Here’s what the SEC had to say about that:
Williams’ suspension is the result of a flagrant personal foul which occurred at the 2:08 mark in the third quarter. The action is in violation of Rule 9-1-4 of the NCAA Football Rule Book, which reads, “No player shall target and initiate contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, elbow or shoulder.”
This action is taken in accordance with Southeastern Conference Constitution, Article 4.4.2 (d), which states that a student-athlete may be suspended if it is determined that the student-athlete has committed a flagrant or unsportsmanlike act. [Emphasis added.]
What’s interesting here is that this suspension, unlike those of Geathers and Stewart, was discretionary. As many folks have already noted, the SEC’s response to Williams’ action – and don’t get me wrong, the refs should have flagged him for a personal foul there – doesn’t jibe with its indifference to this set of flagrant/unsportsmanlike acts (which did draw at least one penalty flag).
So is this a sign that the SEC intends to get tougher with this sort of behavior? Or is Franklin just that good at complaining?
One more thing while I’m on my high horse here: why aren’t the officials getting more criticism about how they handled the game? I think it’s pretty clear that both sides were guilty of chippy play that only seemed to intensify as the game went on. Why didn’t the crew chief step in at some point to get the situation under control? Instead, as soon as the clock struck zero, we were treated to the sight of the officials beating a hasty retreat as Franklin started his confrontation kick.