Welcome to today on “As the Georgia Defensive Staff Turns.”
A day after defensive coordinator Todd Grantham bolted for a similar position at Louisville, defensive line coach Chris Wilson is interviewing today for the same job at Alabama, according to Shannon Terry of 247Sports.
Attempts to reach Wilson this morning have been unsuccessful. He’s said to be at the AFCA coaching convention in Indianapolis. (5:30 p.m. update: Bo Davis reportedly has now been hired from Southern Calfornia for the DL job at Alabama).
Secondary coach Scott Lakatos already resigned on Thursday, citing personal reasons.
Wilson, of course, would probably have to be retained by a new coordinator. It’s unclear how much latitude a new hire will have in who is on the defensive staff.
“These folks just walking out on us day by day,” cornerback Sheldon Dawson tweeted after the Wilson news came out.
New (or is it old?) Louisville coach Bobby Petrino is scheduled to address the media in Kentucky this afternoon, where he will almost certainly speak about Grantham coming aboard there.
Just a week ago, Grantham was already talking spring practice when he began his offseason message when he appeared on the Bulldog Roundtable on 680 AM.
“We had one senior, we had seven true juniors, we had six sophomores and we had nine freshmen play and two of them were really redshirts and seven true freshmen,” he said. “The one thing that we did do is we played hard all the time and even when we didn’t play well we kept playing hard, which allowed us to win some games like the South Carolina game, like the LSU game. We’ve got to work to do develop the maturity to play for 60 minutes, handle the attention to the detail.”
He didn’t sound like a guy that would be walking six days later.
“I like our team, I like the work ethic of our guys,” Grantham said.
Grantham talked about working to become tougher and more consistent.
“Right now we’re looking at recruiting, getting a plan for what we want to do,” Grantham said.
Of course, Grantham will be recruiting now for Louisville.
Georgia coach Mark Richt was in Indianapolis, too, but is expected to return to Athens later today.
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