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.