Georgia and Vanderbilt meet this week in Nashville. The Bulldogs are trying to rally despite a raft of injuries. The Commodores are looking for their first SEC win.
But one story to watch is the rekindling of the fire that once burned between Vandy coach James Franklin and Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. In 2011, Grantham was upset by a Commodore player actions after a 33-28 UGA win:
James Franklin response in his postgame presser set the tone for his program in what was then Year One:
But that was two years ago. The Dawgs pounded Franklin’s Dores 48-3 last year in Athens. The brouhaha of 2011 is ancient history. Right, Mark Richt? Right?
“I don’t know how many guys are still around, but anything we can use to motivate, I’ll be all for that. Right now we’ve got to find a way to get better in blocking and tackling and doing the fundamental things that it takes to win…
There’s an emotional part of the game that you want to get guys in a mental frame of mind where they are excited about playing the game. I don’t know if that will be the thing, but we’ll be trying to figure out something to get them going because it’s been a pretty long haul in between open dates. There’s been a lot of bumps and bruises along the way.”
Hmmm. Sound like this rivalry could get a bit snippy all over again.