Richt and Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity and the SEC is reviewing the incident to determine whether some sort of punishment needs to be handed down.
Richt's lack of surprise (and lack of defense for his coach) shows that he's not exactly surprised by Grantham's behavior. And why should he be? This is the same assistant who did the choke sign and yelled "You're gonna [bleepin'] choke" to the Florida kicker last year.