Bobby Petrino has his defensive coordinator... and it's Todd Grantham
There's a new member of the seven-figure club among college football assistants, and it's a name you wouldn't have guessed a month, a week, even a day ago.
After finishing 45th nationally in total defense in 2013, Todd Grantham will leave his post as Georgia's defensive coordinator for the same spot on Bobby Petrino's staff at Louisville, Joe Schad of ESPN reported Sunday. And he'll make $1 million a year to do so.
The list of assistants who pulled in $1 million in 2013, according to USA Today: Clemson's Chad Morris ($1.309 million), Alabama's Kirby Smart ($1.15 million), and LSU's John Chavis ($1.116 million). That's it.
What's more surprising, that Grantham got to $1 million after statistically his worst season, or that he had to leave the SEC to do so?
In four seasons at Georgia, Grantham's Bulldogs ranked 23rd, seventh, 32nd and 45th nationally in total defense, 39th, seventh, 34th and 54th in yards per play, and 36th, 23rd, 18th and 79th in scoring defense.
Say this for Louisville athletics director Tom Jurich and his preparation for the Cardinals' ACC move - every one of his chips is planted firmly in the middle of the table.
A guy quit his HC job to be OC and another left an SEC job for the same at Louisville. That's not bad.— Mark Ennis (@Mengus22) January 12, 2014
Man. Todd Grantham gets $1 million a year to go to Louisville? “You get $1 million. And you get $1 million. And you get …”— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) January 12, 2014