The five million large guaranteed was purely an afterthought.

(photo via Michael Hutchins/Louisville Athletics)

Todd Grantham bares his soul on why he left Athens for Louisville.

SI: So Petrino’s offensive background played a big part in your decision?

TG: That was 100 percent the selling point. When you take a new job, you look at all the factors. From an offensive standpoint, he knows how to put points on the board, and he also knows how to manage a game, and that’s big particularly in the fourth quarter. Being able to team up with that was something that excited me.

Most coaches knew how to manage a game in the fourth quarter against Grantham’s defenses, so I ‘m not sure what’s so special about that.

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28 responses to “The five million large guaranteed was purely an afterthought.

  1. Translation – It’s the Money. It’s removing myself from the hot seat in Athens. It’s getting Mark Richt off my ass.

  2. OrlandoDawg

    It’s certainly easy to see why he’d be looking to coach with a guy who knows how to put a lot of points on the board. Apparently our 30+ per game was not quite enough for his “system.”

    • Bob

      SI: So Petrino’s offensive background played a big part in your decision?

      TG: That was 100 percent the selling point. When you take a new job, you look at all the factors. From an offensive standpoint, he knows how to put points on the board, and he also knows how to manage a game, and that’s big particularly in the fourth quarter. Being able to team up with that was something that excited me.

      Because clearly 28 wasn’t enough against National Champ Alabama and 35 wasn’t enough against Top Ten Clemson and 28 wasn’t near enough against Top Ten Mizzou and 38 came up just short against SEC Champ Auburn. And if it hadn’t been for my defense, we wouldn’t have edged LSU and Top Ten South Carolina. (rofl)

      Clearly the genius’s 36.8 points per game at Arkansas in 2011 was the deciding factor over Georgia’s paltry 36.7 points per game this past year. Actually, I think it was the promise of a free Harley that put the Cards over the table. That and perhaps a bit of a push from Athens.

  3. Rival

    Mike Bobo gives the finger in the general direction of Louisville.

  4. Timphd

    “Managing the 4th quarter” must mean something different to Todd than it means to me.

  5. Scorpio Jones, III

    “What really flipped my switch was the free motorcycle…I have wanted one of those things all my life. I was afraid to ride one in Athens…the ACC cops, ya know?” said Grantham.

  6. Jeff Sanchez

    If I were him, offensive point production would be a big consideration too – cause my D sure ain’t gonna help

  7. AusDawg85

    And now we know who started the “I blame Bobo” meme.

    • Otto

      Grantham is being ajerk about this. However, In the final 5 minutes of the SECCG the defense came through. The 2nd to last possession the offense went 3 and out. The defense gets a 3 and out. The offense drives but the QB is call to spike the ball, the coaches are calling a play. CTG did his part, the offense failed twice in the final 5 minutes. The QB should not be questioning what to do. You want to manage the 2nd half, a defense that is rested don’t have 3 3 and outs in the 2nd half. I don’t disagree CTG needed to go but I have just a little faith that the offense can win more than a boxscore.

      • Bob

        That is utter nonsense. Had the defense not caved for 350 yards on the ground that last drive would have been a running out the clock drive. It is wonderful that the defense played the last 5 minutes…what about the other 55. And don’t think for one minute that Saban wasn’t being a bit cautious to avoid a turnover. As it is he put Georgia in a hole and we came up a couple of seconds and a couple of yards short.

        As for the defense not being rested, how about stopping someone. That will give your defense a rest. And playing someone other than starters in a romp just to preserve a shutout just might give you a bit more depth. Sorry, enough excuses for the guy.

        • Otto

          You’re still missing the point. The offense did not carry their weigh either. It is not defending CTG’s defense but that UGA lost in all 3 phases. 4:30 to go in the game, the OC needs to put together a drive. Maybe if the offense didn’t go 3 and out, the defense would have 1 less possession to defend.

  8. I Wanna Red Cup

    What a prick

  9. I think we can assume Grantham isn’t going to be on either the Richt’s or the Bobo’s Christmas card list this year. Fact is he couldn’t defend offenses with a pulse and never understood how to defend the zone read option.

  10. TennesseeDawg

    You have to score a lot of points if Grantham is your DC

  11. Watch his success rate improve, and herald that to having a better team to work with, better facilities, better offensive minds around him, better culture, etc. but in reality it’ll be coaching against the ACC that makes him look better.

    • mwo

      Do they not run wheel routes in the ACC?

      • I’m not saying he’ll be great or anything.. I’m saying he’ll have a better chance at winning games with his defense in the ACC than the SEC.

    • Rock and Roll Rebel

      Not having to play against Spurrier, Saban, Miles, Malzahn, etc. will boost your confidence surely…

      • Macallanlover

        He also won’t have UGA athletes either, so it will be pretty much a wash. Not being able to defend 3rd and double digits was the problem with him, and that contributed to how long the D was on the field before the 4th Qtr.

        • AthensHomerDawg

          Yes 3rd and long always left me uncomfortable. Even when the opposition was backed up into their own end zone. Geezz

  12. Daniel Simpson Day

    Meh. I’m not so sure there’s anything to read into this other than the chances of him fielding an improved defense in ’14 were slim and the chances of his subsequent walking papers were great. A 5 year lifeline was just that; a lifeline.

    • AthensHomerDawg

      At first I wondered if you were being tongue-in-cheek, yet you bring up a valid point. and the information is out there for anyone to examine and to question,
      Meh. I’m not so sure there’s anything to read into this other than the chances of him fielding an improved defense in ’14 were slim and the chances of his subsequent walking papers were great. A 5 year lifeline was just that; a lifeline.
      Well played sir. Why is it that you don’t post here more often?

  13. Red Dawg

    I bet Louisville doesn’t average almost 40 a game, Petrino has about as much class as Spurrier

  14. 69Dawg

    Todd just continues to exhibit the behavior that probably had the coaching staff at each others throats. Poor old Scott L the DB coach probably wanted to get out of coaching because his ahole boss was on his butt. I still marvel at Coach Richt not firing his butt at the end of the bowl game. Either Mark knew something was going to happen and in his gentlemanly fashion just waited for it or he is as bad a staff manager as we have seen at Georgia. I choose to think he knew Todd was leaving of his own accord and did not want to risk messing that up for him and Georgia.