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January 12, 2014

Grantham to be Louisville's defensive coordinator

Georgia has a defensive coordinator to find.

Numerous media outlets report that Todd Grantham is leaving the Bulldogs for Louisville. After spending four seasons as Georgia’s defensive coordinator, he is reportedly taking the same position with the Cardinals, who recently hired Bobby Petrino as their new head coach.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Athens Banner-Herald and ESPN all reported the news. ESPN and the AJC cited sources close to the program, while the Banner-Herald received confirmation from the school. The Associated Press also reported the news.

“We are appreciative of all the contributions Todd has made to our program and wish him nothing but the best,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said Sunday in a statement to the Banner-Herald and the Associated Press. “But at the same time the opportunity to work at Georgia is extremely attractive and there already is, and will be, interest from some very, very outstanding coaches. We have a lot of defensive players coming back, as well as some outstanding defensive recruits, and there’s going to be plenty of interest in coaching them. I’m excited about the prospects of a great defensive coordinator being on board as quickly as possible.”

Grantham’s new contract is for $1 million per year in a five-year deal, according to ESPN’s Joe Schad, who first reported the news. Grantham made $850,000 per year at Georgia in a three-year contract, which was to end at the conclusion of the 2014 season.

With Grantham coaching its defense, Georgia installed a new 3-4 defense and finished 36-18 with two appearances in the Southeastern Conference championship game. However, the Bulldogs didn’t receive an invite to a BCS bowl game during the four-year stretch.

Georgia finished last season 8-5, the worst since 2010, and eighth in total defense with 375.5 yards allowed per game. In 2012, the Bulldogs allowed 357.8 yards per contest despite having seven players get drafted to the NFL last April. Georgia could return up to 10 starters next year.

This is the second coaching change this offseason for Georgia. Scott Lakatos resigned Thursday as the Bulldogs’ secondary coach.

This will be the third defensive coordinator position for Grantham, who held the position with the Cleveland Browns from 2005-2007. Then he coached defensive line for the Dallas Cowboys before coming to Georgia. Grantham started his coaching career in 1990 at Virginia Tech.

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