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Louisville and Mississippi State just swapped defensive coordinators


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.

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11 responses to “Louisville and Mississippi State just swapped defensive coordinators”

  1. catsarerunnin

    UL likes moving folks in and out and into various positions.

    1. ClutchCargo

      I see what you did there!

  2. Sentient Third Eye

    I wonder if the deal involves any strippers to be named later?

  3. BlueGrass

    Did MSU fire the DC?

  4. BlueGrass

    Based on this quote from the article, it’s definitely a step down in experience and results for UL:

    “Sirmon completed one season at Mississippi State, and before that served as assistant head coach, linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator for two seasons at USC. He previously coached linebackers at Washington and Tennessee.”

  5. theWilkman

    We didn’t have trouble scoring on either so bring em on!

  6. UKCatInNKY

    Doesn’t matter. MSU and Uavel were two of our three highest scoring games in 2016.

  7. Luether

    This is definitely an upgrade for Louisville…

  8. W.C.

    It’s obvious that Petrino got rid of Grantham because he used stolen information in preparing for the Wake Forest game without letting his boss in on the secret. L1C4

  9. The Professor

    I have no idea who got the best of that deal but I can tell you that most Georgia fans were happy to see Grantham leave for UL.

  10. BluKudzu

    Wonder if Grantham’s son, the LB coach, goes with him? Pete recruits well from JC and SC. Currently has some LB and DE on the hook.