(Updated 8 p.m.)
So what did Todd Grantham, Georgia’s new defensive coordinator, think about the Minnesota Vikings running up the score Sunday on the Dallas Cowboys?
Grantham, Dallas’ defensive line coach until its season ended with the playoff loss to Minnesota, was asked in a postgame interview posted on the Cowboys’ Website about the Vikings throwing a fourth-down touchdown pass with less than two minutes to play and a 27-3 lead. An interviewer told Grantham he could be unguarded in his comments since the Vikings are not on Georgia’s schedule next season.
“No, they’re not,” Grantham said. “I wish they were, though.”
He continued: “I really can’t answer why they would do it because I’m not in their head. But I do know what goes around comes around, and they play the Cowboys next year.”
A few other notes:
– Word is that Connecticut’s defensive backs coach, Scott Lakatos, is a candidate for a job on the Georgia coaching staff. (UConnReport.com says he interviewed on Saturday.) UGA still has two openings on its defensive staff after hiring Grantham, who said late Friday that he and head coach Mark Richt “will be working throughout the weekend and next week to iron some of those things out. But anything like that would be premature at this time.” Call it Phase 2 of the coaching search. And this phase will not be nearly so protracted as the DC hire.
– Lakatos has been the DB’s coach at Connecticut the past six years. Before that, he coached the secondary at Rutgers for three years.
– It took Georgia 43 days to hire Grantham. It took the Cowboys 30 minutes to hire his replacement. The Cowboys on Friday hired Paul Pasqualoni, fired earlier in the week as the Miami Dolphins’ defensive coordinator, to replace Grantham after this season. Pasqualoni previously coached three years for the Cowboys.
– This could be the connection between Lakatos and Grantham: Lakatos played for Pasqualoni at Western Connecticut and later coached under him as a graduate assistant at Syracuse.
– Cowboys coach Wade Phillips, by the way, told Dallas reporters that Grantham was “grossly overqualified” to be a defensive line coach, his job the past two seasons.
– Derek Dooley is taking over Tennessee’s football program at age 41 –- 10 years older than his father was when he took over Georgia’s program in 1964. “My qualifications were 10 times less than Derek’s,” Vince Dooley says, “but the beauty of youth is I didn’t know I wasn’t the best hire in the world. . . . Being an administrator [later], there is no way I would have hired me with my experience.”
– Click here for a flashback to the start of Derek Dooley’s coaching career as an unpaid graduate assistant under Jim Donnan at UGA in 1996.
– The night before Derek Dooley became Tennessee’s coach, Vince Dooley, 77, was in Houston to receive the Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award.
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