UGA DC Todd Grantham ducks questions of NFL

When Georgia coach Mark Richt wrapped up his National Signing Day news conference on Wednesday afternoon, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham became the center of attention.

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Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham speak with fans on National Signing Day on Wednesday at Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall.

Reports surfaced Tuesday that he will interview with the NFL’s New Orleans Saints today.

Grantham was asked on Wednesday if he will be coaching the 18 defensive signees this coming season.

“Right now, I’m the defensive coordinator at the University of Georgia, and I’m certainly looking forward to coaching those guys,” he said.

He didn’t deny he would interview with the Saints for its coordinator position or with any other NFL team.

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“You know what? I know a lot of people. I get a lot of inquiries all the time,” he said. “There’s no way that I’m going to comment on any particular one because if I did, I couldn’t do my job. … I’m just going to leave at it that.”

He said he told recruits — including outside linebacker Davin Bellamy who signed with Georgia Wednesday — that he and his family loved Georgia, and he “fully expects” to be there.

“But I told those guys, as coaches, if things come up, you’re always going to say, ‘Hey, what’s best for your family?’ And see what happens,’” Grantham said. “Nothing’s come up for me from the standpoint of I feel I got to contractually say something.”

Grantham is to notify Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity if he were to interview for another job, according to his contract, but hadn’t done that by Wednesday evening.

Kristian Garic, the New Orleans Saints sideline reporter, reported via Twitter that Saints coach Sean Payton told him that Grantham will interview today and former Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan would interview Friday.

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Saints plan to hire Ryan.

Payton on Thursday told ESPN Radio that he would bring in “between two and four candidates” to interview. He also said Ryan would interview at the end of the week. He said he had requested permission to interview NFL position coaches.

“I think within a week we’ll have a firm decision on that,” Payton said.

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The subject came up a few hours earlier when Grantham and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo fielded questions from fans in the Butts-Mehre building.

One fan asked Grantham if he would “be here for a couple of more years.”

“You know what? I can tell you this: My family loves it here, I like it here a lot and this is a very special place,” he said. “I think today needs to be focused on the players that we’ve got right here right now and trying to get back to Atlanta.”

Grantham’s contract allows him to leave for an NFL coordinator position without penalty.

Asked about NFL teams interest in Grantham, Richt said he was focused on the players he signed on Wednesday.


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