Florida still miffed over Georgia celebration
HOOVER, Ala. - Forget about Florida and Georgia not thinking about each other until late October, the smack-talking has already begun.
Apparently the bitterness over Georgia's end zone celebration after their first touchdown in last year's win over Florida is still lingering. Well, Florida's bitterness lingers.
Florida coach Urban Meyer was quoted on Thursday as saying he's still angry about the Bulldogs' rushing onto the field in a mass team celebration after scoring the first touchdown last season. He's also quoted in a new book as saying he'll handle it when the teams meet this season.
On Thursday, Georgia coach Mark Richt again tried to explain that what happened was not a planned celebration, and that the players misunderstood what he meant by a team celebration. He said it was not a deliberate shot at Florida, and that he called Urban Meyer the following day to explain and apologize.
But when told that Meyer was quoted in a book still fuming about the incident, and asked if the incident had intensified the rivalry, Richt fired back.
"I don't think there's any doubt it's intensified the rivarly, but what really intensified the rivalry is that we won, okay? I mean that's the reality. People want to talk about streaks in that game. The way I see it, we won last year. We won two out of the last four. And if you want to start going back to history, you might as well go back to the beginning of the history of the series and see where Georgia is there.'' (Georgia leads the overall series).
As for the Nov. 1 game, the Bulldogs expect Florida to have something up their sleeves. Their attitude? Bring it. "We know they are going to be gunning for us after the celebration last year, which we did not plan,'' senior Jeff Owens said. "It wasn't planned. But we know they are going to have something coming up for that game. But that's why you play 60 minute football.''