Georgia coach Mark Richt will almost certainly make one more run at Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart after the bowl season.
Smart, one of the hottest coaching commodities in the country right now, has already told his alma mater “no thanks” a couple of different times.
But look for Richt and the Bulldogs to make one more play.
If Smart elects to stay put, which he likely will, a guy to watch in Georgia’s search for a new defensive coordinator is Todd Grantham, who’s currently the defensive line coach for the Dallas Cowboys.
Grantham was the defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns for three years before being fired following the 2008 season. A former offensive lineman at Virginia Tech, Grantham got his start in coaching under Frank Beamer as a graduate assistant.
Richt has already talked to several people about the job. In addition to Smart, he’s had both Vic Koenning and Bud Foster on his radar. Koenning ended up going to Illinois to be Ron Zook’s defensive coordinator, and Foster will stay at Virginia Tech, where he will get a raise.
Most recently, Richt has been doing his homework on Grantham, who has an impressive list of coaches he’s worked under. After working under Beamer for six years at Virginia Tech, he worked under Nick Saban for three years at Michigan State. He moved to the NFL in 1999 under Jim Mora with the Indianapolis Colts and has been there ever since.
Grantham has been a 3-4 guy throughout his NFL career and also worked under Dom Capers with the Houston Texans before getting the Browns' defensive coordinator job.