(UPDATED BELOW WITH REPORT THAT TODD GRANTHAM HAS SIGNED A THREE-YEAR DEAL.)
All’s almost quiet on the Tech and Georgia defensive coordinator fronts, but probably not as quiet as the Jackets would like.
A couple of blogs back, I told you that Al Groh was suddenly being presented with job options other than Georgia Tech and I even threw out a few potential backup choice for the team’s defensive coordinator vacancy.
Well, with every passing day, this whole Groh-to-Tech scenario looks more fantasy than reality. At the very least, it’s getting crowded.
The New England Patriots are looking for a new defensive coordinator, after Dean Pees stepped down for health reasons. Media speculation immediately began that the Patriots may get into a bidding war for Groh with the Miami Dolphins.
Groh has worked with Patriots coach Bill Belichick in the past, as well as Dolphins vice president Bill Parcells. It should be noted that whereas Miami has interviewed Groh, there has been no word on whether the Pats will talk to Groh (or already have).
Folks, as I’ve stated before, if money is a factor in the Groh negotiations, Tech has no shot. It’s difficult enough for a college team — outside of some programs in the SEC, any way — to hang with the NFL in salary structure. But Tech is especially hamstrung financially. I don’t know if Jackets coach Paul Johnson gave Groh some sort of deadline to sort things out but I can’t imagine it’s much longer.
About the Georgia search: If you missed it, Tim Tucker had a nice summary of the situation with Dallas Cowboys assistant Todd Grantham. If Grantham is Georgia’s guy, it follows that coach Mark Richt is a huge Minnesota Vikings fan this week because the Cowboys won’t release him until they’re out of the playoffs.
(UPDATE: As you might’ve seen in Tim Tucker’s 1:17 a.m. blog — sorry, I was sleeping — Grantham has signed a three-year contract to become Georgia’s defensive coordinator, according to Rivals.com. There has not yet been any announcement from Georgia or the Dallas Cowboys, who have a divisional playoff game this week against the Minnesota Vikings. Stay tuned to this and we’ll update later in the day.)
Since most of the focus has been on two names with the two job vacancies, I decided to put up two polls. Georgia: Would you be happy with Grantham? Tech fans: Would you be happy with Groh?
I’ll check back.