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Grantham confirms NFL interest

February, 7, 2013
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Although he played coy on the subject at Wednesday’s national signing day press conference, Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham finally confirmed that he has received attention from at least one NFL club.

UGA athletic director Greg McGarity revealed as much in a statement released to the press on Thursday morning.

“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,” McGarity said.

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Grantham coy about NFL possibilities

February, 6, 2013
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Todd GranthamDaniel Shirey/US PresswireWill he or won't he? UGA D-coordinator Todd Grantham isn't saying much about NFL teams courting him, though he did indicate that some conversations, however insignificant, have occurred.
ATHENS, Ga. -- After Georgia’s national signing day press conference this afternoon, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham addressed in general terms the published reports that he is a candidate for multiple NFL job openings.

Grantham’s message: He hadn’t spoken to Bulldogs coach Mark Richt or athletic director Greg McGarity about specific job openings, as required by terms in his contract, because there was nothing to discuss. Not yet, anyway.

“If I feel like I need to discuss something, I have a great relationship with Coach Richt and Greg and I would definitely do that from that standpoint,” Grantham said. “For me, the most important thing is doing a great job at Georgia because I like my job here. At the same time, as you move forward, if opportunities came up, I don’t think it’s fair to comment on every particular one because then all I’d be doing is talking about the rumors and innuendos and those kind of things, and then I couldn’t do my job.”

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ATHENS, Ga. -- On the eve of national signing day, a report surfaced that one of Georgia’s most important assistant coaches -- defensive coordinator Todd Grantham -- will interview for a job in the NFL.

While ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday night that the New Orleans Saints are expected to hire former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan for the same job with the Saints, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that Grantham will interview for the position Thursday.

Georgia's recruiting class currently ranks No. 9 with 30 committed prospects expected to sign letters of intent Wednesday.

Grantham has been the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator since 2010, using his 3-4 scheme to lead a defensive revival in 2011, when Georgia finished fifth nationally in total defense. The defense took a step backward in 2012 while contending with a number of suspensions and injuries but still finished 18th nationally in scoring defense.

Grantham had been a longtime NFL assistant when Mark Richt hired him to replace Willie Martinez after the disappointing 2009 season. Grantham was the Cleveland Browns’ defensive coordinator from 2005-07 and also coached the defensive lines in Dallas, Houston and Indianapolis during his 11-year stint in the pros.

His name surfaced last month as a possible candidate for the still-vacant defensive coordinator spot on Chip Kelly’s new Philadelphia Eagles staff, but Grantham has not commented on that job or any other NFL vacancy since the end of the season.

Richt and Grantham are scheduled to participate in a signing-day news conference at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday at Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall on the UGA campus.

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