Todd Grantham is moving back to the SEC, agreeing Wednesday to become the defensive coordinator for the Mississippi State Bulldogs, sources told ESPN.
Grantham has been Louisville‘s defensive coordinator for the past three seasons and was the Georgia Bulldogs‘ defensive coordinator from 2010-13. All three of Grantham’s defenses at Louisville ranked in the top 20 nationally in total defense. His 2014 defense led the nation with 26 interceptions.
At Georgia, his 2012 defensive unit ranked 16th nationally in total defense and 18th in scoring defense, and held its last five regular-season opponents to 14 points or fewer before losing a 32-28 heartbreaker to Alabama in the SEC championship game.
Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen is looking to revive a defense that finished 110th nationally in total defense in 2016 and 93rd in scoring defense. The Bulldogs gave up an average of 31.8 points per game, and after one season, Peter Sirmon was out as defensive coordinator.
Grantham, whose has 11 years of NFL coaching experience, has worked with some of the biggest names in the business, including Nick Saban, Frank Beamer, Dom Capers, Mark Richt, Wade Phillips and Romeo Crennel. Grantham was the Cleveland Browns’ defensive coordinator from 2005-07 and runs a 3-4 defense very similar in style to what Saban runs at Alabama.