Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity has been informed that Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham will interview with the Saints for the same position. Grantham has more or less dodged reports leading up to National Signing Day about interviewing with the NFL and was said to have refuted reports to one recruit and his mother.
McGarity released a statement that he had been informed of the Saints’ interest.
“In accordance with his contractual obligation, Todd Grantham notified me Wednesday night of the New Orleans Saints’ interest in interviewing him for the defensive coordinator position.”
It was reported on Tuesday that the Saints would hire former Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. That report turned out to be false.
Todd Grantham’s name started emerging, and it was reported that he would at least interview with Sean Payton today. Grantham was asked about the report yesterday after signing day ended, and he remained coy.
“I told guys (recruits) that I love it, my family loves it and I fully expect to be here,” Grantham said. “But I told those guys as coaches if things come up you’re always going to do what’s best for your family and see what happens. But nothing’s come up for me from that standpoint where I feel I’ve got to contractually say something. So I’m in a good place, I’ve got a good job and I look forward to coaching here.”
This is the second time Grantham has been linked to an NFL coordinator vacancy in the last few weeks. New Eagles head coach Chip Kelly was said to be targeting Grantham, too.
Georgia fans, however, are up in arms about Grantham even interviewing, leaning on what he told new Georgia signee Davin Bellamy and his mother. Bellamy’s mother said she spoke to Grantham and Bryan McClendon before her son signed, and he told her there was no truth to the report. She spoke to the AJC before signing day.
“We spoke with Grantham, we spoke with (Bryan) McClendon, we’ve spoken with Mark Richt,” she said. “There is no truth to that and it will not affect Davin’s decision today.”
Bellamy signed with Georgia over Oregon, FSU and Tennessee.
But the reports are in fact true, and Grantham is set to interview with the Saints.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 7, 2013
#UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has informed the school last night that he the Saints are interesting in interviewing him.
— Radi Nabulsi ESPN (@RadiNabulsi) February 7, 2013
As it turns out, Grantham looks like he knowingly mislead recruits and their families. But what do you want him to do? Recruits sign with schools knowing coaching tenures are short, and in order to get promoted, it’s likely the coach will have to jump to another program. And taking an NFL coordinator job is most often better than a college coordinator job, depending on the goals of the particular coach.
The Grantham rumors may have already impacted Georgia in a big way. Other than Bellamy, Georgia missed on several top defensive prospects in the last few weeks.
Should we blame Grantham or Mark Richt for knowingly misleading recruits about the interview?
Recruits are told all the time to sign with a school that you will be happy at if the coaching staff leaves or gets fired. It happens every year at different programs.
It is deceiving, and it makes you appreciate the way Florida and Will Muschamp handled the same matter with Dan Quinn when he left for the Seahawks. It had little to no effect on Florida’s recruiting or signing day at all.
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