3-year deal in works for Georgia D-coordinator Todd Grantham

Georgia's defense has flourished under the guidance of second-year defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Georgia's defense has flourished under the guidance of second-year defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

ATHENS – Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity confirmed Friday he is in the midst of working on a contract extension for defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

Grantham’s California-based attorney, Michael Harrison, told the AJC in November he was was seeking an extension for his client. Grantham signed a three-year contract that pays him $750,000 annually when he was hired by coach Mark Richt from the Dallas Cowboys in January of 2010. Grantham has 13 months remaining on that contract.

Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity never had an assistant coach under a multi-year agreement in 18 years while he was at Florida. But he is making an exception for Grantham.

“That’s what we’re working to right now,” McGarity said Friday. “We’re discussing it. Mark and I have discussed it and we’re trying to work through that right now. It’s just tough to get everybody together because of coaching conventions and recruiting and things like that. But we’re moving along in that direction.”

McGarity indicated that any new deal with Grantham would likely resemble the old deal. In other words, two years would be added to the existing agreement to get Grantham back to three years. But negotiations are ongoing.

That said, don’t expect a tremendous pay raise for Grantham, if any. He is currently the second highest-paid defensive coordinator in FBS. Alabama’s Kirby Smart is first at $850,000.

“The most important thing is the longevity piece,” McGarity said. “From a compensation standpoint it’s hard to argue that we’re not being fair to him. My whole thing is being fair to people and I think we’re being fair.”

As is his practice, McGarity is dealing with Grantham directly and not his attorney or other representation.

Georgia’s defense has definitely improved under Grantham’s leadership. The Bulldogs finished the 2011 season ranked in the Top 20 nationally in all seven primary statistical categories, including No. 3 in total defense (268.5 ypg), 4th in pass efficiency (98.27), 7th in passing yards allowed (165.9) and 11th in rushing (103.4). Nine starters are currently slated to return to that unit and recruiting prospects are starting to line up to play for Grantham.

The question now is whether McGarity will relax his stance on multi-year contracts for coordinators. Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo is working on a one-year contract, as are Georgia’s other assistants.

“We have not had those discussions,” McGarity said of a multi-year for Bobo. “I’m focused on Mark’s and we’ve talked a little bit about Todd’s. That’s what we’re working on right now.”

– Chip Towers

349 comments Add your comment

chris

January 6th, 2012
3:38 pm

Tobias Funke

January 6th, 2012
3:45 pm

Bobo? Multiyear? HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

blazer

January 6th, 2012
3:47 pm

42 and 33 pts in their last 2 games-give him a big raise!

Tobias Funke

January 6th, 2012
3:48 pm

Grantham definitely deserves it.

Will

January 6th, 2012
3:48 pm

Hoping Grantham’s has a huge buyout. Want him here with Richt as long as possible

Roaddawg80

January 6th, 2012
3:50 pm

Lock him up for 3 more years and give him $1,000,000.00 if he wants it. There is no way Kirby should be making more than him.

I am posting now because I can’t stand all the immature kids on here anymore. There will be all kinds that come on here and talk about his character and how he is embarrassing the university. Go home little kids we don’t care. The only thing that matters is getting to the top.

Now I am going back to georgia.247sports.com for some real conversations and updates.

Fair and Balanced

January 6th, 2012
3:50 pm

Let’s please do not discuss long term for Bobo. We have already had him long term. Let’s hunt up another job for him, move to QB coach or let him go. Multi-year to Grantham is smart as this point. Let’s get a new OC for 3 year deal….somebody who is proven!

Adawg

January 6th, 2012
3:51 pm

When the heck does Bobo’s contract run out????

Dr.PassIt

January 6th, 2012
3:54 pm

Grantham’s defense finished LAST in the SEC in scoring.

Bobo’s offense finished 3rd in the SEC in scoring.

All we need to know.

SugarHillDawg

January 6th, 2012
3:55 pm

Bobo ought to be on a month to month contract.

Joey

January 6th, 2012
3:56 pm

If it ain’t a big raise, Richt better get out that personal checkbook, NCAA be damned!

chilidawg

January 6th, 2012
3:57 pm

Maybe they can work in a clause that states that he must coach the second half also.

Douglas Dawg

January 6th, 2012
3:59 pm

Good thing…. still have work to do in my opinion to be Bama or LSU on D but we are getting there…

We really need Rambo to stay!

JR

January 6th, 2012
4:00 pm

GO DAWGS!!
We definitely need to keep Grantham. He seems to be a great defensive mind. On the other hand, Bobo doesn’t seem to have things going in the right direction. They seem to think they can run the same plays consistently instead of making adjustments throughout the game, or maybe he just doesn’t know when to call the right plays(hes way too predictable)’. I think that is why we stutter in the second half. Maybe CMR should start play-calling again. I know the point-avg. may be favorable to Bobo but it seems like everything jelled well with Richt behind the reins.

`We definitely have the talent to be in the SEC & NC hunt next year. It just a shame to see all the talent with lackluster performances against decent teams. I trust in Richt to get things going in the right direction though. And it seems as though McGarity knows what he’s doing by signing Grantham to the new deal – for us and for recruits. That said , he really needs to consider the Bobo situation.

My first comment and my first FIRST! – since no1 else took it
Keep us updated Chip . Thanks for the coverage.

GO DAWGS!!!

Facts

January 6th, 2012
4:03 pm

An Inconvenient Truth

US News Ranking
GT: 36
UGA: 62

Endowment Size
GT: $1.5 BILLION
UGA: $600 million

Avg. Starting Salary
GT: $59,000
UGA: $44,000

Football
GT: 4 National Titles (1990)
UGA: 2 National Titles (1980)

Basketball
GT: 2 Final Fours, Chris Bosh, Derrick Favors, Thaddeus Young, Jarrett Jack
UGA: 1 Final Four.

Baseball
GT: Mark Teixeira, Nomar Garciaparra, Kevin Brown, Matt Weiters
UGA: Gordon Beckham.

Golf
GT: Matt Kuchar, Stewart Cink, David Duval, Bryce Molder
UGA: Bubba Watson.

GT is a GLOBAL brand. UGA is a regional brand.

It appears obvious that UGA is the “flagship” in name only.

MiamiDawg

January 6th, 2012
4:04 pm

No thank you. One and done would be great for bobo

BurytheBone

January 6th, 2012
4:04 pm

pay da man. demote bobo

WUZZADAWG

January 6th, 2012
4:04 pm

Looking at who we play next year, our stats should be about the same or a tad bit better.

George Stein

January 6th, 2012
4:05 pm

This can’t hurt UGA. I mean, if he wants to be a head coach, they’ll let him. And if the defense slips, he can be let go with what is likely a pretty small buyout.

Basically, this helps UGA in recruiting but neither party is married to the other.

3rd in the nation

January 6th, 2012
4:07 pm

Best news I’ve heard all day! If the haters don’t think he deserves an extention and a raise just look at where the defense was before he got there. Go Dawgs!

Clarksville TN Bulldogs 1 Fan

January 6th, 2012
4:09 pm

Awesome AD now look fro a OC pleaseEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

3rd in the nation

January 6th, 2012
4:09 pm

@ Facts

11-1

We have just now gotten started with CTG

January 6th, 2012
4:11 pm

Frankly, for several reasons, the UGA O for a few years now has been inconsistent. We have a 3rd year player in Aaron Murray who is an emotional head case in big games, he does not protect the ball and he makes really dumb, panic sticken throws that have cost UGA about 4 or 5 of his 22? starts. No running game, no scemes that allow us to drive the ball in IMPORTANT games. I am done with Bobo and Aaron Murray.

CTG is the real deal. PAY THE MAN. If he leaves, UGA will be 6-7 and I am a UGA grad. and will admit that. Richt should be year to year. He has done nothing with our talent for 5 or 6 years now. Who needs that?

UGA really must go all the way in 2012 and at least win the SEC C G.

gt4ever

January 6th, 2012
4:12 pm

ha, what a JOKE! Go ahead and tie him up for 10 years…..

Ga/Fl.Stillman dog

January 6th, 2012
4:14 pm

You are a FOOL AD McGarity if you even sneez about a 2 month extension on Richt and BOO BOO. Make Grantham the Head man in Charge. im tired of waisting my money traveling,watching, and supporting these second once nothing dogs. Its been a 1000 years and Richt has done nothing for our team as far as champoinships other than the conference. the dude just plain out got out coached and the players GOT THEIR TALES WHIPPED (blame them also) on the field so go home and bring in someone who will make us KINGS OF THE SEC HILL, or at least be CONSISTANT,.

Joey

January 6th, 2012
4:15 pm

Facts,

An inconvenient truth

0-forever in bowl games

1-11 vs in-state rival

4 Cokes, 4 hotdogs, 4 tickets . . .

GT is a global joke.

MidGA Dawg

January 6th, 2012
4:15 pm

If we do tie him up for 10 years, at that point we’ll be 21-1 against your pretend Offense at GT…….

Spokesman for the SEC East

January 6th, 2012
4:21 pm

I wonder how he will fair in next year’s matchup with Boise’s offense? It is being reported that Brent Pease, Boise’s OC will become UF’s new OC and that the announcement could come as soon as this evening.

Dr.PassIt

January 6th, 2012
4:21 pm

Dear Dr.PassIt,

You have no idea what you are talking about. UGA last in the SEC in scoring defense? What are you talking about? UGA finish 4th in the SEC in scoring defense in SEC play. Go check you stats, actually, don’t bother since you know nothing about football.

And Facts, please… Don’t waste our time.

Joey

January 6th, 2012
4:23 pm

gtforever, yeah, your boys did real good vs Grantham’s D, huh? So that makes GT worse than a joke?

Moobs Johnson

January 6th, 2012
4:23 pm

Grantham should be the head coach. At least his unit plays the game with passion and to WIN. The most passion Richt displayed all year is when he kissed the water girl.

Overated

January 6th, 2012
4:23 pm

Grantham’s defense is good because of talent that he had nothing to do with bringing to Georgia. In fact if he could have instilled some discipline and execution they would not have given up 30+ to Michigan State, Boise State and 40+ to LSU and South Carolina. Great Coach? I think not? Plus he showed young men how not to act at Florida and again this year at Vanderbilt. Great example to follow! It is a joke this clown thinks he could lead a major football program as a head coach. Big Mistake.

MidGA Dawg

January 6th, 2012
4:23 pm

Boise’s Offense was mostly a product of Kellen Moore i believe…..that kid’s got a peyton manning brain.

Joey

January 6th, 2012
4:25 pm

George Stein, what’s PJ gonna do about his DC? I thought PJ had pulled a coup when he got Groh. Now, I don’t know what to think.

RTruth

January 6th, 2012
4:25 pm

Where does the GA defense rank in points allowed?

No No to Bobo

January 6th, 2012
4:26 pm

Grantham? Yes please. Bobo can leave. Horrible playcalls throughout his career.

Bremen Dawg

January 6th, 2012
4:27 pm

Best news out of Athens this week.

Spokesman for the SEC East

January 6th, 2012
4:27 pm

Maybe MidGA Dawg or again maybe Moore was good because of his tutelage. This year will we will find out.

Overated

January 6th, 2012
4:28 pm

Wait until we see how he does against LSU, Alabama, and Arkansas in the same season if that ever happens? Then we can see if this guy can coach.

dawgfan

January 6th, 2012
4:28 pm

I don’t think our defense is that far from LSU’s or Bama’s. We just need a little more depth. Unlike us, LSU and Bama have offenses that rarely put their defenses in difficult situations. We either turn the ball over deep in enemy territory, have a 3 and out, or score on some big pass plays in 20 seconds. Our defense is barely even gets to sit down and talk to the coaches before it has to go back out on the field. We need to go 5 and 6 deep at every defensive position to have enough gas in the tank at the end of games, but NCAA rules don’t allow that.

To all the Murray bashers that talk about how he never wins big games, guess what? Neither Stafford nor Cox won that many big games either. Guess who was their offensive coordinator: Mike Bobo. See a pattern? If your zipping the ball all over the field like Mike Bobo loves to do in big games there are going to be interceptions. Joe Montana could be our quarterback and there will still be interceptions. Our QBs make bad throws because Bobo allows them to make bad throws. Bobo thinks that the only way we can win big games is by throwing the ball 30+ times per game. He does it time and time again. Well guess what happens when you throw the ball that much against a good defense? They are going to get some interceptions. This is not rocket science. Its just math.

Some of you sound like Tech fans that get all shocked when their triple option offense fumbles. Well duh. Your tossing the ball around in the backfield every single play like its a hot potatoe. OF COURSE there are going to be fumbles morons.

Thanks.

GA Sandlapper

January 6th, 2012
4:30 pm

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GA Sandlapper

January 6th, 2012
4:31 pm

Sorry! Wrong Board!

True Dawg

January 6th, 2012
4:32 pm

bobo is a total joke for a coordinator please let him go and lets try another!

Hey, Facts...

January 6th, 2012
4:34 pm

Fact – UGA has had 21 Rhodes Scholars; GT 3 has had Rhodes Scholars

Yes, indeed – UGA is the state’s flagship university where it counts most – national recognition for outstanding grads…

Bob

January 6th, 2012
4:34 pm

Go back and read Roaddawg80’s post at 3:50. His attitude is what’s wrong at UGA today…the culture of entitlement. Ten wins last year against bottom feeders, no win against a top 20 team in four years, and we’re an offensive joke…time to clean house. Our new HC will bring a DC that is as good or better. I’m tired of mediocrity.

Wow, dawgfan...

January 6th, 2012
4:35 pm

…you, sir, have no clue – please refrain from ever pontificating about football, at all costs…

Smitty

January 6th, 2012
4:36 pm

Facts…..you need to get yours straight

gt4ever

January 6th, 2012
4:41 pm

@MidGADawg,

Yeah, you could be right…. The odds are real good that you will be bailing him out of Jail during that 10 year tenure….. But Hey, that should be OK with the bullpuppy nation, integrity, class, and character have nothing to do with winning football games….

Show Me the Money

January 6th, 2012
4:44 pm

If your salary is based on performance, Grantham shoujld make twice as much as Bobo.

JDawg1785

January 6th, 2012
4:46 pm

CTG has definitely earned it. Give that man everything he wants to keep him in Athens for a long time.