- David Ching, ESPN Staff Writer
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Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has recently been rumored as a possible candidate for several open positions in college and in the NFL -- including the recently vacated defensive coordinator position with the Atlanta Falcons.
Grantham issued a statement Wednesday evening that addressed his interest in other jobs:
"This time of year there are a lot of rumors involving coaching openings," Grantham said. "Because of the terrific recruiting class we are assembling and the juniors that have communicated to me their desire to come back to Georgia, I felt it important to address some of these current and any future rumors. I’ve had discussions with Coach [Mark] Richt and [AD] Greg McGarity and we are on track to finalizing details on a contract extension.
"My family enjoys Athens very much. I love the passion and excitement of our fans. We have the program headed in the right direction and I want to be a part of bringing Georgia a championship. My desire is to be at UGA for a very long time. Go Dawgs!"
After All-American safety Bacarri Rambo announced Wednesday that he will return for his senior season, the Bulldogs could return as many as 10 starters from their Outback Bowl lineup -- losing only senior cornerback Brandon Boykin.
Grantham's defense ranked fifth in the nation in total defense in 2011, allowing 277.21 yards per game, 10th in passing defense (176 ypg) and 11th in rushing defense (101.21 ypg).