Grantham Shoots Down Rumors

ATHENS - Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham shot down rumors of a return to the NFL level through a statement Wednesday.

Grantham's name was linked to the Atlanta Falcons opening at defensive coordinator, but those whispers are unfounded according to Grantham.

"This time of year there are a lot of rumors involving coaching openings," Grantham said. "Because of the terrific recruiting class we are assembling and the juniors that have communicated to me their desire to come back to Georgia I felt it important to address some of these current and any future rumors. I've had discussions with Coach (Mark) Richt and (AD) Greg McGarity and we are on track to finalizing details on a contract extension."

Georgia ranked fifth nationally in total defense, holding opponents to 277.21 yards and 20.57 points per game in 2011.

The combination of what the unit returns (nine starters, including safety Bacarri Rambo who passed at the chance to turn pro Wednesday) and the current recruiting class the staff is assembling, including latest commit five-star defensive end Jordan Jenkins, has Grantham's focus solely in Athens.

"My family enjoys Athens very much," he said. "I love the passion and excitement of our fans. We have the program headed in the right direction and I want to be a part of bringing Georgia a championship. My desire is to be at UGA for a very long time."

Grantham previously coached for a decade in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, Cleveland Browns and Dallas Cowboys.

He has one year remaining on a three-year deal that pays $750,000 annually. The contract negotiations Grantham referred to in the statement are expected to produce a three-year extension and annual raise.

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