Threepac Daddy Posted November 1, 2010 Share Posted November 1, 2010 (edited) Did Todd Grantham’s competitive spirit just push him over the line. Or is there a simple explanation for this picture?Grantham, Georgia’s defensive coordinator, was shown seemingly giving the “choke” sign before Florida’s Chas Henry lined up to attempt a winning field goal in Saturday’s game in Jacksonville. Attempts to reach Grantham since this morning have been unsuccessful. Georgia sports information director Claude Felton said Grantham has been in meetings all day and can’t be reached. We’ll have an update later, hopefully with a comment/explanation from Grantham or coach Mark Richt.A TV screen grab from the Florida sports cable network “Sun Sports” shows Grantham on the sideline, looking out onto the field, with his hand on his throat. The scoreboard graphic indicates that the game is tied 31-31 in overtime and has the words, “36 yard FG attempt,” which is when Henry and the Florida field goal team were on the field. Henry made the kick and the Gators won, 34-31. The photo has been circulating on Florida fan message boards.Now, it would be understandable if Grantham thought, “Choke!” or “Miss it!” in his head. It wouldn’t even be surprising a Georgia player yelled, “Choke!” or grabbed his neck.But for a 44-year-old college coach to be grabbing his neck when a 21-year-old is lining up for a field goal? That would be a bit much. It would be over the line — certainly not to the point of when Woody Hayes punched a Clemson player in the 1978 Gator Bowl, but excessive nonetheless.As if Florida needed any more motivation in this series, right? The Gators have dominated for the last two decades (winning 18 of 21). The only Georgia win since Urban Meyer arrived in Gainesville came in 2007, when the entire Bulldogs team left the sideline to celebrate a touchdown in the end zone. The Gators used that and the loss itself as motivation for the following year when the teams met again. Florida won 49-10.Grantham was hired from the Dallas Cowboys to replace the fired Willie Martinez and given a three-year contract worth $750,000 per year. The Dogs rank sixth in scoring defense and fourth in total defense in the SEC. They allowed 31 points to a Gators team had scored only one touchdown in a 10-7 loss to Mississippi State.http://blogs.ajc.com/jeff-schultz-blog/2010/11/01/did-grantham-give-florida-kicker-the-choke-sign/ Edited November 1, 2010 by Threepac Daddy Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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