Grantham shoots down rumors, wants to ‘be at UGA a very long time’

Todd Grantham, who led the Bulldogs' defense to a No. 3 overall national ranking this past season, shot down rumors Wednesday he might be heading to the Falcons. (UGA photo)

Todd Grantham, who led the Bulldogs' defense to a No. 3 overall national ranking this past season, shot down rumors Wednesday he might be heading to the Falcons. (UGA photo)

It’s that time of year where rumors swirl constantly regarding coaching jobs and transfers and the like. On cue, no sooner had Brian VanGorder left the Atlanta Falcons to take the defensive coordinator’s job at Auburn this week than rumors began to circulate that the Falcons may come after Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

Kind of funny when you think about it, especially with all the arguments that developed this season between Bulldogs’ fans about which DC was better at UGA, VanGorder or Grantham.

Anyway, those rumors must have made their way to Grantham on Wednesday because the Bulldogs’ second-year coordinator issued a statement through the UGA athletic department reiterating that he isn’t looking to leave Georgia and/or return to the NFL. Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity confirmed to the AJC last week and again Wednesday that he and Grantham have already agreed in principle to a new three-year contract. They’re in the process of finalizing the paperwork, which may drag out another week or more. But it’s effectively a done deal and Grantham’s statement underscores as much.

Here’s what Grantham sent via email:

“This time of year there are a lot of rumors involving coaching openings. Because of the terrific recruiting class we are assembling and the juniors that have communicated to me their desire to come back to Georgia I felt it important to address some of these current and any future rumors. I’ve had discussions with Coach Richt and (AD) Greg McGarity and we are on track to finalizing details on a contract extension. My family enjoys Athens very much. I love the passion and excitement of our fans. We have the program headed in the right direction and I want to be a part of bringing Georgia a championship. My desire is to be at UGA for a very long time. Go Dawgs!”

Todd Grantham
Jan. 11, 2012

I suppose you could split hairs about the semantics and, of course, some folks already are. But that seems pretty cut-and-dried to me.

Grantham — who exited the season as the nation’s second highest-paid defensive coordinator at $750,000 a year — led the Bulldogs’ defense to a No. 5 overall national ranking this past season. He has nine of 11 starters due to come back and is making some hay on the recruiting trail. Most recently he nailed down a commitment from defensive end/outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins, the state’s No. 1 prospect.

Most of the time these rumors are generated by opposing teams just trying to blunt recruiting momentum. Just to be certain, the sooner UGA gets Grantham’s contract finalized the better. With just one year left on the current deal, Grantham’s buyout is relatively miniscule. But the one included in the first year of a new three-year agreement will have considerably more bite to it.

In any case, McGarity doesn’t seem in a rush.

“We have talked about what we are going to do, so we are all on the same page,” he said.

That’s definitely a good thing for Georgia.

302 comments Add your comment

bardawg

January 11th, 2012
8:23 pm

Chip Towers

January 11th, 2012
8:26 pm

Yes you are, bardawg. Congrats!

UGABUGGA

January 11th, 2012
8:26 pm

Yep Bar, you are.

bardawg

January 11th, 2012
8:26 pm

After what CTG has done for our defense, maybe a three year contract extension isn’t enough. Well anyway , love the way he finished his press release ! GO DAWGS!

Bigdsel

January 11th, 2012
8:27 pm

Good. I love the way he coaches. The junk yard dawgs are back

Jerome

January 11th, 2012
8:28 pm

Georgia’s defense is only going to get better and better and better.

kenr

January 11th, 2012
8:28 pm

Everyone in the world knows Kirby is looking for HC job and it does not seem to effect the BAMs recruiting anyway I hope Grantham stays for a along time.

Jerome

January 11th, 2012
8:31 pm

We are about to head into the Glory days again. I can feel it. Our team has that attitude, that swagger. Our defense is playing lights out. It’s gonna be just like the Erk Russell days again. He’s gonna have this defense bleeding from the mouth and wanting to attack every offense they face. This past season was only YEAR TWO. Just wait. It’s comin.

Dawglasville

January 11th, 2012
8:31 pm

We have a great combination with Richt and Grantham. That is great news. Go Dawgs.

Jerome

January 11th, 2012
8:33 pm

Doesn’t it seem like every offense we faced just couldn’t do anything against our defense? It seems that way. If we can just finish we’d have a dominant defense. Alabama style. Yes we can be that good. Why? Because of the coaching. We have the coaching in place on the defensive side that can give offenses nightmares. It’s the offense that troubles me.

the old coach

January 11th, 2012
8:33 pm

Georgia has won more games Defensively than offensively. If the Offense had not put the Defense in so many situations of defending a short field the past two years the record would be much better. Todd Granthman brings more than knowledge on the Defensive side of the ball to the Dawg program. Pay him for his worth, and we better hope he stays. He is the only hope of getting to the next level.

Inlet Dawg

January 11th, 2012
8:34 pm

Do what it takes to keep him doing what he’s doing and doing it in Athens.

Gainesdawg

January 11th, 2012
8:35 pm

Chuck & C-off are the kings of rumors affecting UGA. Homers of Aub. &Tech.
You guys need to find better topics to spin vs. BS rumors affecting the dawgs. Buck & Kincaid blow you guys away. You both are a joke!

Jerome

January 11th, 2012
8:35 pm

To you GT fans, read it and weep. You’ll never beat us again. See now Grantham knows how to beat GT’s weak offense. Year 1, he had no clue, yeah you got your yards but we won. This past match we owned your offense. You could do almost nothing. Why? Because Grantham has figured you out. Seems like everybody figures Tech out at some point huh? 0-4 in your last 4 bowl games? Give any defensive coordinator ample time before they play Tech, and they’ll shut it down and beat you. Tech has no defense, and has a weak offense to boot.

Here’s to 11-1 vs. Tech since Richt has been here!!!!! Woooo hooo!

WE RUN THIS STATE!

ugakev

January 11th, 2012
8:36 pm

year 3 under Grantham is going to be very exciting as we add more and more 5 star depth to the defense!

Jerome

January 11th, 2012
8:37 pm

I know you Tech fans are envious of UGA and it’s ok. You wish you had Grantham huh? Doesn’t matter. Georgia Tech could never attract the type of talent UGA does. So it wouldn’t matter at all. To the GT fans that love to pose as fans of other teams to get the “superior” feeling, to the GT fans that troll on our boards, 11-1. Suck on it. Please. And watch the nut.

pj

January 11th, 2012
8:38 pm

Let’s counter with our own rumors. Kirby is headed the Falcons! Jimbo Fisher is taking over as the Raiders coach! Come on recruits, ditch your schools and head to Athens!

Voyager Dawg

January 11th, 2012
8:38 pm

Dooley had Russell, Bowden had Andrews – Richt has Grantham. Coach Grantham is a competitor and hopefully going to stay for a long, long, time. I love his passion for the game, the players, the team, the university. Hopefully our offense will adopt some of Coach Granthams spirit and toughness and play to WIN! Go Dawgs!

Dawg58

January 11th, 2012
8:38 pm

Very glad to here how devoted Coach Grantham is to UGa. Go Dawgs!

Eaassyy

January 11th, 2012
8:41 pm

With our schedule next year we will be the number one defense in the land STATISTICALLY. He would be leaving money on the table leaving now.

Jock Smelley, IV

January 11th, 2012
8:41 pm

CTG, welcome to the NFL!!! I’m sure it gets tiring having to babysit! I know you’re not explaining Quantum Physics or Differential Equations! I’m sure Awtie, Dimitroff and Smitty are grabbing for their ankles for your services!!! You DAWG you!!

beachside bulldawg

January 11th, 2012
8:43 pm

CTG has done an outstanding job and represents the “fire” in the UGA program. Electing to stay in the face of having to bail out the “2nd and 8 lets take a knee offense” shows his dedication to his players, as well as his belief that the offense will, somehow, complement his superior defense. As a UGA fan living in Florida, I hope CTG’s dedication serves as an example for his fellow coaches, his players and UGA fans everywhere.

kerryb

January 11th, 2012
8:43 pm

I bet Nick Satan started those rumors because he was ticked at Grantham for locking up Jordon Jenkins.

Jerome

January 11th, 2012
8:45 pm

It’s not looking good for Tech football vs. Georgia football next season. We have 9 out of 11 starters returning on defense, Murray back, Crowell back, new kid Marshall sharing carries with Crowell, 2nd year under the new strength and conditioning program, PLUS we get you nerds in Athens for the game. So Tech fans…will you beat Georgia in 2012? 2013? 2014? Which year?

Jock Smelley, IV

January 11th, 2012
8:46 pm

CTG, lickety split!!

Finkle is Einhorn, Einhorn is Finkle

January 11th, 2012
8:47 pm

I am excited to see what Grantham can do with some of his recruits in the system.

dawgs2004

January 11th, 2012
8:50 pm

I think he’s the best coach we have. Like the fire he brings. Offense needs some fire brought to them like CTG does the defense!!!

Jerome

January 11th, 2012
8:52 pm

If we let Bobo go, we’ll win a national title.

Falcon Fan #1

January 11th, 2012
8:53 pm

If Mr. Blank wants Grantham he gets him that simple…

Jerome

January 11th, 2012
8:54 pm

Mark Richt seems to be picking up the steam. He’s getting tired of every SEC team that means anything win an SEC title but him. Even Auburn has a national title and we beat them like a drum 45-7. So we have what it takes. Can we put it together?

Birdhair

January 11th, 2012
8:54 pm

I wonder why the falcons aren’t calling bobo?

his second year it was

January 11th, 2012
8:57 pm

CTG inherited most of his players from CWM and we know how that turned out in 2010. This year, after ONLY ONE YEAR OF COACHING THESE SAME KIDS, he turned out a high quality product, and we know that there is far more to come. LSU saw that in the first half of the SEC CG and we performed far better in the first half than did Alabama vs LSU BOTH TIMES.

He is a HIGH QUALITY D coach player now in the SEC and the HS coaches will be aware of that and will be far more comfortabl in steering their kids. Same is true of the kid’s uncles and men in their lives, like pastors,etc.

CTG is THE REAL DEAL.

Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Dogs.

Jerome

January 11th, 2012
8:57 pm

Cuz Bobo sucks!

Cdpridg

January 11th, 2012
8:58 pm

Todd Grantham is a DGD! looking forward to years of JYD Defense!

reality DAWG

January 11th, 2012
8:58 pm

Coach TG is doing an outstanding job and I’m thankful he will continue to be around. The D is looking fine and with Rambo coming back great things are ahead.

Go DAWGS!

Paul's Johnson

January 11th, 2012
8:59 pm

Nothing can stop my spread option DERP offense. I am a genius with big fish to fry. Once all my Mars Hill-caliber recruits are in place after 4 years I will be unstoppable. Nothing can stop my triple spread option DERP attack.

Jerome

January 11th, 2012
8:59 pm

Good point @ His 2nd year it was….the first season we had Grantham (2010) he was dealing with Martinez recruits trying to transition from the 4-3 to the 3-4 and we still were respectable on defense in our 1st year under him. Now we’ve gone dominant. A few more years recruiting the type of bodies he wants (Linebackers weighing 250+ that can run) and corners that are 6′0+ that run in the 4.3’s-4.4’s. He needs to keep recruiting his body types. He’ll have a monster.

reality DAWG

January 11th, 2012
8:59 pm

BREAKING NEWS

Kirby Smart headed to the Falcons!

suwanee dawg

January 11th, 2012
9:02 pm

Only concerns for next year – O line and no more conservative play calling when we get ANY lead.

Jerome

January 11th, 2012
9:03 pm

My only concern for next year is our run game and our special teams coverage units.

Jerome

January 11th, 2012
9:05 pm

@ reality Dawg, nice try. Only way Smart leaves Alabama is for a head coaching gig.

Rick James

January 11th, 2012
9:06 pm

@reality DAWG

If Kirby Smart comes to the Falcons he will need to bring Saban with him to tell him what to do.

BG

January 11th, 2012
9:06 pm

GATA Coach Grantham!

kybodawg

January 11th, 2012
9:07 pm

talk about junkyadr dawgs would like to have seen whart erk could do with players with this size and speed or maybe he just got the most out of players with a big heart. go dawgs

AugustaDawg

January 11th, 2012
9:09 pm

Renewed commitment to defense. Thats how u win championships. Ask Bama and LSU. We are close. Very close. Go Dawgs

4.29 GPA with 4.35 speed 40-yard dash

January 11th, 2012
9:14 pm

I wondered how long it would be until Arthur Blank and Mike Smith contacted Todd Grantham about the Defensive Coordinator position in the NFL. Obviously, anyone can pony up $ 750,000 in the NFL or in The SEC to pay any DC.

Or, OC.

Chip Towers, you make your last sentence seem like it is a good thing that Greg McGarity, tennis player and not a good one at that, is not in a rush with Signing Date just a couple weeks out now.

?

buzzDawg

January 11th, 2012
9:16 pm

Loved and respected Erk Russell. Liked Van Gorder. Disliked Martinez. Love and respect Grantham. Hope he stays a long, long time. Go Dawgs! Next year is already looking good.

DIT

January 11th, 2012
9:18 pm

Yeah, I’m excited about the defense, but what about our offense. Need to score points and not turn the ball over. Of course we need an OC that is not so predictable.

3-12 Against Ranked Teams

January 11th, 2012
9:20 pm

…..wonder if UGA will EVER beat a ranked team again….

Jerome

January 11th, 2012
9:20 pm

All our offense has to do is put up anywhere between 20-25 points and we should win most ballgames if not all. We don’t have to have a great offense with the kind of defense we have. @ the tide is rolling, your an idiot…we didn’t give up 45 to SC. Check up on how they scored.