Penn Wagers, all is forgiven.

Todd Grantham, expressing his displeasure over yesterday’s Big 12 crew, maybe goes a bit overboard in channeling his inner Saban.

Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham wasn’t thrilled with how the Big 12 officials allowed the game to flow.

“I really appreciate the SEC officials, because when you start looking at the way the game was going — you talk about player safety and tempo, and it’s really a credit to how the SEC does it,” Grantham said. “There were a handful of plays that were the result of a lack of getting lined up or a lack of communication, and it allowed them to make some plays. To me, that’s not what football is all about, but at the end of the day we showed more mental and physical toughness.”

Suck up.


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19 responses to “Penn Wagers, all is forgiven.

  1. TomReagan

    “Suck it up” may have been more appropriate, Senator.

    I’d rather not have Coach Grantham teaching the players how to make excuses.


  2. Bob

    Grantham needs to step it up. That defense has been a major disappointment this year. Someone ran the numbers the other day on Grantham’s three years and Willie’s last three years and in almost every category, Willie won out. That ain’t good.

    No one seems to say much about that, but would rather rag on an OC who’s offenses are consistently among the best in the conference. In general, over the past few years, our problems have been less on offense than on defense and special teams.


    • King Jericho

      Scoring Defense:
      2007 – 20.2 points per game
      2008 – 24.5
      2009 – 25.9
      Average: 23.53

      2010 – 22.1
      2011 – 20.6
      2012 – 19.6
      Average: 20.76

      Also notice those trend lines…


  3. Go Dawgs!

    We finally played a team yesterday that was willing to quick snap the ball to take advantage of the fact that Georgia’s defense can NEVER get organized in pre-snap. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve yelled in frustration to LINE UP! when our defenders are milling about trying to figure out who goes where. Part of it is undoubtedly the fact that the Big 12 officials spotted the ball for play more quickly, but there have been many, many times when the ball was ready to go in our league, too, and our guys can’t get lined up. It cost us several times yesterday. It’s something that we need to get fixed.


    • Hackerdog

      Your bug is Grantham’s feature. Yes, an offense that lines up quickly and snaps it quickly can gain yards against us. But, a defense that lines up at the last second doesn’t give an offense any preview of what to expect. An offense that doesn’t know where Jarvis Jones is coming from is at a decided disadvantage.


  4. SouthGaDawg

    1) Most of the plays in question, our players were drag-assing around so that was our fault.


  5. Spike

    You guys are correct. Our D was, at times, slow and unorganized. It wasnt’ the officials fault.


  6. sUGArdaddy

    If tajh and Aaron come back, that Clemson game I going to be at a break neck pace. We’re both going to try to run a thousand plays.


  7. Krautdawg

    I understand that Grantham had a tough job — first time playing Nebraska’s type of offense AND Nebraska snapped as soon as the ball was set. But blaming the officials because we can’t keep up???

    I get it that Saban has to demand help from the officials because his system depends on his defense being, at worst, even with the opposing offense in both personnel & scheme. Everyone else running effective no-huddle offenses with SEC athletes threatens to destroy the kind of football he dominates at.

    When we complain about officiating, though, we just sound lazy. Eliminate all those defensive personal fouls; eliminate defensive players jawing in Nebraska players’ faces after each play; stop Bama from stuffing run after run down our throats (after we had time to substitute, by the way); stop using a defensive timeout every 1st quarter — THEN we can talk about whether the officiating is hurting us. Until then, though, stop b*tching and get to work.


  8. Will Trane

    Way to go Todd Grantham. Somebody need to say something about that damn sorry ass officiating crew out of the Big 12.
    That was a freaking damn joke in the third quarter. Most freaking viewers do not even understand what they see most times on a field. Offense always has the advantage…change of personnel and packages, snap count, LOS, and resetting the box. That is where CMR blew a gasket on Huskers first TD. The officials allowed Huskers coaches to run past the play clock while they reset the box. Then in third quarter the officials did not allow Dawgs to reset their personnel. SEC officials do give some time for that.
    It is damn not being lazy by the D staff. Remember Dawgs were down a position coach in this game. So lay the hell of TG. They shut the Huskers and Big 12 officiating crew down. And Ogletree put an exclamation point on it at the end of the game.
    Suggest some of you people look and study the damn rules and game a little more before you pipe off!!!!!


    • Heathbar09

      Good call on the play clock in the 1st Q. I noticed that as well. When they tried to show the replay on tv, they had already reset the clock. They screwed it up. Usually refs will let the clock show “00” for a half second before they call DOG. But it was a solid 1 second before they snapped the ball. Missed call that really hurt us at the time.


      • Hackerdog

        My first impression was that the snap came late. But, I ran the play back on my DVR and I think Nebraska snapped the ball right as the clock was running out. It certainly wasn’t any appreciable time afterwards.


    • Krautdawg

      Trane, there’s no rule that specifies how long the officials must wait after spotting the ball before allowing the offense to snap. Section 5 of the NCAA rules simply permits both teams to substitute and prohibits substitutions when the ball is in play. Whether a ready offense has to wait for defensive substitutions is in the officials’ discretion.

      Each conference has made its own determination about how long to wait. We in the SEC have a defensive brand that’s no doubt helped by the fact that our officials give our Ds time to substitute. But we’ve made other adjustments to help SEC offenses ever since Bama & LSU’s field goal parties threatened our ratings — for example, how many times did you see holding called this year in SEC play?

      Grantham isn’t quoting the rules; he’s arguing for the way he thinks the rules ought to be interpreted. We had a Big 12 crew doing it their way, and we got Big 12 results. And even when we had SEC officials giving us time to sub this year, it’s not like we shut down our SEC opponents with any regularity. But I’ll back you up on the DOG call — completely blown.


  9. I also didn’t realize it was legal in the Big 12 for offensive lineman to grab face masks in pass protection and sling a man who beat them to the ground. SEC officiating is terrible, but not like what we saw yesterday.


  10. Will Trane

    Granted UGA has had issues with Wagers and a few others at times over the years. Not only is football best in the SEC, so are our officiating crews.
    Last evening I watched the Northern Illinois – FSU game. That was a SEC crew. The game announcers were very complimentary of the crew and pointed out it was SEC.
    Bowl games. SEC West where are you guys? SEC EAST. Unbeaten!!! Now if UF takes care of busines, the SEC EAST can boast againg how good it is.
    Even the Georgia announcers were lamenting the officiating in the Cap One Bowl and Eric Zier had many complaints in the third quarter as did myself and a few other viewers. But maybe we watched a different game!


  11. my personal opinion

    Me thinks the Senator is really Katherine Richt in real life.