SEC’s Slive and Vanderbilt’s Franklin: Ridin’ Dirty

Wednesday I posted video of a vicious, blindside clip by Vanderbilt offensive lineman Logan Stewart on Georgia defensive lineman Kwame Geathers during UGA’s 33-28 win over the Commodores in Nashville last Saturday.

James Franklin Explains Logan Stewart Clip of Kwame Geathers

Despite Stewart’s dirty play, which included a 10-yard run-up, the Vandy player was given the same, subsequent punishment by SEC Commissioner Mike Slive as Geathers. (Geathers reflexively retaliated with a single punch attempt before walking away from Stewart on his own.)

Each player will miss the first half of his next game - Stewart against Army and Geathers against Florida.

Slive’s unwillingness to issue a more severe punishment to Stewart, who engaged in perpetrating a play that could have easily, and seriously, injured Geathers, is nothing new for the SEC Commissioner but no less indefensible.

Unless of course, you’re Vanderbilt football coach James Franklin.


Wednesday Franklin, like Slive, engaged in an opposite day evaluation of Stewart’s blatantly dirty play:

“I think when you watch the tape, Logan, you can see he was running and he was trying to get his hat across (the front of Geathers’ legs). There was a point where, in my opinion watching the tape, he wasn’t going to be able to get his hat across and he should have pulled off and he didn’t. We explained that to him and we explained that to the rest of the team.”

If I, like Franklin and Slive, had a dirty job that nobody wanted maybe I’d feel the same way.

Photo: An SEC Investigation In Progress (Nick Saban, Mike Slive, Cecil Newton, Mark Emmert)

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Intent To Injure Gets Green Light From SEC’s Slive

Today Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive suspended Vanderbilt center Logan Stewart and Georgia defensive tackle Kwame Geathers for the first halves of their next games.

Logan Stewart Clips Kwame Geathers From Behind

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The punitive action was a response to an altercation between the two during Georgia’s 33-28 win over Vanderbilt in Nashville on Saturday. From that incident, SEC Commissioner Slive decided that Stewart will miss the first two quarters of Vandy’s game against Army this Saturday and Geathers will do the same in Georgia’s game against Florida in Jacksonville.

While there’s no excusing Geathers for briefly retaliating after Stewart applied a vicious, blindside clip that clearly targeted the knees of the UGA DT, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who would’ve reacted any differently than Geathers did.

Stewart’s move to collapse the knees of the towering Georgia defensive lineman with a chop block - following a 10-yard sprint behind the play - certainly indicated an intent to injure on the part of the Vanderbilt offensive lineman. And there’s not a college football player alive who wouldn’t have had the same, reflexive retaliatory reaction as Geathers if they were targeted for such a dangerous, dirty play.

(Watch Stewart give a “thumbs-up” after clipping Geathers)

Stewart knew full well that perpetrating such an act could easily end the football career of Geathers, but he did it anyway. In a blatant, premeditated way.

What kind of message does it send when Slive sentences Geathers to the same amount of sideline time as Stewart?

That if a victim responds to being wronged, no matter how serious the crime, he gets the same sentence as the instigator who tried to injure him.

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