Mark Richt Apologizes to James Franklin, Calls Player a Dumbass

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Saturday we posted this video of Vandy Coach James Franklin and Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham’s angry confrontation in the wake of Georgia’s 33-28 victory. Monday afternoon James Franklin appeared on our 3 Hour Lunch radio show and said he couldn’t get into specifics about what he and Mark Richt had discussed or about the report he was preparing for the SEC league office. But then Sports By Brooks posted the below video from Nashville’s WSMV of the post-game handshake between Richt and Franklin.

The audible conversation between the two coaches on the first video sounds like this:

James Franklin: “Yeah, rubbed it in our faces right after the game and then your coach, when I tell him about it, he goes after me and the fight starts.”

Mark Richt: “Yeah, that’s what I thought happened, I apologize.”

But go back and watch Richt as Franklin says, “right after the game,” Richt appears to simultaneously say, “Yeah, he’s a dumbass.”

Which player is Richt talking about? We can’t be certain. But presumably it’s the player that Franklin is complaining about for taunting. Of course Richt could just as easily have been talking about defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. 

Everyone knows that guy’s a dumbass too. And in the second video Mark Richt refers to his defensive coordinator’s actions as “horseshit.” Twice.   

Since the SEC league office features many of the most dedicated readers of OKTC, we’ll humbly introduce this video exhibit as evidence to be included in the report.

In the meantime, other local Nashville sports stations, if you have additional video of the incident, kindly email us. If Sports By Brooks hadn’t gone digging for this, it would have never seen the light of day.

Now thanks to Ian Rhodes of WSMV, we have the unedited video clip of the entire James Franklin and Mark Richt handshake.

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