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DC Grantham leaves Georgia for Louisville

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Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is leaving Georgia to take the same the job at Louisville, Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt announced Sunday night.

Grantham will receive a five-year guaranteed contract worth $1 million per year, according to ESPN. The Louisville Courier-Journal reported that the annual salary would "approach $1 million," up from the $850,000 Grantham made annully at Georgia.

He was the Bulldogs' defensive coordinator for four years.

When Grantham came to Georgia, he installed a 3-4 alignment that led to an increase in sacks and takeaways. In 2011, Georgia ranked fifth in the nation in total defense.

Grantham previously coached in the NFL as an assistant with the Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts. He also coached in college at Michigan State and Virginia Tech. He has worked with head coaches Frank Beamer, Bud Foster, Nick Saban, Romeo Crennel, Dom Capers and Wade Phillips during his career.

Louisville hired Bobby Petrino as its new coach last week. After Petrino was hired, ESPN reported that Kevin Steele, Alabama's director of player personnel, was offered the Cardinals' defensive coordinator job, but he reportedly turned it down.

Former UAB coach Garrick McGee will be the Cardinals' offensive coordinator. He held the same position when Petrino coached Arkansas.
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