Cowboys lose D-line coach to Georgia

IRVING -- Cowboys defensive line coach Todd Grantham will leave the team to become the defensive cooridnator at the University of Georgia.

Grantham was in the final year of his contract with the Cowboys and wanted to remain with the team but when a coordinators spot opened up on the college game, he jumped at the chance.

It has not been determined when Grantham's first day at Georgia will be.

"I think it is particularly valuable that he has a wealth of experience on the defensive side of the ball at both the NFL and collegiate levels," Georgia coach Mark Richt said in a statement. " Now we look forward to moving ahead with the home stretch of recruiting, finishing out the defensive staff, and getting ready for spring practice."

Grantham has been with the Cowboys for two seasons.

"I would like to thank Coach Mark Richt and Damon Evans for the opportunity for myself and my family to be part of the University of Georgia community," Grantham said in a statement released by the school. "I'm very excited about being part of a staff that will work tremendously hard to return Georgia football to one of the premier teams in the SEC. To the fans and boosters of the University of Georgia, I understand the passion and standard of excellence expected. I look forward to developing an aggressive, physical, attacking style defense that offenses will not look forward to playing against."

One interesting thing about Grantham leaving is that the Cowboys now have to look for a defensive line coach. In recent years, the Cowboys had finished their season at this point and their coaches and front office staff have been headed to Mobile, Ala., the site of the Senior Bowl.

The Senior Bowl is almost like a coaches convention, where head coaches looking to fill open positions interview not only college players, but sometimes assistant coaches.