Todd Grantham has left his post as defensive coordinator at the University of Georgia, according to several sources, including Seth Emerson of the Macon Telegraph. It has been speculated that he is headed to Louisville to coach under Bobby Petrino, per Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald.
While some Bulldogs fans may be happy to see Grantham go, the timing of the transition could not be worse.
With national signing day just a few weeks away, the Bulldogs are now in quite a bind. Six current commitments play on the defensive side of the ball and will need reassurance that the unit is heading in the right direction. Furthermore, if the Dawgs hope to land talented uncommitted prospects like Lorenzo Carter, a big-name coordinator will be a prerequisite.
We are appreciative of all the contributions Todd has made to our program and wish him nothing but the best. But at the same time the opportunity to work at Georgia is extremely attractive and there already is, and will be, interest from some very, very outstanding coaches. We have a lot of defensive players coming back, as well as some outstanding defensive recruits, and there's going to be plenty of interest in coaching them. I'm excited about the prospects of a great defensive coordinator being on board as quickly as possible
Here are five possible replacements for Todd Grantham who could shore up recruiting and develop Georgia's defense into one of the best in the SEC.