A missing persons report has been filed on the campus of the University of Georgia as the Georgia Bulldogs Defensive Coordinator Todd Grantham has gone AWOL.
Grantham was present for all of the National Signing Day festivities yesterday in which the Dawgs inked a great Top 10 Class. But if you ask most Georgia Fans they would be quick to tell you Grantham has been missing for more than a month now and yesterday missed signings were a result of his disappearance.
Well, whatever side of the discussion you fall on, Georgia AD Greg McGarity officially announced today that, per Grantham’s contract, he has been informed Grantham is actually in New Orleans, Louisiana to interview for the Defensive Coordinator job for the New Orleans Saints.
But is this really news? The answer is a clear no.
Grantham was pretty clear when asked about his intentions and future yesterday.
“You know what? I can tell you this, that my family loves it here; I like it here a lot; and this is a very special place and I think today needs to be focused on the players we’ve got here right now and trying to get back to Atlanta,” Grantham said.
A ringing endorsement, right?
Last year at this time, Grantham was quick to point out he was not going anywhere and personally contacted members of the media to let them know that those rumors were a bunch of baloney. That was not the case this year and Georgia missing out on some big name defensive recruits in the state and his comments clear tells everyone where is mind was.
Now is Grantham ready to jump back into the NFL? Probably not at this time. But he will use this interview and another possibly with the Philadelphia Eagles to paint his path for a bump in salary or a better NFL gig in 2014.
But you do have to question the timing, especially when the Bulldogs Top 10 Class could have been the No. 1 Class in the country with a couple of guys staying home in Georgia.
M Shannon Smallwood is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the US Basketball Writers Association.
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