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Louisville to pay Todd Grantham nearly $1 million in 2014

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Prying a defensive coordinator away from an SEC football program didn’t come cheap for Louisville.

By way of a public records request, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported Monday that new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham will earn $975,000 in 2014.  As Georgia’s coordinator in 2013, Grantham pulled in$850,000.

In mid-January, it was officially announced that Grantham would be a part of Bobby Petrino’s second first staff with the Cardinals.

Last season, Grantham was fifth among all FBS assistant coaches in total pay; his UofL salary would’ve put him fourth.  This year, however, he will be the sixth-highest paid, at best.  After earning $600,000 in 2013, LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron‘s pay jumps to $1.3 million in 2014 and then $1.5 million in 2015.  Additionally, new Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin is expected to exceed $1 million in annual pay when the details of his three-year contract are released later this offseason.

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris, for those interested, was the highest-paid assistant last season at $1.3 million.  Alabama’s Kirby Smart at just a shade over $1.15 million was the highest-paid defensive coordinator.

One final note from the Courier-Journal: Petrino’s two coordinators — Grantham and offensive coordinator Garrick McGee  – will make $1.625 million; Charlie Strong‘s coordinators made just over $1 million in his last season with the Cardinals before leaving for the Texas job.

(Tip O the Cap: the Athens Banner-Herald’s Marc Weiszer)

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6 Responses to “Louisville to pay Todd Grantham nearly $1 million in 2014”
  1. woebegong says: Apr 22, 2014 8:09 PM

    I hope he does a better job than he did at Georgia. I never saw a more confused bunch of kids on the field with his multiple defensive alignments. There appeared to be a lot of disconnect between the players and this coach. I don’t believe they are sorry to see him gone. I know UGA fans aren’t.
    I think he is best suited for the NFL.

  2. bonerchamp says: Apr 22, 2014 9:07 PM

    For what?!? Dude had a loaded defensive roster 2 years ago and did jack with it.

  3. shaunodame says: Apr 22, 2014 9:12 PM

    If any of these Coaches deserve their respective salaries it’s Chad Morris, imo. That offense is almost 100% his doing. Dabo runs the defense and Morris runs the O. If anything he should carry the ever ambiguous title of Associate Head Coach.

  4. sportsguy3434 says: Apr 22, 2014 9:32 PM

    Bobby needs a legit DC. His approach to defense is usually more offense.

  5. thefiesty1 says: Apr 22, 2014 9:57 PM

    Nice career move for Morris. Just a few years ago he was just a high school coach at Lake Travis. I don’t think they paid him quite that much.

  6. irishdodger says: Apr 22, 2014 11:11 PM

    Grantham was the Les Miles of DCs. No coach did less with more on the defensive side. He had phenomenal athletes but all they could do was rush the passer. No run stop whatsoever.

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