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Todd Grantham leaving Georgia to take Louisville DC job

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Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has been hired away by Louisville to serve as defensive coordinator for the Cardinals under new head coach Bobby Petrino, ESPN’s Joe Schad reported on Sunday.

He’ll reportedly sign a five-year contract worth $1 million per year.

As recently as Dec. 2, the word was that Grantham would return, but apparently things have changed in the past six weeks.

The Bulldogs finished eleventh in the SEC in scoring defense this past season, allowing 29.8 points per game, which naturally led to speculation that Grantham would be fired after four years in Athens. Fired or not, he’s on his way out (if Schad’s source is correct).

Some Georgia fans will no doubt be glad to see him gone. The question now is whether he can maintain the defensive prowess built up by Louisville under Charlie Strong.

UPDATE (10:17 p.m.): Georgia coach Mark Richt confirmed Grantham’s departure Sunday night.

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13 Responses to “Todd Grantham leaving Georgia to take Louisville DC job”
  1. derekgorgonstar says: Jan 12, 2014 5:17 PM

    I’m not a Georgia fan, but I live in Georgia and follow the Bulldogs. Louisville…….don’t get your hopes up, this guy does less with more.

  2. Charles Olson says: Jan 12, 2014 5:27 PM

    Reblogged this on CHARLESOLSONSPORTS.COM and commented:
    Smart move by Grantham. His seat was already heating up, and he was going to have to hire a new DB coach. Now it’s on Richt again to save himself. Is this the proverbial jumping ship?

  3. pjduffey says: Jan 12, 2014 6:06 PM


    That guy was just not that great. Almost made me feel bad for Richt. Almost.

    One theory at Florida was that once we fired the Manchurian Candidate (a/k/a Muschamp), he would head home to Georgia as the best paid defensive coordinator in the country.

  4. chc4 says: Jan 12, 2014 6:33 PM

    As A UGA fan I can tell you this is great news. The thought of another year of blown coverages followed by postgames quotes about being “so close to turning the corner” was sickening. Whoever the Dawgs get to replace him will be an upgrade.


  5. mrtreyseven says: Jan 12, 2014 7:17 PM

    switched us over to the 3-4 got the athletes to run it and never produced anything both t time we got some things shaken up on the staff… maybe if we can get Bobo at the OC 2 either leave or stop with the timid play calling we might can get our 1st SEC championship since 05

  6. greenwhodat26 says: Jan 12, 2014 7:24 PM

    Dear Coach Payton,

    Did it come down to Rob Ryan and this guy, really? I mean, come on, REALLY? This guy sucks so much that he’s running away from UGA with his tail tucked to work for Bobby Petrino! HAHA thats the worst case scenario for any coach with some sense of dignity.

    What a train wreck this guy would’ve been as the Saints’ DC. Wow…

  7. woebegong says: Jan 12, 2014 8:32 PM

    If he has hope for becoming a head coach, he knew it was not going to happen at UGA, with most likely Bobo, the coach in waiting once Richt retires. His defensive scheme was probably his undoing, since the playbook was almost as thick as the offensive one. The kids had a fair amount of trouble with it, as far as position responsibility for different set ups.
    Maybe he figures Petrino will last his standard 3 years at most and then either mess up, or see grass he thinks is greener on the other side and move on. Then Grantham, might have a shot at HC there depending, on how his defenses do there.
    Bad time for UGA though, with the final push for recruiting before NSD so close.

  8. mrsmell says: Jan 12, 2014 10:09 PM

    Grantham and Petrino. A match made in heaven. Two coaches who know nothing about defense.

  9. bralinshan says: Jan 13, 2014 12:20 AM

    GA fans just hit the lottery. Grantham was horrendous and did nothing as the GA DC…
    In 2012, when GA lost to Bama, Grantham had two 1st round draft choices at LB, a Safety drafted high, and several others that are in the NFL this season…
    GA’s defense was still poor with all that talent, and this year was worse because they were replacing all of the NFL players from 2012.
    His schemes were poor and his players undisciplined in how they played assignments.
    How in the world could Petrino hire a DC as lousy as Grantham? Richt rarely fires a coach and GA fans had to be looking at a terrible defense for years to come…
    This might be Petrino paying back all the UGA/Falcon fans for crapping on the Falcons…Just by taking Grantham off their hands, he’s done them an incredible favor.

  10. floridacock says: Jan 13, 2014 7:56 AM

    Grantham made a smart move. Not only will they pay him more he can inflate his numbers, at least for a year or two, with Strong’s players, in the All Cupcake Conference!

  11. wabbitslayer says: Jan 13, 2014 8:17 AM

    Well, it would be almost impossible for UGA’s defense to get any worse.

  12. microbrewuga says: Jan 13, 2014 8:23 AM


    How true. We are dancing in the streets over this news.

  13. jonkybon says: Jan 13, 2014 2:19 PM

    All Cupcake Conference? Now that’s as pathetic as usual.

    The ACC in 2013 produced:
    The National Champion
    2-0 in BCS Bowl games vs $EC 0-2
    The most ever bowl teams 11 vs 9 for the $SEC *This inflates to 13 if you count Louisville who is now an ACC team and N.D. who will play an ACC schedule.
    The most (okay tied) first team All Americans
    The most (tied) second team All Americans
    The conference with the most NFL Pro Bowlers
    TThe conference that will produce the 2014 #1 overall. No it’s not the Nascar points leading special ed crayon major from the Univ of Second Chances, but Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville (now ACC).

    To those that look at thing objectively, the $EC has been replacedin 2013 by the “All Cup-Cake Conference”.

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