It’s been just over 12 hours since this website gave you an update in the Mississippi State coaching search. Now I must inform you one of their top candidates has taken another job. Ya hate to see it.
Joe Judge and Todd Grantham were considered the top two candidates for the Miss. State head coaching vacancy. This morning Judge, a former Miss. State Bulldog player that spent the first three years of his career on Sylvester Croom’s staff, left his role as the New England Patriots’ wide receivers coach to become the next head coach of the New York Football Giants.
I am shocked, SHOCKED someone would choose to live in New York City over Starkville.
Where does this leave Miss. State athletic director John Cohen? With Third and Grantham. Dan Mullen’s defensive coordinator at Florida, Grantham spent one season calling defenses in Starkville. A journeyman over the last decade, along with his time in Starkville and Gainesville he has held jobs at Louisville and Georgia, the place where the phrase ‘Third and Grantham’ was coined.
If State settles for Grantham, I’ll consider it a win for Kentucky fans. The fewest points Eddie Gran has scored against a Grantham defense was this year’s 21-point performance with an injured Sawyer Smith.
Throwing Grantham’s fiery tail on the State sideline is a much better option than an early alternative, Army’s Jeff Monken. I cringe at the thought of facing the triple option annually. Kentucky has not won in Starkville since 2008. If Grantham is leading the Bulldogs in 2021, I feel much better about Kentucky’s chances to snap that streak.
We’ll talk about all of the developments in the coaching search with a new 11 Personnel, dropping on iTunes tomorrow morning.