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Blog: Grantham on going to Louisville and the defense being ‘backbone’ to winning SEC East

Former Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said at an introductory news conference today that he got a text from some of his former players that he’s coached during his career after taking the Louisville defensive coordinator job.

“Of course a guy like Jarvis Jones hits me up, how excited he is,” Grantham said of the All-American linebacker at Georgia. “He was a first-round pick, led the country in sacks.”

Grantham was officially named as Bobby Petrino’s D-coordinator and surprisingly will coach the safeties. He was outside linebackers coach at Georgia and coached defensive line earlier in his career.

A video of the news conference was posted on the Louisville Courier-Journal website.

“What appealed to me most was being able to team up with coach Petrino and what he does but also the vision of the athletic director and if you look at the things he’s done,” Grantham said. “To win a championship, it takes a lot of different elements. And the first thing it takes is to have an athletic director that has a vision for the resources needed moving forward. And you obviously have that.”

Grantham said he thinks he can win a title at Louisville.

He said he thought Petrino picked him after seeing what Georgia’s defense had done while Grantham was there.

“Two of the last three years we’ve won the SEC East,” Grantham said. “We really have been the backbone of getting to those conference championships. I think the ability to see how we changed an identity and developed some mental toughness and physical toughness there and develop players.”

Georgia made the SEC title game in 2012 in a season when the offense finished in the top 22 in total offense and scoring offense and the defense ranked 32nd in total defense and 18th in scoring defense. Georgia’s defensive numbers took a hit in the SEC title game against Alabama and in the bowl game against Nebraska.

Grantham called Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich a person that is “proactive and stays out in front, gives you all the resources you need.” He talked about the “vision” that the strength staff has at Louisville.

He said having his brother Tony join him on staff as an assistant coach was “a factor,” in him taking the job.

He mentioned a few times about Louisville moving into the ACC.

“I’m really excited about bringing a title to Louisville,” he said.

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@amryder They start at 3:30. Like all practices, it’s closed to the public.

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