Georgia D-coordinator Todd Grantham gets 3-year, $2.475 million deal (updated)

Todd Grantham's Georgia defense finished fifth in the nation in total yardage surrendered this past season. (UGA photo)

Todd Grantham's Georgia defense finished fifth in the nation in total yardage surrendered this past season. (UGA photo)

Updated with quotes from Grantham and more contract details . . .

ATHENS – Georgia’s Todd Grantham went from being the second-highest paid defensive coordinator in the country to the fourth-highest paid D-C in the SEC despite receiving a hefty raise and a three-year contract extension from the Bulldogs on Friday.

UGA released a draft of the newly-amended, 29-page contract contract per an open records request Friday morning. According to it, Georgia is going to pay Grantham $825,000 a year over the next three years to coordinate the Bulldogs’ defense. That represents a raise of $75,000 a year.

But because the market for defensive coordinators has been so active in the past year, Grantham actually fell back in the pack slightly in the SEC. Alabama’s Kirby Smart ($950,000) and LSU’s John Chavis ($900,000) received salary increases after last season and Auburn hired Brian VanGorder from the Atlanta Falcons for $850,000. Even Sal Sunseri, who previously was Alabama’s linebackers coach, got $800,000 a year to become Tennessee’s defensive coordinator. And Chavis’ new three-year deal calls for $200,000 increases each year, so technically he would be the SEC’s top-paid coordinator with an average of $1.1 million a year.

However, like the deal head coach Mark Richt signed this week, Grantham’s bonus structure was increased dramatically. Grantham would receive an extra $150,000 if the Bulldogs won the national championship and $75,000 for an SEC title.

“With Todd’s new bonus structure, we feel like he’s right behind the two guys who have won national championships here in the last two or three years,” McGarity said. “We feel like it’s a fair deal.”

Also, as was the case with Richt, Grantham’s buyout stipulations were decreased. He can leave for an NFL coordinator’s job or college head coaches’ job with no penalty. Meanwhile, should he make a lateral move to another college job, he’d have to pay Georgia 15 percent of his base salary ($400,000) in year one, 10 percent in year two and 5 percent in year three. That’s down from previously.

“It is lower than it was,” McGarity said. “In Todd’s situation, it just gives us protection from a lateral move. The NFL is a different story; that’s a different world. And the aspiration of any college coach is to be a head coach and we wouldn’t have a penalty for that. We want to help him become a head coach. That’s our job.”

And make no mistake about it, Grantham would like to become a head coach some day.

“First of all, I like the job I have; I enjoy being the defensive coordinator at Georgia,” Grantham told me in an interview earlier this week. “I enjoy coordinating and I enjoy football in general. But I think any time you’re in a profession, you’re always looking to take on the next challenge. What’s the next challenge? Being a head coach is obviously a challenge. It’s something I would like to do in time. But I’m not looking to do it right now. Those things kind of come. I think it’s important you do a good job with the job that you have and, if you do that, that creates opportunities.”

Grantham will have to act more like a head coach under the new agreement. More than half of his salary is identified as “supplemental income” for “all radio and television shows and services, appearances and product or service endorsements.” He’ll be required to make at least six public appearances and eight “product or service endorsements.”

Also, Grantham is known as a fiery competitor who infamously made a choke gesture to a Florida kicker in 2010 and had a none-to-nose confrontation with Vanderbilt coach James Franklin at the end of a game this past season. To that end, at least two clauses in the contract address behavior. Item 1-G reads, “conducting himself at all times in a sportsmanlike manner and coaching the team in such a manner as to ensure the student-athletes on the team act in a sportsmanlike manner.” 1-I says, “conducting himself in such a manner as to uphold the highest standards of conduct and decorum expected of administrastors, faculty and staff of the University and its athletic programs.”

According to the documents, the terms were agreed upon on Feb. 1. Yet the contract remains unsigned, which McGarity downplayed Friday.

“It’s with the legal guys.” he said. “The thing is, everything has been decided on; everybody’s in agreement. There’s no urgency. It’s just where it happens to be on the lawyers’ stack of stuff. The terms have never been an issue.”

Grantham’s deal comes on the heels of Thursday’s announcement of Richt’s new five-year contract, which doubled his performance bonuses and reduced the buyout agreements for both Georgia and Richt in the event either side decided to part ways.

At this point, no other raises are expected for the other eight members’ of the Bulldogs’ coaching staff. However, McGarity and Richt both said they’re looking into increasing performance incentives for assistants as well.

87 comments Add your comment

Chaz Henry

June 8th, 2012
11:24 am

Let’s see, he gives up a huge amount of points in the SEC Championship game and lets MSU drive down the field in final minute and the LH’s give him a raise; only in Athens.

Chaz Henry

June 8th, 2012
11:25 am

1st by the way.

bh

June 8th, 2012
11:30 am

i understand the reasoning behind structuring Richt’s deal with the focus on performance bonuses. Frankly, based on the performance the last 4 yrs., I don’t see how anybody could have expected much more for Richt. However, I dont agree with this for Grantham. In just his 2nd year in cleaning up the mess left by Martinez (indirectly Rict’s fault), he had UGA’s d in top 5 in country. Plus he gets off his butt and hits the recruiting trail with sense of urgency.

General Ledger

June 8th, 2012
11:30 am

The offense and the special teams led to a lot of the seccg points. I think the defense only gave up 237 yards. They didn’t get a lot of help. You can’t blame all of that on Grantham. Ditto for the most part against MSU. If not for the offense, it wouldn’t have come down to having to make another stop. The defense did fine in that game until they got worn out because the complete ineptness of the offense and its lack of running game.

beanster

June 8th, 2012
11:33 am

What? Now way that’s on Grantham, AM and Bobo made it impossible for the D in the 2nd half.

Would you recommend we not pay him more and watch him leave for another job in the SEC?

THE Dixie Redcoat Band

June 8th, 2012
11:45 am

Chaz is right.

DawginLex

June 8th, 2012
11:52 am

AL is still a TROLL………..

WDE

June 8th, 2012
12:11 pm

Hey Woody guess what the Bull Dog Nation doesn’t care a lick about what you or any Buteye thinks, never have and never will. Now pull your rock back over yourself before you catch cold.

chilidawg

June 8th, 2012
12:14 pm

Did he get incentives for coaching the second half?

Buckeye

June 8th, 2012
12:15 pm

Curious how much of that inflated salary he will lose out on when Grantham (aka Beaver Cleaver) picks a post-game fight with a Vandy player and/or coach when the ‘Dores take the dogs to the woodshed?

chilidawg

June 8th, 2012
12:16 pm

That was a joke. I think Grantham is the right man for the job.

Buckeye

June 8th, 2012
12:16 pm

WDE,

You most be an imposter. You spelled “dawg” “dog”.

Wacha matter wit chu boy?

Buckeye

June 8th, 2012
12:17 pm

WDE,

Leave Woody alone. He’d kick your butt from here to Hahira.

WDE

June 8th, 2012
12:22 pm

The idea that any of you Butteyes can kick my butt is too funny , hell my puppy would run your sorry butts out of town…now get your sweater vests on and back under your rocks…

The Tide is trolling and nothing can stop it

June 8th, 2012
12:27 pm

look at me! look at me!

Dumbo

June 8th, 2012
12:32 pm

Woody Hayes….how’s old Bo doing…..

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June 8th, 2012
1:05 pm

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BiggDawgK

June 8th, 2012
1:09 pm

ohio st drops Georgia and flees in terror like the cowardly little girls that every suckeye is deep inside and we still have their moronic pathetic fans on the ajc running their sucks. The big 10 (lol) the conference of child molesters and cowards and of course losers.

bsg3003

June 8th, 2012
1:10 pm

Grantham Should be named coach in waiting…

The Rest of the SEC

June 8th, 2012
1:12 pm

Bobo isn’t getting a raise?

DAWG COLONEL

June 8th, 2012
1:23 pm

My guess is this is a bargain. 2012 will prove that Grantham is one of the premier DCs in the nation.

Big Albany Dawg

June 8th, 2012
1:27 pm

I’ll give it two years before he is a head coach. NCAA head coach, that is.

A-Ville Ranger

June 8th, 2012
1:45 pm

If the defense gives up 15 pts or less per game this season his contract should be re-written. We have to be competitive with salaries to hold onto coaches who are in demand.

A-Ville Ranger

June 8th, 2012
1:48 pm

Those who think Grantham should be coach in waiting are assuming a lot. He really doesn’t seem to have the people skills needed for the job at a school like UGA. He has yet to even prove his defenses can stop the better teams in college football. Our defense was beaten by all 4 good teams we faced last season.

Reality

June 8th, 2012
1:48 pm

Its actually funny watching “grown” men acting like immature teenagers on here. You celebrate being the first to respond to post like it is a major accomplishment. That’s what you would expect to see in a kindergarten class. You sound like a bunch of old ladies gossiping. Grow up and get a job.

AltamahaDawg

June 8th, 2012
2:02 pm

Those other guys have been around a while, and have proven that they will be around. This seems pretty fair for a 3rd year guy, who may or may not ever see the end of this college contract.

AltamahaDawg

June 8th, 2012
2:09 pm

So going on a rant ABOUT somebody declaring first is so much more mature, than declaring first. At least he had a reason.

slydog

June 8th, 2012
2:13 pm

basically, he took a little less money for a lower buyout package. makes all the sense in the world. but georgia better groom an understudy real soon because grantham is easier to hire away from georgia as opposed to kirby smart. it would take a lot more money and “pull” to get smart away from alabama.

North Georgia Dawg

June 8th, 2012
2:15 pm

To you idiots like the nerd who proclaimed first on this blog (how old are you?) Grantham didn’t give up 42 points to LSU, the defense gave up 28. Murray’s pick-six and the Honey’s Badger punt return were 14 points. Murray’s interception was not the fault of the defense in the bowl game and the offensive line’s failure to block put the defense in bad situations. On top of that, Michigan State was actually a really solid team if you looked at what they did in the Big Ten. If it wasn’t for Blair Walsh missing two field goals in OT, UGA would have won anyways.

I don’t know if you can’t do math or if you’re just stupid and look at scores when you’re looking to bash UGA. Get a life and stop obsessing over Georgia.

Destin Dawg

June 8th, 2012
2:28 pm

this is a special season coming up.. both Richt and Grantham know they have fair contracts.. and that whats done on the field THIS YEAR and next will take care of their careers .. Go Dawgs !!!!

Paddy

June 8th, 2012
2:40 pm

Destin Dawg…….you are right, they are fair contracts. They are good coaches and UGA and the fans should be happy they are on our side. This is going to be one very special season.

Joey

June 8th, 2012
2:40 pm

I jsut hope we can keep Grantham long enough for him to replace Richt when Richt decides it’s time for Richt to leave . . .

Joey

June 8th, 2012
2:41 pm

I just hope we can keep Grantham long enough for him to replace Richt, when Richt decides it’s time for Richt to retire . . .

Joey

June 8th, 2012
2:45 pm

buckeye, pretty sure Grantham won’t lose as much as a head coach of THE Free Tatts U, when they lie to the NCAA or slug a 19 year old in a bowl game. . .

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Kerryb

June 8th, 2012
2:54 pm

You think Mike Bobo is feeling dissed about right now?

Tide Rising

June 8th, 2012
3:13 pm

“Grantham didn’t give up 42 points to LSU, the defense gave up 28. Murray’s pick-six and the Honey’s Badger punt return were 14 points.”

Yes. And what you forget is that because LSU scored a defensive td and a special teams td and UGA got the ball right back that meant the LSU offense then had 2 fewer offensive possessions in the game in which to score. You only get about 12 possessions or so per game. In 2 games including an OT session LSU’s offense only scored 9 points against the Bama D. You guys got a long way to go on Defense.

Bow down to the defending national champions doggies.

gawgadawg

June 8th, 2012
3:22 pm

bucksbutt (buckeye) suffers from diarrhea of the mouth and a void between the ears and is a sissy boy like all buckeyes are as they were to chicken to play Georgia so they tucked thier tail and ran crying to thier mommies and said dont let the dawgs get me

Cdpridg

June 8th, 2012
3:37 pm

I tgink Todd Grantham does agree when I say It is Great to be a Georgia Bulldog!!!!

Dawg Days

June 8th, 2012
3:40 pm

Says a lot about the power and pull of The Bulldog Nation when fans (?) of other universities troll our websites. GO DAWGS!

Spike 80DF

June 8th, 2012
3:41 pm

McGarity knows exactly what he’s doing here. Richt will step down to become a missionary and Grantham will be HC in probably ‘15 and he’s not retaining Bobo, haha…..

Spike 80DF

June 8th, 2012
3:47 pm

you’re sure interested in Bulldog Nation aren’t you?

Beast from the East

June 8th, 2012
4:13 pm

His defense was ranked pretty high, but if you look at the stats against ranked opponents then not so much. I know some of that was due to turnovers from the offense, but elite defenses step up when put into a bad situation. I’m interested to see if UGA’s defense is as good as advertised this year.

nomobama

June 8th, 2012
4:14 pm

Ya’ll heard about UGAs new mascot named Sasha? He’s the cross dressing tranny parading around Athens…see the latest headlines on the ajc online. Only at UGA…the fun never stops!

Newnandawg

June 8th, 2012
4:20 pm

Least we’ve got one good coach.

Will

June 8th, 2012
4:25 pm

Updykes everywhere today…

His only equal is ??

June 8th, 2012
4:50 pm

Chavis won big BOTH AT LSU and UT. He is yet to win the NC at LSU but Chavis has a 1 in 3 or 4 chance this year of doing that. Kirby Smart? He is Nick’s puppet. Kirby is a ferocious recruiter but he is no HC yet and alone w.o. Nick, he is average, to less than average. Kirby is the product of Nick over looking his shoulder. Many folks know Kirby and he is no genius ………..beyond recruiting.

Now, CTG is the real deal and if he wins the SEC this year or next and a NC, or ends up two years running at #3 or 4 or 5, then he will be a very, very hot commodity, having turned UGA’s D fortunes around already in ONE YEAR> UGA is nearing the SEC’s very upper echelon with LSU and Alabama.

No, please do not mention AU and SC in the upper echelons now or later. SC and AU are fly by night programs. Once Spurrer is done and Lattimore leaves, SC is back to oblivion AND SC fans know it. Auburn? Already forgotten they are.

CTG might just become in say, three more years ……………..UGA’s head coach and the fans would overwhelmingly support that. THEN he WOULD BE MAKING that $$$ dough. THAT is his ultimate goal folks.

Go Dogs.

tony

June 8th, 2012
4:54 pm

A couple of weeks ago I watched the 1996 playoff game(Greenbay vs Dallas). Greenbay had the momentum going into the 4th quarter(Greenbay up 27-24). When Brett Favre threw that 2nd int in the forth quarter, Reggie White and the defense became disbogulated and could not stop Dallas in that 4th quarter. Dallas won the game 38-27. These are grown men folks – so you can imagine how disbogulated a college defense will become when their offense put the team at odds.

I like Todd Grantham and I think he deserves more than what he got. In his 1st season @uga his total defense rank 23rd. The year before he arrived in Athen WM total defense rank 38th. Heck, BVG total defense rank 49th in his 1st season @uga and 15th the following season. Todd Grantham have done a better job with the defense than BVG and WM in his 1st 2 seasons @uga.

The problem with the dawgs have always been the offense but the defense gets blame when they lose. Mr Richt hasn’t had a top 20 total offense since he arrived in Athen. If he had a top 5 offense alone with Todd Grantham top 5 defense they would of won the nc last season.

RedDawg

June 8th, 2012
5:00 pm

nomobama heard about bama moscot that’s right don’t have one. oh that’s right you do toilet paper and a fake elephant that’s so cool. Get a life please.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

June 8th, 2012
5:03 pm

good news for recruits!! at least they know richt/grantham are not leaving anytime soon. keep signing them..GO DAWGS!!!