New title comes along with raise, contract extension for D-coordinator Todd Grantham

It doesn't sound like Todd Grantham's new title of associate head coach is going to add many new responsibilities outside of coordinating Georgia's defense. (AP photo)

It doesn't sound like Todd Grantham's new title of associate head coach is going to add many new responsibilities outside of coordinating Georgia's defense. (AP photo)

Athens – That Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham received a new three-year contract and $75,000-a-year raise this year has been well-documented. What hasn’t been, however, is that he also received a title change as well.

In addition to defensive coordinator, Grantham now is also the Bulldogs’ associate head coach. Georgia didn’t make an announcement or anything to that effect.  The title simply appears below his name and above Grantham’s bio on page 22 of the recently-released 2012 media guide.

Grantham was asked on Friday what the new role would entail for him. It doesn’t sound like much if anything will change. Here’s his convoluted answer:

“As far as the new title — and the salary, too, for that matter — obviously I’m appreciative of President Adams, Mr. McGarity and Coach Richt for allowing me to continue to be a part of this program and continue to move it forward to where we feel like we can go. There’s a lot of tradition here at the University of Georgia, which is one of the reasons I wanted to come here. And I feel like we’ve really just scratched the surface on what we can do. We just have to understand the things that got us here last year and continue to work hard to improve, because there are still things we can continue to improve upon and make the program better as well as make this season a good season.”

Grantham was asked if it would mean more responsibilities for him.

“Do more?,” he asked rhetorically. “As far as that goes, from a defensive perspective, I pretty much handle everything that needs to be handled from a defensive perspective. So, obviously if there are things in recruiting or things like that, they obviously will go through the head coach. But from a defensive perspective I’m pretty much going to handle the areas that you would think a defensive coordinator would handle.”

All of which is to say, Grantham’s day-to-day won’t change. However, his new contract does mandate a few more public appearances and the like. As of this past week, Grantham still hasn’t signed the new 29-page contract, which guarantees him $825,000 for the next three seasons. But Grantham’s comments indicate the deal is done in his mind.

“In any profession, the ability to have some stability for your family is critical because it allows you to really focus on the task at hand,” Grantham said, “and that’s getting our program where we want it to go. We had a good year last year, but I think there are obviously things left undone and it allows you to continue to work and focus in on that task. So I think that’s critical.”

Grantham and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo each had 30-minute interview sessions with beat reporters on Friday. Bobo talked about backfield adjustments being made in the wake of tailback Isaiah Crowell’s dismissal and other challenges facing the offense this fall. The coaches all returned from vacations this past week and are in the planning stages of preseason camp, which begins July 31.

Meanwhile, the annual “Countdown to Kickoff” event hosted by former Bulldogs David Greene, Jon Stinchcomb and Matt Stinchcomb, gets underway at 3 p.m. this afternoon at Woodruff Practice Fields. I profiled Jon Stinchcomb a couple of weeks ago. Information on the event can be found at ugakickoff.com.

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Go Dawgs!!!!

July 14th, 2012
11:12 am

Big Jacket

July 14th, 2012
11:24 am

Sounds like someone is pushing for Mark’s job.

Dawg Haus

July 14th, 2012
11:25 am

Good stuff. Keep it up, CTG!

Destin Dawg

July 14th, 2012
11:31 am

Grantham’s the MAN.. JunkYard Dawgs are BACK !! he has a great situation and he knows it ! ” stability is critical ” and its hard to find in coaching.. great lifestyle in Athens, Ga. on $ 900 K

Destin Dawg

July 14th, 2012
11:32 am

Obama “s going to raise your taxes !!

cdpridg

July 14th, 2012
11:40 am

Obama has to go! Grantham is the man! JYDDefense!!!

Smells weird on plains

July 14th, 2012
11:47 am

CTG is one of the best defensive minds in the country. The title is to keep him focused and in it for the long haul. Who knows he could take over some day.

Rainbow Tide Pride

July 14th, 2012
11:49 am

CTG is a stud!

Yeah, that "great defensive mind"...

July 14th, 2012
11:52 am

…really knows how to stop bad offenses, but his record against good offenses (SC, LSWho, Boise State, even GT, etc) is really , really bad. He certainly needs to step up his coaching in order to be considered anything close to “great”…

Destin Dawg

July 14th, 2012
12:03 pm

THIS is the YEAR.. CTG is only in 3rd year with new 3/4 defense !

senor dawg

July 14th, 2012
12:32 pm

Good we need someone with actual emotions to be in a higher control

buzzDawg

July 14th, 2012
12:33 pm

When you get near the top in defense, there is not a lot of room to go up any further. Yet, Grantham will be at the top with his defense this year. Then he will have to work on staying there. He knows what he is doing and wants his players to be smart and aggressive. I just hope he plans to stay at Georgia many more years. There will be a lot of ADs calling and offering him head coaching positions. Let’s hope none of them are appealing to Grantham. Go Dawgs!

WTF

July 14th, 2012
12:40 pm

In other news Vanderbilt Football coach James Franklin wet his pants.

GATiger

July 14th, 2012
12:42 pm

Don’t you want to find out how his defense performs against a capable offense before annointing him HC in waiting? He’s never been a DC until a couple of years ago, and hasn’t beaten anybody with a strong offense.

WTF

July 14th, 2012
12:45 pm

Yeah, that “great defensive mind”.. why did you include GT in the good offensives category?

GATiger

July 14th, 2012
12:50 pm

BTW, I wouldn’t include LSU on any list of great offenses UGA faced last year. By the end of the season, weren’t “run first”, but “run only”. Miles grew less trustful of his passing game as the year progressed, and for good reason. Even Grantham figured out that we weren’t a passing threat. Our offense didn’t beat you, our defense and special teams did.

Dawg Haus

July 14th, 2012
12:57 pm

Very true, GATiger. It was a good game until the Dawgs decided to pack up at halftime. LSU just had weapons for which Georgia had no answer, especially on special teams. What’s your prediction for the Tigers this season? Back to the Dome?

Beast from the East

July 14th, 2012
1:22 pm

The question is, will Game Changer come on here and admit he was a liar and fool for continuously saying there was not a new signed contract by Grantham? He repeatedly called numerous bloggers idiots and INSISTED everyone other than he was wrong.

Brainiac(CMR/UGA fan for life)

July 14th, 2012
1:25 pm

@ Yeah that “great…..

The defense did not cost UGA a single game. The offense cost us the USCe game as it did the MSU game. Boise was a better team at the point we played them and our D held LSU to ZERO 1st downs in the first half but we didn’t have enough depth to hold LSU down. Our O and Special Teams cost us the chance to play LSU close in the 2nd half. The 2 dropped SURE TDs .in the 1st half could easily have had UGA at 24 – 0 instead of 10 – 0 and would have definitely been much harder for LSU to overcome!!!!!!!!!!

We had NO RUNNING GAME all year except early on with IC before he started taking himself out of the game, getting injured, turning his back on CMR when CMR was trying to discuss some of ICs foul ups, getting suspended for various infractions and whatever else you may want to throw in. This forced everything onto AMs shoulders to win the game with his passing/scrambling etc. IC could have made a huge difference this coming season but I believe/hope our incoming freshmen RBs can contribute significantly as game breakers and we are not doomed if we have to rely on Malcom and Samuels. MM can go both ways and he asked CMR to let him go both so with IC gone I expect that to contribute greatly to get us where we want to be..

You know less about more than anybody on here!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah that “great = Large Mouth = Single digit IQ = Negative Troll = ZERO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Left Coast Dawg

July 14th, 2012
1:27 pm

Good for CTG

jarvis jones

July 14th, 2012
1:30 pm

Go coach! Thanks for helping me get to where I wants to go.

Brainiac(CMR/UGA fan for life)

July 14th, 2012
1:33 pm

@ Beast from the East:

Game Changer is a “know it all” so don’t expect him to do anything that a REAL MAN would do because it is quite obvious he is not a REAL MAN. I’m confident he still lives at home in his mama’s double/single wide and has no job or girlfriend and has to be home by 10:00 PM!!!!!!!!!

oldmaninatlanta

July 14th, 2012
1:37 pm

They get all these great numbers against schools like Little Sisters of the Poor and everyone just loves this guy.I say everyone ease up a bit..see what happens when they play a REAL school

TuffShhhtuff

July 14th, 2012
2:02 pm

Maybe TG can buy himself some diet pills or join a weight loss program. There’s is no excuse in the world for a football coach, especially college, to have a “gut” like that. Good grief, what kind of example is he setting? Knock off the beers, TG!

Raheem Williams

July 14th, 2012
2:07 pm

Please leave politics out of our football blog , if we wanted to hear that we would turn on fox and cnn. This about football keep it about football

Larry Bird

July 14th, 2012
2:09 pm

No Dawgs Allowd and Tuffshtuff are really James Franklin! Stop posting on here and go teach your players some football coach. We know you’re still crying about CTG yelling at you but get over it.

DestinDawg

July 14th, 2012
2:11 pm

Obama is the antichrist, he has to to!!!! Grantham on the other hand can stay as long as he wants. Better Raheem?

AMASONxDAWGx

July 14th, 2012
2:11 pm

One step closer!!!

Super Dave

July 14th, 2012
2:19 pm

Yeah AAAAA, your mom got picked up for prostitution again

Chas Hemry

July 14th, 2012
2:27 pm

Can’t wait to see improvement on his choking gestures towards college athletes.

The weird thing is, his defense chokes all of the time!

Super Dave

July 14th, 2012
2:28 pm

Chas, so does your mom

Super Dave

July 14th, 2012
2:28 pm

If you know what I mean ;)

Chas Hemry

July 14th, 2012
2:29 pm

2 SEC Titles in 30 years equals “tradition”… Not even in the top four of the SEC.

Chas Hemry

July 14th, 2012
2:32 pm

Jerry Sandusky posting as Super Dave

Chas Hemry

July 14th, 2012
2:33 pm

Don’t pick on Super Dave because he has two fathers (no mother)

Super Dave

July 14th, 2012
2:34 pm

Good one Chas, pedophile jokes are always funny right? Loser

Chas Hemry

July 14th, 2012
2:35 pm

Name two people that don’t like Super Dave:

His biological parents… Or at least that’s what his foster pappy’s say!

Chas Hemry

July 14th, 2012
2:36 pm

Yeah SD, right up there with “your mama” jokes

Super Dave

July 14th, 2012
2:37 pm

You’re on a roll Chas!!! So funny. This is a blog about a damn fine dc. Not a blog where losers come on here and talk bs. Get a life loser.

italian_29

July 14th, 2012
2:37 pm

Chas, you are an IDIOT. CMR has 2 SEC titles and I think Coach Dooly had a few more than 0.

Chas Hemry

July 14th, 2012
2:38 pm

Go back to the trailer park, Stupor Dave. I bet your jorts are dry now

Super Dave

July 14th, 2012
2:40 pm

You’re posting as a name of the kicker from UF, (kind of, you did not spell it right) and you’re implying I wear jorts? HAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

DonUGA

July 14th, 2012
2:41 pm

I think Todd is one of the finest things to happen to UGA football in years and it’s going to be sad next year when he gets a head coaching offer and leaves us.

Paddy

July 14th, 2012
2:41 pm

Believe he will make a really good HC one day soon. Glad we have him on our side!!!!!!!!!!!!!

gt4ever

July 14th, 2012
2:43 pm

Grantham has a PEA sized brain…. What a total JERK, and a continuing embarrassment for the University of Georgia….

Bo in North Carolina

July 14th, 2012
2:43 pm

Yes, Bobo, you heard it correctly. He is associate head coach now.

Chas Hemry

July 14th, 2012
2:43 pm

Italian Dog…. Check the record books. 2 SEC Titles after 1982….

Stupor Dave, so talking about someone’s Mom is appropriate. Yes, you are a winner!

You probably didn’t even graduate from college.

Super Dave

July 14th, 2012
2:43 pm

I agree Don and Paddy. I just hope it’s not after this year. Give us a couple more years with him!!! Bobo on the other hand… I hope Akron or Idaho or anywhere is dumb enough to offer him a HC job.

Super Dave

July 14th, 2012
2:45 pm

Chas, go away. You’re a loser. I know it, you know it, everybody reading these comments knows it. You don’t have anything better to do than come on here bashing TG and the Dawgs? Jealousy perhaps? Are you a Vanderbilt fan? Are you James Franklin?

Chas Hemry

July 14th, 2012
2:46 pm

Has Grantham won a title? He’s more known for being an -ss clown on the sidelines and getting fired from the NFL