Watch Vanderbilt center Logan Stewart hunt down Georgia noseguard Kwame Geathers and chop him from behind. Geathers then turns and punches Stewart with his right hand. Both players were suspended for half a game by the Southeastern Conference.
The Wiz of Odds is conducting a comprehensive study of bowl game expense reports. All of the data collected — expense reports for 56 teams and bowl surveys for 40 teams — are being posted on the site. Here is the latest installment. For an overview of the project, click here.
The Liberty Bowl, played in Memphis, Tenn., is registered as a nonprofit but run by a management company headed by Steve Ehrhart, the executive director of the bowl. The first game was played in 1959.
2010 participants: Georgia and Central Florida.
Georgia expenses: Fans were not enthused about making the trip to Memphis to watch a 6-6 team play in the Liberty. The Bulldogs sold only 3,244 tickets and had to absorb 6,756 at a cost of $337,800. Total claimed expenses: $1.44 million. Under other expenses, the school listed NCAA incidentials ($20,160), supplement and benefits ($204,296) and stadium suites ($27,000) for a total of $251,456. The school reported to the NCAA an expense allowance of only $90,400 from the Southeastern Conference. A Georgia official later told The Wiz of Odds that the allowance was $925,000.
Central Florida expenses: The school reported total expenses of $1.68 million. The biggest expense ($858,700 or 51 percent of total expenses) came from 16,277 absorbed tickets. No school in The Wiz of Odds’ study absorbed more tickets. UCF reported selling only 3,723 tickets. Page 3 of the pdf is a detailed breakdown of expenses that UCF mistakenly dated Feb. 21, 2010.
Watch as No. 58 of Central Florida throws a punch at No. 3 of Georgia at the end of Friday's Liberty Bowl, won by the Knights, 10-6. We're not sure of the identities of the players because there are two players assigned each of the numbers on the team rosters.
Update: Central Florida coach George O'Leary says Georgia player Washuan Ealey started it all. According to O'Leary, the Bulldog running back shoved Knight defensive end Troy Davis after the game.
More videos have surfaced of cheap shots delivered by Auburn's Nick Fairley to Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray during Saturday's game at Auburn. The top video shows Fairley using his facemask to cut Murray's chin after a pass in the first quarter.
Take a closer look at the video below to see exactly how Fairley cut Murray. Sneaky stuff. The guy knows all the tricks. Thanks to Sports by Brooks.
Murray also suffered a "pretty deep bruise in his chest" and a bruised left knee, according to Bulldog coach Mark Richt. He is expected to return for the Bulldogs' game against Georgia Tech on Nov. 27.
After the jump is video of Fairley driving Murray into the ground. Georgia players finally retaliated and the teams scuffled near the end of the game. Tiger defensive linemen Mike Blanc and Michael Goggans were ejected after throwing punches and under NCAA rules, they must sit out the first half of Auburn's next game, which happens to be a biggie — at Alabama on Nov. 26. Fairley, meanwhile, goes unpunished.
Georgia center Ben Jones chops Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox while the players were casually following a play in the closing minutes of Saturday's game at Starkville. Although you can't fully see the act on the video, Georgia's Mark Richt and Mississippi State's Dan Mullen are clearly upset, with Richt — to his credit — ripping into Jones as the player returned to the sideline.
Readers Rob and Robbie both sent us messages after having watched it while in attendance at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field. Robbie writes that Jones not only should have ejected, but "suspended for at least 2 more it was so nasty."