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Richt says he has addressed postgame skirmish
Georgia coach Mark Richt and Vanderbilt coach James Franklin meet after Georgia's win on Saturday. Franklin and Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham exchanged heated words after the game. - photo by Donn Jones | Associated Press

ATLANTA — Coach Mark Richt said Sunday he has talked with all Georgia players and coaches who were involved in heated exchanges on the field after the Bulldogs' 33-28 win at Vanderbilt on Saturday, but didn't say if he would impose any punishment.

"I've addressed it with everybody involved," he said.

The win pushed Georgia (5-2 overall, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) into Sunday's Top 25 at No. 24.

As the teams headed toward the middle of the field, Vanderbilt coach James Franklin exchanged terse words with Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

Grantham landed in trouble for his sideline antics last year when he was seen making a choke sign as Florida lined up for the winning field goal last year.

As Grantham and Franklin exchanged words, players had to be pulled apart by coaches and Vanderbilt police.

A Vanderbilt player, Austin Monahan, helped to separate Franklin and Grantham.

Richt said he reviewed the postgame scene.

"I saw it," he said. "I just think tempers were hot. It was a very heated ballgame, a very close ballgame, very emotional ballgame for everybody. It was just a situation where I'm sure words were spoken and that kind of stuff.

"When you look at the big picture, it sure wasn't a pretty scene, but it could have been a lot worse than it was."

Richt said he hopes he doesn't hear from the SEC about the incident.

"I've not been contacted in any way on those issues and hopefully we won't," he said.

Richt was clear in saying he did not approve of the scene.

"We all know that we want to do things a certain way and we want to be able to keep our poise throughout the ballgame, too," he said.

"For me personally, I like it when coaches can walk across the field and shake hands and say good luck next time."

There was a similar scene in the NFL on Sunday, when two head coaches — San Francisco's Jim Harbaugh and Detroit's Jim Schwartz — had to be separated more than once.

Richt said he also spoke to his players about too much "chirping" after plays.

"Let's just play football," Richt said. "But as we know it is a very physical game."

Georgia has an open week before playing Florida in Jacksonville on Oct. 29.

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