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Has Mark Richt Found His Man at UGA?

ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 21:  Head coach Mark Richt of the Georgia Bulldogs against the Kentucky Wildcats at Sanford Stadium on November 21, 2009 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Bill HoneycuttContributor IIJanuary 15, 2010

The report coming in right now is that Mark Richt has indeed found his man. is saying Cowboys defensive line coach Todd Grantham has accepted the offer on the table from UGA to take over the defense. The contract details have not been confirmed, but it is said to be a contract that would make Grantham the third-highest paid assistant in the country.

Grantham has been in the college game before, but not since 1998. The past 11 years he has spent as an NFL assistant and defensive coordinator. Before moving to the NFL, he worked as an assistant at Virginia Tech under Frank Beamer, and then later at Michigan State under recent national championship winner Nick Saban.

Grantham, 43, has moved around quite a bit since being in the NFL, working for the Colts, Texans, Browns, and most recently the Cowboys. While with the Browns, he worked as their defensive coordinator for three seasons.

Another note: When Nick Saban was hired as Miami Dolphins head coach, Saban reportedly tried to hire Grantham as his defensive coordinator but was rejected because he decided to stay with the Browns.

If he is indeed UGA's man, hopefully he can fix the defense Willie Martinez slowly broke over two seasons.

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