Grantham hired as Louisville defensive coordinator
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Louisville coach Bobby Petrino speaks during a new conference Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. Petrino hired former UAB head coach Garrick McGee as the Cardinals' offensive coordinator. (AP Photo/The Courier-Journal, Michael Clevenger)
Louisville coach Bobby Petrino speaks during a new conference Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. Petrino hired former UAB head coach Garrick McGee as the Cardinals' offensive coordinator. (AP Photo/The Courier-Journal, Michael Clevenger)
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville coach Bobby Petrino has hired Todd Grantham as defensive coordinator and safeties coach.

Grantham joins the Cardinals after four years as Georgia's defensive coordinator. Before that, he spent 11 years in the NFL as an assistant, most recently as the Dallas Cowboys' defensive line coach from 2008-09.

The announcement had been expected since Sunday, when Georgia announced that Grantham had left the Bulldogs' program after four years as the Bulldogs' defensive coordinator. He said coming to Louisville "was a chance to win a title" and is expected to install a 3-4 defensive scheme with the Cardinals.

ESPN reported Grantham will earn $1 million annually in his five-year deal at Louisville.

"We're going to play an aggressive, attacking style," Grantham said at a Thursday morning news conference. "I believe in attacking the quarterback not only physically, but mentally. ... I think it's critical that you're good against the run."

Georgia was 36-18-1 during Grantham's tenure, including 8-5 last season. The Bulldogs allowed 29 points per game in 2013 and ranked eighth in the Southeastern Conference.

Two years ago, they ranked fifth nationally in total defense.

Petrino said in a release that getting Grantham says a lot about Louisville's program, which he took over a week ago.

"I've had the opportunity to compete against Todd's defenses over the years and have been very impressed with his scheme and how hard his players compete," the coach said.

Grantham's brother, Tony, was also hired as Louisville's inside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator. He had been the Naval Academy's outside linebackers coach the past six years and was also a graduate assistant under then-LSU coach Nick Saban, now at Alabama.

Todd Grantham said having his brother on staff is a boost since he knows the 3-4 system he employs.

He said his brother "knows the amount of time it takes to put in from a work standpoint. All of those factors are going to be critical in the development of the (line)backers and the success we're going to have."


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