Grantham hired as Louisville defensive coordinator

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 16, 2014 at 1:43 pm •  Published: January 16, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville coach Bobby Petrino has hired Todd Grantham as defensive coordinator and safeties coach.

Grantham joins the Cardinals after four years as Georgia's defensive coordinator. Before that, he spent 11 years in the NFL as an assistant, most recently as the Dallas Cowboys' defensive line coach from 2008-09.

The announcement had been expected since Sunday, when Georgia announced that Grantham had left the Bulldogs' program after four years as the Bulldogs' defensive coordinator. He said coming to Louisville "was a chance to win a title" and is expected to install a 3-4 defensive scheme with the Cardinals.

ESPN reported Grantham will earn $1 million annually in his five-year deal at Louisville.

"We're going to play an aggressive, attacking style," Grantham said at a Thursday morning news conference. "I believe in attacking the quarterback not only physically, but mentally. ... I think it's critical that you're good against the run."

Georgia was 36-18-1 during Grantham's tenure, including 8-5 last season. The Bulldogs allowed 29 points per game in 2013 and ranked eighth in the Southeastern Conference.

Two years ago, they ranked fifth nationally in total defense.

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