At least we won’t have any Grantham-on-the-hot-seat talk next season!

Todd Grantham is on his way to Louisville. (AJC file)

Todd Grantham is on his way to Louisville. (AJC file)

You’ve probably seen that UGA has confirmed reports that Todd Grantham is leaving to take the defensive coordinator’s job under Bobby Petrino at Louisville. The words “getting while the getting’s good” immediately come to mind.

Lots of speculation on possible replacements, with former Texas DC Manny Diaz mentioned by a lot of folks. I just hope the search doesn’t drag out like it did when Grantham was hired. With signing day for recruits less than a month away, having someone already on board would be a big plus.

And at least other schools won’t be able to continue telling recruits, “Well, you know Grantham’s likely to be gone next year anyway.”

So, feel free to celebrate, vent, speculate, whatever …

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575 comments Add your comment

Bulldawg35

January 12th, 2014
9:24 pm

Flo- ri- duh

UGA will not hire a Yankee as our DC….that’s not happening bud!

Bulldawg35

January 12th, 2014
9:25 pm

Naw..your hubby does that! Lmao!

Macclenny_dawg

January 12th, 2014
9:25 pm

If Richt was smart he would hire Zook. He knows recruiting, defense, and has coached special teams. He isn’t currently coaching and stated he missed it. There is NO WAY we get Smart, or Narduzzi. Both want to become head coach. If Smart was to take job it would secure Richt leaving smart no chance to get his dream job of head coach of UGA. Narduzzi would be coaching suicide because he has a good defense where he is. Here maybe he makes good defense maybe not. If not no chance of a head coaching job. So y’all can forget a big name hire. Plus they would want to bring in their guys and no way Richt lets anybody go unemployed.

Gutrake

January 12th, 2014
9:25 pm

3.5″,

That’s the most salient point you’ve made since you chose strawberry ice cream as your favorite…

Gutrake

January 12th, 2014
9:26 pm

Bulldawg35

January 12th, 2014
9:26 pm

I couldn’t care less about the A- Rod story…..they should ban baseball all together!

Bulldawg35

January 12th, 2014
9:26 pm

So selah is your hubby’s name?

Great Scott 13

January 12th, 2014
9:27 pm

His heart wasnt in it . How many times was he amped up this year ? We will be ok this year Dawg Nation .. GATA

Flo- Ri- Duh

January 12th, 2014
9:27 pm

BS35 (aka Milk Dud) -Where did you get this law that they had to interview 3 people and wait two weeks?
That’s silly! Sounds like a bunch of commie neo nazi’s in the gub’ment!

Bulldawg35

January 12th, 2014
9:28 pm

Macc

I usually agree with you…but UGA doesn’t want a fired former gator Yankee that’s now a banker!

Bulldawg35

January 12th, 2014
9:29 pm

Flo-ri- duh

They can hire somebody tomorrow but they can’t post it for two weeks!

JB at home

January 12th, 2014
9:31 pm

Got a feeling Gutrake is a Techie, and it may be Buckeye, who is a drive by troll who has gone underground since the Buckeye’s self destructed.

Bulldawg35

January 12th, 2014
9:32 pm

JB

Lol! Hahahahahaha!

Flo- Ri- Duh

January 12th, 2014
9:33 pm

Todd Grantham was born in Virginia just a few miles from Disney North aka D.C. He’s pretty much Yankee BS35 (aka Milk Dud) but who cares? The Dawgs secondary coach was from Connecticut.

STUDENT ATHLETE

January 12th, 2014
9:35 pm

You mean Georgia had a defensive coordinator?

TMC DAWG

January 12th, 2014
9:35 pm

HEY YOU People ,You have to realize who the Ad and Coach is here. They will hire a no name guy and the beat will go on. Nothing but MEDROCITY at best. I will be the first to admit when I am wrong, but I do not see a bid splash being made here. That is the MCGARITY RICHT way!!!!!!!!!!!!!

short memories

January 12th, 2014
9:39 pm

Glad Grantham is gone. McGarity and Richt won’t be able to blame him so I hope that means we are closer to having Richt retire. Wish another team would steal Richt away but we will have to wait for him to go. McGarity will look even worse next year after a miserable season. Richt will eventually bring McGarity down with him.

That70sGAdawg

January 12th, 2014
9:40 pm

Please come home Kirby!! Make him “Head Coach in waiting” and DC, so one day Richt can retire to do mission work.A win for UGA and the world!

Flo- Ri- Duh

January 12th, 2014
9:40 pm

Narduzzi currently makes around $550,000 per year at Michigan State (28th among DC’s) Grantham was paid $850,000. It has been reported that Bobo is soon to get a pay raise. Kriby Smart make $1.3 mil per year. DOUBLE Narduzzi’s salary and put in a $2 mil buy out clause to keep him around for a while. He should jump at it.

Dennis

January 12th, 2014
9:41 pm

Hire Ed Orgeron @ $1.5 million/year and let’s get this over with. Guy can recruit like no one’s business, and combined with rest of staff’s recruiting, UGA could be awesome, especially on defense. Orgeron had Southern Cal playing lights out after he took over as interim HC. The guy is a motivator.

Flo- Ri- Duh

January 12th, 2014
9:42 pm

Kirby Smart is hooked at the hip with Saban… ain’t going NOWHERE. Forget it!

BIG DAWG

January 12th, 2014
9:44 pm

Bulldawg35

January 12th, 2014
9:51 pm

Flo- ri- duh

My bad I forgot about them being yankee’s! Lol! I hope UGA hires the best DC!

Bulldawg35

January 12th, 2014
9:53 pm

Flo- ri- duh

It’s a georgia state work law! I read about the law years ago….it could be changed by now….but somebody will have too prove me wrong!

Lame kitten

January 12th, 2014
9:59 pm

SC Dog fan

January 12th, 2014
10:00 pm

If we hire Manny Diaz I’m quitting my job and moving to Texas.

Hairy Dawg

January 12th, 2014
10:08 pm

We dont want no Granny Holtz specially after he coached the sorry chickens of SCar.

SC Dog fan

January 12th, 2014
10:09 pm

Strike that, I’m throwing something out of one of my upstairs windows!

BankerDawg

January 12th, 2014
10:17 pm

So Lakatos and Grantham are gone. This is a positive for GA in many ways. However, I think this is Richts biggest coaching decision of his career. When Vangorder left he promoted his best friend and college roommate Willy Marrinez. That decision in itself should indicate that Richt’s instincts and “process” for hiring assistants is wrong and deeply flawed. With Willy and Grantham at the helm we have seen a huge drop off and haven’t recovered. So here we are. Richt is solely responsible for where we’ve been and where we will go next. Pay attention fans. This hire will tell you all you need to know about where Richt’s head is, his ability to elevate this program, and turn the tide back toward being a true national championship contender.

I don’t know who the “right” guy is but he damn well better be the “right” guy or Richt won’t get another chance. This is it for him.

erkrussell

January 12th, 2014
10:19 pm

First off, thank you Petrino. It’s the least you can do for Dawg/Falcons fans.

I say, open up the checkbook and raid the entire Michigan State defensive staff. Come one, come all and bring the NO FLY ZONE with you.

ShowMeYurTD's

January 12th, 2014
10:25 pm

Scapegoat Martinez …..scapegoat lactose……scapegoat grantham……the buck stops at CMR, can’t you people see that. Same old same old….I’ll eat my words if we get Mich St DC….sadly not gonna happen…..GO DAWGS!

ShowMeYurTD's

January 12th, 2014
10:25 pm

Oh yeah,,,,,,,,THANK YOU LOUISVILLE…..wooooo hooooo

Mobile Dawg

January 12th, 2014
10:29 pm

Guess continuity just got blown out the window.

Tired Dawg

January 12th, 2014
10:32 pm

What do you guys think of Lorenzo Ward?

Chuck UGA

January 12th, 2014
10:40 pm

Hoping Olivadotti and Wilson stay on and get serious consideration. If not, bring in a defensive genius with a track record and pay the money Mr. McGarity. Time is running short on Richt’s time in Athens.

BigWally

January 12th, 2014
10:42 pm

I think Gutter rat has been on too many motorcycle rides with Petrino.

DawginColorado

January 12th, 2014
10:48 pm

BankerDawg – “When Vangorder left he promoted his best friend and college roommate Willy Marrinez. That decision in itself should indicate that Richt’s instincts and “process” for hiring assistants is wrong and deeply flawed.” Then how in the world did he hire Van Gorder in the first place? BVG was a damned good DC for us. Seems like Richt got that one right didn’t he?

Ever wonder if he just thought that Martinez was actually ready for the job? It’s nearly impossible to tell until somebody is actually doing the job. Has anybody ever given any thought to the fact that perhaps the real problem was Damn Evans might have been too tight with the purse strings and Richt knew he couldn’t get any one else without being able to pay them?

We got turned down by Smart, Foster and Chavis…all because they got raises to stay put. It was only after those fell through for obvious low ball bids that he hired Grantham for more than what they had been offering those 3.

We’ll see what happens in the following days.

gmandawg

January 12th, 2014
11:02 pm

As long as CMR is there, it won’t matter who is hired as DC. You are not going to see an SEC or NC championship until CMR is gone.

HotDawg

January 12th, 2014
11:27 pm

Ask kirby smart again.
Or wait for will muschamp to get fired next year.

HotDawg

January 12th, 2014
11:31 pm

Does any school play defense anymore, except maybe mich st?
Possibly look up there for an unknown defensive genius in the making.

Breaking Dawg News

January 12th, 2014
11:31 pm

Fact: regardless of views posted by non- athletic professionals, CMR is, by standards, an above average football coach who is committed to his principles, personal family priorities, and a level of ethics (probably increasingly unique).

With future years never to return to the era in which CMR grew and respected, he is job- hunting and arranging deals for those under him before he announces his retirement after signing day.

Bobo interim HC (with extension).

HotDawg

January 12th, 2014
11:35 pm

To the comment above…..shutup you idiot.

Hairy Dawg

January 12th, 2014
11:43 pm

Coach Richts not leaving. Why he do that when Christian thing is to stay with Dawgs. Coach Richt far to loyal to do something like leaving.

CTG was one awful experiment

January 12th, 2014
11:44 pm

We lost three years and a lot of football games BECAUSE of LOUSY UGA D.

Now, with the right hire, maybe, just maybe UGA can begin to heal.

The last three of four or five years for UGA have been MOSTLY HUGE disappointments.

PLEASE do not say “5 yards from the MNC”. That is stupid.

UGA alum, class of 71& 73

BankerDawg

January 12th, 2014
11:45 pm

DawgInColorado: It’s hard for be to fathom that the reason Richt promoted Willy was because Damon Evans (former GA player) was too right with the purse strings. I guess it could have happened that way, but I don’t think it’s likely. My contention has always been that Richt was trying to build his legacy in the mold of Bowden, but doing it with his friends and family around. Martinez was proven yet. I think that is poor decision making. The same principle can be applied to the Bobo promotion. Bobo has gotten better over the years but to me, he still lacks the skill set necessary to coach in the SEC.

I think having to fire Willy was the end of Richt. I truly believe he harbors resentment over that or guilt for the whole situation. Couple that with his wife having medical issues here and there and his priorities have shifted. I’m not saying that is a bad thing for him personally, but it hasn’t bode well for UGA football. 3MM a year demands that you give it your best. I don’t think we have gotten Richts best since 2005. If we have, it’s not good enough.

MelissaKnowsMore

January 12th, 2014
11:52 pm

Symptom of Dawgs real problem.

MAJ Dawg

January 13th, 2014
12:03 am

All I gotta say for our defensive players….Hunker Down! Never for a moment against Clemson, SC, TENN, Vandy, Auburn , FLA or GT did you men weaken mentally or with desire!!! As the youngest pre-season top-25 team, you all allowed us to stay in some game with a chance to win, and to win others. Had we not held SC and Spurrier on 4 downs on the goal line…we know what the season would / could have been much worse…and what about the opponent ppg avg in the last 10 games of the 11′ season…

Go get’em DAWGs in 2014!

MAJ Dawg

January 13th, 2014
12:09 am

Breaking News…probably not true…, however with Beamer gone, CMR’s philosophical and spiritual peer group is waning within his ranks across the SEC…and NCAA.

MelissaKnowsMore

January 13th, 2014
12:10 am

Snifffles for u and Todd MAJ!

LADawg

January 13th, 2014
12:11 am

Richt is totally dependent on the DC to take care of that side of the ball. He is clueless about everything but offense. I’m still amazed that a HC, DC, and the entire defensive staff can call a timeout, huddle with their defense, and not mention to KNOCK THE BALL DOWN, on 4th and freaking 18 in the Auburn game. This, after using the excuse of young defenders for the previous 10 GAMES!

What established DC is going to take a job and have no say about his staff other than DB coach? We will be looking at the mid-majors for a replacement. Someone that would come to UGA under any circumstances if he can double his salary.