Defensive Coordinator Todd Grantham Leaving Georgia for Louisville

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September 15, 2012; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs defensive coordinator Todd Grantham on the sidelines in the second half against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Sanford Stadium. Georgia won 56-20. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY SportsIt isn't taking new head coach Bobby Petrino (again) long to start building his staff at Louisville.

ESPN's Joe Schad reports that Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham will leave Athens for the same position with the Cardinals, which may come as a somewhat surprising move to fans of both teams.

The most surprising part though is that he will seemingly earn around $1 million per year in his new position on Petrino's staff.

That's, um, rather generous. To say the least.

It's also rather telling that most Georgia fans seem to be thrilled with this move. That should tell you something in and of itself about Grantham's tenure at the school.

Grantham was the defensive leader for the Bulldogs for four seasons, and ultimately, he helped Georgia achieve a ton of success in the SEC. But he certainly had his detractors within the Georgia faithful, as many fans believed that the defense underachieved more often than not.

In being one of the top teams in the SEC year in and year out, Georgia has had plenty of talent throughout the years on the defensive side of the ball. However, consistency was something that the Grantham-led defense couldn't seem to find for whatever reason.

This past season, the Bulldogs were dealing with a situation where they didn't have much experience on defense. And if you watched Georgia play at all, you know that it definitely showed. While Grantham certainly couldn't be to blame for a lack of experience, at times the defense was downright terrible, and signs of improvement were minimal at best. 

Had Petrino not hired him away, he would have been dealing with a defense that should return most of its starters from this past season. Had things not gotten better, there would have been even more backlash.

So, perhaps this particular move is best for all the parties involved.

For Grantham, it gives him a fresh start under a proven head coach in Petrino, and at a school that will play in the much weaker ACC. 

For Georgia, it's a chance for a new defensive coordinator (which should end up being a pretty high-profile coach) to step into a great situation with so many starters coming back.

It's a win-win for everyone, and it'll be interesting to see who Richt tabs as the new defensive leader for what should be a very good Georgia team next season.

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