Grantham to coordinate Florida’s defense

Todd Grantham to follow Dan Mullen to Florida and become the Gators’ defensive coordinator. [File]


[Updated, 10 a.m., 11-30] Now that Mississippi State has filled its head coaching vacancy, it’s cleared the way for Todd Grantham to follow Dan Mullen to Florida and become the Gators’ defensive coordinator.

UF made the official announcement Thursday morning.

Grantham had been considered a candidate for the MSU job, which was filled Wednesday with the hiring of Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead.

Mullen hired Grantham to be MSU’s defensive coordinator a year ago. His MSU defense in 2017 ranks No. 10 in the nation in total defense, giving up an average of 302.0 yards a game.

 Before going to MSU, Grantham spent three seasons as the defensive coordinator at Louisville. He also was the defensive coordinator at Georgia from 2010-13.

Overall, Grantham has 31 years of coaching experience that includes 11 seasons as a defensive coordinator.

Grantham coached for 11 years in the NFL and has worked under some of the game’s top head coaches, including Nick Saban, Dom Capers, Frank Beamer, Mark Richt, Wade Phillips and Romeo Crennel.


    • I’d say taking Miss St from 110th in total defense to 10th in one season is about as good as it gets, especially when you consider the talent he has to work with. Who cares what he did at UGA in one of the most heated rivalries in college football? What’s most important is he had them 3rd in total defense in 2011. He’s passionate about the teams he coaches. I’m sure he’ll be just as passionate about the Gators.

  1. For anyone that might not have actually played football……… is a good thing when the defensive coordinator and his defense have an edge. If you think a coach saying a kicker might choke with some common football adjectives is something really bad………… have no clue what goes on every play on the field. You should be worried about getting an aggressive nasty defense…….with an attitude………like the 3 that won national championships. The fact we didn’t like him when he was on the opposite side of the field is why we might light him on our side. Give our new coach your support and stop thinking you know more than he does………you don’t!

  2. Why would anyone start a controversy for one of our future coaches before they even arrive in town. Makes me wonder if they are Gators. What outcome do you wish for? Let’s see: Hates the Gators, regrets his decision to come to Gainesville, gives half effort…it’s not very intelligent to write negative crap: Try to say something that maybe is welcoming. “Welcome coach Grantham!” Go Gators!

    • Heard the same George, other places too. Only thing about him that puts me off a little is his resemblance to Al Gore…..but what the hey, if he can get the job done I don’t care if he looks like Alfred E. Newman!

  3. Grantham shouldn’t have to apologize for the gesture toward Henry. Henry made the game-winning kick and blew Grantham a kiss. Should Mullen have to apologize for not coming back to UF when Meyer resigned or after Muschamp was fired? NO!