Grantham leaves Georgia to join Louisville staff

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 12, 2014 at 6:56 pm •  Published: January 12, 2014
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ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has accepted a similar position on Bobby Petrino's staff at Louisville.

Georgia coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday night that Grantham had accepted an offer from the Cardinals. Grantham was Georgia's defensive coordinator for four years.

Grantham, who was given the additional title of associate head coach in 2012, was earning $850,000 per year at Georgia. ESPN reported Grantham will earn $1 million per year in his five-year deal at Louisville.

Grantham produced mixed results at Georgia. In 2011, the Bulldogs ranked fifth in the nation in total defense. His 2012 defense struggled at times despite having seven players selected in the 2013 NFL draft.

The Bulldogs then ranked eighth in the Southeastern Conference in total defense and 78th in the nation in scoring defense in 2013. They finished 8-5 while giving up 29 points per game.

The signature play of the 2013 season for Georgia and its defense came in the final minute of the Bulldogs' 43-38 loss to Auburn. Nick Marshall's 73-yard pass was deflected by Georgia defensive back Josh Harvey-Clemons and then caught by Ricardo Louis for the go-ahead touchdown with 25 seconds remaining.

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