Georgia Bulldog fans everywhere must be thrilled. The change most of these fans were looking for was Coach Grantham leaving. But like this? Shocker.
Todd was aware of the heavy criticism raining down on his defense. The contract extension was down to one year. Probably not going to be renewed, because of the performance level the last two seasons. And suddenly, Bobby Petrino comes calling with a huge offer. Reports of the deal being 5-years & $5M guaranteed are accurate.
Boom! Grantham is gone.
Coach Richt has a shot to make a real impact with this hire. Got to get the best candidate possible. Up top of the A-List? Kirby Smart. Go back to him and see if the timing is right to make the jump back home. Maybe it is. Some things have changed, since he turned down the job 4 years ago. Offer him the job. Blow him away with the offer. Roll out the red carpet! Kirby remains Candidate #1.
Who does Richt turn to, if Smart turns them down? Jeremy Pruitt looks like a great fit too. The first-year FSU defensive coordinator is a Saban disciple. Teaches an aggressive, attacking scheme. Right now, he's working on a deal paying him $540,000. Coach Pruitt would be Candidate #1A.
Heard Mizzu DC Dave Steckel wanted the job. Would Gene Chizik be a B-List Candidate? Michigan State's DC Pat Narduzzi won The Broyles Award, for the nation's top assistant this year, but I doubt he's a real candidate at Georgia. Randy Shannon has those Miami ties (Richt played there). Looks like Vandy DC Bob Shoop is off to Penn State with James Franklin, so he's not a candidate.
Keep an eye on Bulldogs ILB Coach Kirk Olivadotti. Great reputation. NFL background. Football lifer (Dad longtime coach). If Smart and Pruitt stay put, Olivadotti could get a shot.
But the "Big Splash" would be luring Kirby Smart back home. Start there.
The final push in recruiting begins on Thursday. Need a DC in place by the end of the weekend to make this work. Time to make it happen, for Coach Richt.
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