published Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Todd Grantham tells Saints he's staying at Georgia

Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham talks with members of the defense in this file photo.
Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham talks with members of the defense in this file photo.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham withdrew from consideration Friday for the same position with the New Orleans Saints.

Grantham interviewed Thursday with Saints head coach Sean Payton.

"I want to thank Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints organization for the opportunity to interview and get to know them," Grantham said in a statement released by Georgia's athletic department. "They are a first-class organization in every respect.

"As I said Wednesday, Georgia is a great place. My family loves it here, and I do as well. This is where our heart is."

Grantham has been at Georgia for three seasons, helping lead the Bulldogs to 22 victories the past two years and two Southeastern Conference East Division titles. The Bulldogs had a veteran defense this past season that ranked eighth nationally against the pass (175.64 yards allowed a game) and 18th in points allowed (19.64 per contest), but they were a disappointing 77th against the run (182.14).

Georgia could have as many as 10 defensive players selected in April's NFL draft, leaving Grantham with a sizable rebuilding project this spring.

"I'm excited to start preparations for another season," he said. "Along with the rest of our defensive staff, I look forward to coaching some really good returning players as well as developing some very talented newcomers."

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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