Earlier this morning, we noted a report that NFL assistant Todd Grantham was on the verge of becoming Georgia’s new defensive coordinator.
To the great relief of the whole of UGA Nation, the school has officially confirmed that report.
According to a press release issued by the school about ten minutes ago, head coach Mark Richt has hired Grantham as his new coordinator, ending a search that had stretched on for nearly seven weeks.
“I would like to thank Coach Mark Richt and Damon Evans for the opportunity for myself and my family to be part of the University of Georgia community,” said Grantham in a statement. “I’m very excited about being part of a staff that will work tremendously hard to return Georgia football to one of the premier teams in the SEC.
“To the fans and boosters of the University of Georgia, I understand the passion and standard of excellence expected. I look forward to developing an aggressive, physical, attacking style defense that offenses will not look forward to playing against.”
Grantham will replace Willie Martinez, who, along with two other defensive assistants, was fired on Dec. 2. Since then, Richt had offered the job to three current coordinators in the college game — Virginia Tech’s Bud Foster, LSU’s John Chavis and Alabama’s Kirby Smart. All three turned down the offer, with the first two receiving tweaks to the contracts at their current schools.
So, it goes without saying that Richt is relieved to have this lengthy process behind him.
“I’m excited the search is over, we have our man, and look forward to what Todd will bring to our defense, our team, and our University,” Richt said. “I think it is particularly valuable that he has a wealth of experience on the defensive side of the ball at both the NFL and collegiate levels. Now we look forward to moving ahead with the home stretch of recruiting, finishing out the defensive staff, and getting ready for spring practice.”
There was no official word on Grantham’s contract, but one report stated he would be the third-highest paid assistant in college football.