Georgia Coordinator Todd Grantham Gives Florida Kicker the ‘Choke’ Signal (Video)

There’s nothing quite like a coach acting like a child and getting bagged on camera.  My guess is Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham won’t be giving the choke signal to an opponent anymore after Saturday’s overtime loss to Florida for two reasons: he now looks like a complete clown, and he was trying to intimidate a 21-year-old college kid who showed how he cared by banging home the game-winning field goal.  Check out the video of Todd Grantham giving Chas Henry the choke gesture, courtesy of Deadspin:

There has been quite a bit of backlash over this already, and I think rightfully so.  Don’t get me wrong — it’s not the end of the world and Grantham doesn’t deserve to be fired.  It’s just one of those things that’s just plain stupid.  Players do stuff like this all the time.  It’s part of the game and you certainly wouldn’t want your child hearing and seeing everything that goes on down in the trenches during a game.  However, doing something like that just makes a coach look idiotic and immature.  Not to mention, Grantham set himself up for a college kid to publicly embarrass him , and that’s just what Henry did.

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Georgia Backed Out of Series with Oregon

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops brought up the point this off-season that teams don’t have much to gain by scheduling difficult nonconference games. Rather, he pointed out that they have much more to lose because the BCS emphasizes record more than strength of schedule, so there’s little upside for a team like them whose Big 12 schedule is already difficult. Georgia’s new athletic director must have the same belief, because he recently agreed with Oregon to mutually cancel a planned home and home series for 2015.

Though the move was termed as a “mutual agreement,” comments from Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity (pictured) indicate it was Georgia who initiated the cancellation. He said about the Bulldogs’ game at Colorado this weekend “We think we’re going a long way this week, try Eugene, Ore., that’s even further. It’s not a lot of fun when you see the itinerary when you get back into Athens at 6 a.m. on Sunday morning like will be the situation this Sunday.”

In addition to not wanting to travel to Eugene, McGarity is in favor of the schedule model that features seven home games and only one tough nonconference game per year. With a game against rival Georgia Tech each year, that doesn’t leave much room for other difficult opponents.

To me, this is typical of the SEC. They have a tough conference schedule so their schools usually aren’t eager to challenge themselves with difficult nonconference schedules or games on the road. This move is also reflective of Georgia’s status as a program. They recently beat Arizona State in a home and home but split with Oklahoma State, losing in Stillwater last year. No longer confident in their abilities and looking to rebuild, they’re trying to set up an easier schedule for themselves.

New, Must Read Details From Damon Evans Arrest

After we posted on Thursday about Georgia Athletic Director Damon Evans being arrested on charges of a DUI, new details about the story were released, as is always the case.  Sports by Brooks — who has been all over this thing since it broke — released two follow-up stories about the incident on Friday.  The first informed us that Evans had a 28-year-old female passenger with him at the time of his arrest, who he later said was a friend of his named Courtney Fuhrmann (pictures of her below).

Evans is married with two children, but I decided to let that slide for the time being and see if it gained anymore steam.  Boy, did it ever.  Brooks’ second follow-up provides some extremely embarrassing details that will probably result in Evans losing his wife on top of his job. Here are the best snip-its from the report, as told by Christian Boone of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

The passenger in Evans’ 2009 BMW, 28-year-old Courtney Fuhrmann, was being “very loud and obnoxious and was obviously intoxicated,” Cabe wrote. Fuhrmann, who Evans called “just a friend” at a press conference Thursday afternoon, was also arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. He told the trooper “there was nothing there” between him and the Buckhead woman, “because he had a wife and family.”

The trooper, who noted that Evans had a pair of red panties in between his legs, asked the athletic director “what her panties were doing in his side of the seat. He stated, ‘She took them off and I held them because I was just trying to get her home.’ “

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Latest DUI: Georgia AD Damon Evans

Allow me to start by once again reiterating that there’s nothing humorous about driving a vehicle while under the influence.  It’s actually kind of sad how obvious it is that these sports figures feel untouchable, resulting in them driving around in the condition we see Georgia Athletic Director Damon Evans in to the right.  However, his mugshot could be one of the funniest I’ve ever seen.  Judging by his face, it was probably a good idea on his part to refuse the breathalyzer. We’ll have to wait for the traffic stop video to throw Evans into the competitive mix with the likes of Tony La Russa and Tom Lewand, but if his mugshot is any indication of his BAC he could give them a run for their money.

Sports by Brooks has come across a comical twist to this particular DUI arrest.  You know how when you go to a game there’s always some sort of player or coach on the video monitor as the messenger for a public service announcement to drink responsibility, not drive, behave, yada yada yada?  That guy for Georgia Bulldogs football happens to be none other than Damon Evans.  Check out the video of Damon Evans DUI prevention public service announcement:

Quality, quality stuff and a great find as usual from Brooks.

Video: Georgia Athletic Director Drunk Driving PSA [SPORTS by BROOKS]

Refs Admit Screwup on Excessive Celebration Call that Hurt Georgia

The Georgia/LSU game on Saturday featured one of the stranger endings of the season. After struggling to score for three quarters, Georgia scored a TD at the beginning of the 4th to make it 7-6. The teams played 57 minutes with only 13 combined points scored, and then they traded touchdowns three times in the final three minutes for a 20-13 LSU win. Georgia actually responded to an LSU touchdown run from Charles Scott with 2:58 left in the game with a touchdown of their own. Georgia scored on a pass from Joe Cox to A.J. Green to make it 13-12 with 1:09 left. At that point Georgia felt pretty good about things but then a spiral of negative events took place. First, they were penalized 15 yards for excessive celebration, forcing them to kick off from the 15. Then they gave up a 40 yard return on the kickoff and two plays later, Charles Scott ran in another TD — the game-winner. Not that we’re going to blame this one on the refs, but the excessive celebration penalty didn’t help them. Here’s the video of the play from Dr. Saturday, and after the video you can read what the SEC officials supervisor is saying.

The SEC has admitted it was the wrong call:

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Georgia Fans Have Creative Posters

Georgia’s quarterback is a senior named Joe Cox. South Carolina’s nickname is the Gamecocks. Put the two in a bottle, shake it up, mix it around, add a creative yet brazen fan, and you get the following funny poster:


I don’t know what it is with those southern fans but they sure come up with some creative posters. I’m not sure which was the best, this, or the Florida Got Nutt’d on, or The Civil War Should Have Been Best 2 out of 3.

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Video: Knowshon Moreno Goes Airborne in Touchdown Run vs. Arizona State

I’ll be quick to admit that I’m not a huge college football fan and that my knowledge and enjoyment of teams and players is far more limited compared to my level of enthusiasm for other sports. That being said, I’m a huge fan of Knowshon Moreno and began to notice his brilliance last year during his freshman campaign. The guy is big, strong, runs fast, runs hard, can juke, can hurdle, can run you over — he’s the whole package. He’s a fantastic collegian and I expect him to be an incredible pro. If you don’t see what I’m talking about, then you need to check out the video of him hurdling the Central Michigan defender in the middle of a run. Well Knowshon just about performed an encore, scoring the first touchdown of the game against Arizona State, a nine-yard touchdown run in the 2nd quarter. Check it:

That dude was parallel to the ground he was so horizontal. He got like four or five feet of air on that one. Was he trying to score a touchdown or was he trying to set an Olympics record in the high jump? Moreno could probably give Adrian Wilson and Joey Gathright a run for their money. Interesting little tid bit: Moreno means “Brown” in Spanish. I think we’re distant cousins.