Louisville has dodged TWO bullets this year at it’s two most prominent assistant coaches when earlier offensive coordinator Garrick McGee turned down the Oklahoma Sooners (his alma mater) and now defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has turned down the Oakland Raiders.
UofL put out the following statement this afternoon:
University of Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham will remain with the Cardinals, UofL head coach Bobby Petrino announced Wednesday.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to have interviewed for the defensive coordinator position with the Oakland Raiders, but I’m committed to the University of Louisville,” Grantham said. “I said when I came to Louisville that I thought we could win a national championship, and we are building toward that goal with the success we had this season. Coach Petrino and Tom Jurich have given me a great opportunity and I’m grateful for their commitment. My family loves it in Louisville, and I think we are establishing something special here with head coach Bobby Petrino and our staff. Our main objective over the next week is to finish strong in recruiting and continue to bolster this signing class.”
In his first year as the defensive coordinator with the Cardinals, Grantham led a top-10 defense and his group led the country with 26 interceptions. Installing a new 3-4 defense, the Cardinals ended the year ranked sixth in the country in total defense, allowing 308.5 yards per game and were 10th in the nation against the run, yielding 108.9 yards per game. Louisville allowed 21.8 points per game and held four opponents to 13 or fewer points.
“We’re very pleased and happy that Todd is going to be staying at the University of Louisville,” Petrino said. “He’s done a fabulous job with our defense that ranked in the top 10. He’s one of the finest assistant coaches in the country, and you expect excellent coaches like Todd to get opportunities in the NFL. I’ve always had respect for the job that Todd has done throughout his career, especially this past year at Louisville, and we’re happy that he has and family will continue to be members of the Cardinals’ family.”