Today in weird sports stories: Louisville and Mississippi State essentially just swapped defensive coordinators. This morning, Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham accepted the same position at Mississippi State, where he will replace Peter Sirmon, who will reportedly replace him at Louisville. From FootballScoop.com:
Mississippi State defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon has agreed to become Louisville’s defensive coordinator, sources tell FootballScoop. The arrangement has been in the works for some time, sources told FootballScoop, but Louisville wanted to wait until current defensive coordinator Todd Grantham found new employment.
A few years back, Grantham reportedly turned down an offer from the Oakland Raiders to be defensive coordinator despite rumored friction with Bobby Petrino. This past season, Louisville had the 12th best defense in the country, and it should be noted that Grantham will be taking a pay cut to leave the Cards. At Louisville, Grantham made $1.4 million/year, while he’ll be making “only” $1.1 million/year at Mississippi State. What’s $300,000 per year when you get to get away from Bobby Petrino and coach in the SEC again (Grantham was the defensive coordinator at Georgia from 2010-2013)?
I do love Louisville trying to spin this as though they dumped Grantham and not the other way around. Sure, you wanted to get rid of the guy who’s given you a Top 15 defense the past few years and paid almost a million and a half dollars per year. Whatever.