Georgia’s Todd Grantham focusing on Kentucky, not contract extension

ATHENS — Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said Tuesday he’s focusing on nothing this week but preparing his unit for Kentucky’s offense and leaving contract negotiations to his agent.

Grantham has 14 months remaining on a three-year contract he signed to become Georgia’s defensive coordinator in January of 2010. His annual salary of $750,000 ranks among the highest in the country for assistant coaches.

Grantham’s agent/attorney, Michael Harrison of Stevenson Ranch, Calif.,  told the AJC on Sunday that Grantham wants a contract extension. Harrison said he has already “gotten inquiries” from some NFL teams about the possibility of Grantham returning to that league and that he has “gotten feelers” indirectly from colleges gauging Grantham’s interest in becoming a head coach. Ultimately, however, he said Grantham wants to remain in Athens.

Grantham was asked about his agent’s comments on Tuesday.

“You hire people to do a job for you and I let him handle that part of it,” he said. “My focus is on getting the defense to play well and getting us ready for the Kentucky game and getting ready to win the SEC East, truthfully.”

Grantham’s defense has climbed to No. 4 in the nation statistically as the Bulldogs have won eight straight games. A win over Kentucky on Saturday will clinch a berth in the Dec. 3 SEC Championship Game in the Georgia Dome.

Grantham, 45, admitted he would like to become a head coach one day. But he said playing in the title game is dominating his thoughts at the moment.

“I think everyone wants to become a head coach,” he said. “First of all, I have a very good job. I was excited to come here because of the vision I had about what I felt you could do with the type of players you can get at the University of Georgia. I’m very excited to be here. Truthfully, I just focus on every situation that’s coming up. For instance, after I leave here I’m going to a third-down meeting to figure out how we’re going to get off the field on third down and then what we’re going to have to do to win the game this week.

“We’re in a championship game this week. There’s a lot of time, energy and study that has to go into each week that honestly you don’t have time to focus on anything like that. You just focus on the next task at hand.”

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MiamiDawg

November 15th, 2011
8:18 pm

First things first, beat Kentucky

MiamiDawg

November 15th, 2011
8:19 pm

Slow night, where is everyone?

cantondawg

November 15th, 2011
8:24 pm

If Auburn can pay Gus Malzahn 1.5 million to be OC at Auburn. UGA can pay Grantham that much to stay at UGA.

OkieDawg

November 15th, 2011
8:25 pm

Keep CTG happy! Give him a bump in pay a a couple of years on his contract. If not, we could find ourselves staring into the eyes of the ghost of Willie.

SUMTER SC is the arm pit of the world!

November 15th, 2011
8:29 pm

Do the extention as soon as possble. We would be crazy to let TG get away. UGA 35 Kentucky 7 GO DAWGS!!!!

bucket

November 15th, 2011
8:29 pm

I agree that UGA should give Grantham a significant raise. If he wants to be a head coach, as the article states, he will eventually get promoted or he will leave. But UGA should be able to pay him enough to stay away from the Mississippi’s of the world like AUB did with Malzahn/Vanderbilt.

Hairy Dawg

November 15th, 2011
8:33 pm

We don’t care how things were done at UF when it comes to CTG. We have seen the other side and don’t want to go back there. Sign him multiyear; leave the amount to our very competent AD.

Grantham, sell this

November 15th, 2011
8:35 pm

Give the guy a massive 5 to 7 year deal. Also talk with Richt and if Richt ever wants to hang it up and UGA and Grantham can reach a negotiation Grantham gets the keys to Sanford stadium. Keep him, he saved Richts job.

Hairy Dawg

November 15th, 2011
8:36 pm

If he makes 750K to $1 mill he should have a hard time leaving for a new place where he would have all the responsibility.

East champ!

November 15th, 2011
8:36 pm

UGA better give Granham a huge raise or he will be looking around soon.

mayorbob

November 15th, 2011
8:38 pm

Look…I played football at the highest level…Coach Grantham is focused and dedicated to taking care of his task. If the right opportunity is presented to him to take another step to secure his future….then we would all do the same thing..make the right decision for his family…..

He will be presented many top coaching opportunites.

I belive him totally that he is working this week to find a way to shut down KY.offense and then get this defense ready to beat Tech!…Just the guy I want to lead the “G” Defense Team!

Bathroom Police

November 15th, 2011
8:39 pm

Oh, BTW Crowell had to go to the bathroom when practice started. Just letting everyone know.

Furman Bishop

November 15th, 2011
8:41 pm

If McGarity is going to give Richt an extension, he may as well extend Grantham’s contract to equal that of Richt’s contract in terms of years. So far as a raise goes, bump him up a hundred grand and if next year’s defense shows the same amount of improvement as this year’s, raise him to a million. UGA can afford it. Grantham looks like he’s earning his money.

SUMTER SC is the arm pit of the world!

November 15th, 2011
8:42 pm

Pay the man whatever. I love this Defense, it is Erk Russellesk!

E-from Riverdale

November 15th, 2011
8:45 pm

Wow, can you believe the way everyone is talking about Coach Grantham. What a turnaround and well deserved.

St Simons - we're on Island time

November 15th, 2011
8:49 pm

better re-sign Bobo before Moultrie High school gets him!

LeftCoastDawg

November 15th, 2011
8:49 pm

Where are all the Todd Grantham haters and where is Groh’s defense ranked “statiscally” this year?? Give him his money and his props!!

kybodawg

November 15th, 2011
8:51 pm

can u imagine what erk would have done with the size and speed of this bunch

LeftCoastDawg

November 15th, 2011
8:51 pm

I think if you come on this blog and say you played football at the highest level, the least you can do is be honest and use your real name instead something corny like “mayorbob”…..REALLY??

Teddy KGB

November 15th, 2011
8:52 pm

Pay him. Pay that myan his maney.

Worm

November 15th, 2011
8:55 pm

Let the season play out and pay accordingly…That said, Grantham probably needs an extension and raise as does Friend, Bobo and Olivadotti(sp)

flo-ri-duh

November 15th, 2011
9:02 pm

Give everybody a big fat raise. It’s only money.

Dawg_Mike

November 15th, 2011
9:04 pm

Unless my stats are wrong, we are holding our opponents to an average of around 12 points per game. This is not too shabby.

DILLIGAF

November 15th, 2011
9:04 pm

Chip,

As always, you’re doing a great job with your coverage of our beloved Dawgs.

Grantham will definately get rewarded in his contract negotiations as he has molded this defense into a top 5 defense in college football. He’s looking forward to being possibly the highest paid coordinator on a high profile team in the most powerful conference in FBS football, if this season plays to it’s potential.

His defense is really starting to peak now and I see them being able to hang with any offense in the country if they play smart and physical.

I believe Grantham plan is to stick around long enough to win a NC because his stock will then present him with desirable options as far as becoming a head coach at an up and coming program rather taking a position at a lower tier school. I do believe that part of his taking this job was that he has seen and did envison the type of talent that he would have to work with. Defense wins championships. Period.

Pay him after the season and he could possibly coach the best defense in the country next year with the returning talent and the Dream Team II class coming in. It could be the greatest possibility for a NC and a great foundation for the next coach.

I’m not drinking the Kool-Aid, just gin and juice.

GATA!
UGA/85′

Keep TG

November 15th, 2011
9:05 pm

Amen to it all. we need to do whatever it takes to keep that guy. Olivadotti too. If our administration lets him go, we all need to demand that everyone be fired. Including but not limited to the people who work the concessions stands, ticket lines, security, ushers, ballboys, chain crew, Mcgarity, Adams, Richt, everyone!!!! even the people who work the parking decks.

GTBob

November 15th, 2011
9:11 pm

Why would he leave? Is there any easier job then DC in the SEC east?

Huntsville Dawg

November 15th, 2011
9:13 pm

PAY HIM!!! We don’t need to lose him like Van Gorder!!! PAY HIM!!!

tony

November 15th, 2011
9:17 pm

I was afraid of this. If Todd Grantham leaves be prepared to watch again a lazy, soft, undiscipline, mediocre football team. Give the man what he wants to keep him in Athens.

GTBob

November 15th, 2011
9:21 pm

I mean, besides giving hand shandies in the alley behind Swinging Richards, like I do.

OkieDawg

November 15th, 2011
9:21 pm

Crap, GTBob found us again. Now we have to read his senseless drivel. Why can’t they post some news on GT so he will go to the GT blog. I will say this for the ole boy, he is relentless in his pursuit to criticize all that’s good and right in the BulldawgNation. He must be awfully frustrated as a GT fan, what with that silly offense and terrible defense. But PLEASE….GO AWAY!

GTFob

November 15th, 2011
9:23 pm

Other than coaching against an ACC team?

godawgs '89

November 15th, 2011
9:24 pm

GTBob, you served this one right up….there is an easier job, it’s called the A-She-She. Can’t wait to see Crowell run right up the middle of Tech’s pathetic defense. Going to be another long night on the Flats…and by the 3rd quarter I bet you’ll be gone.

Obviously

November 15th, 2011
9:25 pm

No page hits on the Tech blogs.

Reality Dawg

November 15th, 2011
9:28 pm

Since giving up 80 points in the 1st two games this year, the reality is that the Dawgs have played some pretty weak teams. While the results from the Auburn game were very encouraging, don’t we need a true benchmark like LSU in the Championship game to determine how good our defense really is?

Dr. Morpheus

November 15th, 2011
9:30 pm

I would think that a few more years as the fiery DC with Georgia will add to Grantham’s market value. The Dawgs will be in the BCS NC conversation next year and most of his best defensive players will be returning. Turning our D around 180 degrees in 2 years is impressive- battling for the Crystal Trophy in 3 with the transformation of the D being a critical component is career-making. Oh, and by all means, give the man a big raise and an extension. And if we repeat as SEC Champs in 2012 and Murray wins the Heisman, give ‘em to Bobo, as well…

GTBob

November 15th, 2011
9:41 pm

The Dawgs will be in the BCS NC conversation next year

I see that dawg fans are getting an early start on next years delusional thoughts.

BobDawg

November 15th, 2011
9:49 pm

Well said , Bucket… I wish McGarity would just say Richt will be here a long time and we will talk contract at end of season rather than how he handled it….

dap01

November 15th, 2011
9:50 pm

He is a great DC but his agent needs to not be neg. a contract in the AJC. Grantham makes $750K per year and he had one year on the contract. Just coach and let our AD take care of keeping him.

aarh

November 15th, 2011
9:57 pm

Reality Dawg- UGA’s defense didn’t give up all 45 of those points against SC. A lot of it was bc special teams & turnovers. Get your facts straight. A good bit of them were due to that.

Jeremy Wallace

November 15th, 2011
10:01 pm

GTBob I’m really not sure why a guy who roots for a consistently losing(at least against us!) team would even have the guts to say anything here.Oh thats right you must be hitting a hot spot while on the shortbus ride home.

Not So Fast

November 15th, 2011
10:06 pm

If UGA plays LSU in the SECCG their going to the Sugar Bowl to play Houston, mark it down.

Dawglasville

November 15th, 2011
10:06 pm

GTBob – let’s get refocused. Your Jackets can show us just how delusional we Georgia fans are in 11 days. Maybe you guys will show us what it is like to play a real football team.

Not So Fast

November 15th, 2011
10:10 pm

2011 has shades of 2005/2007 for the dawgs!

NewnanRxDawg

November 15th, 2011
10:11 pm

The AD should do whatever is necessary to keep MR and TG and the rest of this current staff together. We finally have some momentum going and we don’t need to waste it all by letting our D.C. go fishing for $Greener$ pastures. Pay the man- extend the contracts of all the defensive staff- extend Richt’s contract the same length as Grantham’s. Watch the recruits flock to athens and get ready for next year. Complete all of this ASAP, especially if we give LSU all they can handle.

Glenn

November 15th, 2011
10:12 pm

The reason GTBob comments on the Dawgs is that nobody ever reads anything about ga tech, sad but true.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 15th, 2011
10:25 pm

I heard Richt got a new Extension on his job. He gets to babysit Bobo for as long as it takes Vince’s niece to get Pregnant again.

My God, a freshman!

November 15th, 2011
10:27 pm

Stay the course CTG… and tell CMB to give me the ball!

Mad Dog One

November 15th, 2011
10:30 pm

WHAT gt has a blog. What do they have to blog about how many yards they run on UGA ever time they lose. “We ran for 400 yards on the dogs and only lost by 17 points” As always GO DOGS & GATA

Dawglasville

November 15th, 2011
10:35 pm

Still@theKool-aidBAR – What is your take on the UGA – Tech game?

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 15th, 2011
10:37 pm

I heard MURRAY finally beat a top 25 team. It didn’t matter that Auburn SUCKS and was caring the JOKE weight of being in the SEC. the the GREATEST VET school in the south finally get a dawg to walk the sidelines without falling over dead?