Notebook: Coach’s choke sign draws notice

After Georgia coach Mark Richt tried to ice Florida’s Chas Henry before his game-winning field goal Saturday, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham apparently wanted to drive home the point.

Cable network Sun Sports’ footage from the game shows Grantham on the sideline signaling the "choke" sign – grabbing his neck with his right hand several times.

The incident drew attention Monday because a screen shot was making its way around the Internet.

"Some of their coaches on the sideline were over there giving me a little grief, saying I was going to choke," Henry told CBS’ Tracy Wolfson Saturday after his 37-yard overtime field goal gave Florida a 34-31 win.

Florida coach Urban Meyer said Monday that he heard about the incident, but did not see it.

Grantham and Richt did not speak to reporters on Monday – a day they are typically unavailable to the media.

Bulldogs punter Drew Butler, who is friends with Henry, said he did not hear about the incident.

"I was on the other side of the field when they were down on that end," he said.

King doesn’t need a bye week

Georgia hasn’t gone this far into the season without a bye week since 2006.

No big deal, said tailback Caleb King.

"I had a lot of bye weeks," King said.

King missed two games early in the season with an ankle sprain and two more before the Florida game with a suspension for failing to appear in Walton County court for a speeding ticket.

"It was hard," King said Monday, speaking about the suspension for the first time. "The situation that happened was already settled, but somehow it got brought back up."

King said there was "a miscommunication," because he thought the ticket was taken care of.

"Unfortunately, I had to get in trouble for it," he said. "It was bad timing to get in trouble."

Richt plans to stick with the usual physical full-pads practice today. Georgia is playing its 10th straight game Saturday without an open date.

Restrictions impact Idaho State

Idaho State is 1-7 overall this season and 0-6 in the Big Sky Conference, but that’s just part of the story about what the Bengals are up against this season.

The Football Championship Subdivision team that comes to Georgia for Saturday’s game has scholarship and practice time limitations due to restrictions from its Academic Progress Rate scores, which grade teams on players’ eligibility, retention and graduation.

Idaho State has 56.7 scholarships this season, according to Idaho State assistant athletic director Steve Schaack. FCS (formerly I-AA) schools are allowed 63 scholarships by the NCAA. FBS programs like Georgia are permitted 85.

The Bengals, who won only once in each of the past two seasons, also lost four hours of practice time per week, limiting them to 16 hours of countable time and five days of activity per week.

The 56.7 scholarships are still at the number needed for Georgia to count the win toward bowl eligibility – 90 percent of the total permitted.

In the previous two seasons, Idaho State got its only win of the year in its season finale, but it beat Montana Western 32-3 in this year’s opener.

"I told the team to enjoy the victories, they come hard," coach John Zamberlin said after the game.

Auburn game to air at 3:30 p.m. on CBS

CBS picked up Georgia’s Nov. 13 game at unbeaten Auburn to air nationally at 3:30 p.m.

It’s the Bulldogs second game on CBS in three weeks.

Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Wolfson will be the broadcast team.

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Saturday’s captains: center Ben Jones, end Demarcus Dobbs, linebacker Darryl Gamble and Butler. … Fullback Fred Munzenmaier will wear No. 31 Saturday to honor safety Quintin Banks. A different player is wearing the number each game to recognize Banks, whose career ended because of knee injuries.

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