Richt Gets "Grossly Overqualified" Grantham

ATHENS - The search is over for Mark Richt and his defense.. click inside for audio from the teleconference.

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It may not have seemed like it would end any time soon just a few days ago, but Mark Richt did finally get his man - Dallas Cowboys' defensive line coach Todd Grantham.

"I'm excited the search is over, we have our man, and look forward to what Todd will bring to our defense, our team, and our University," Richt said in a statement. I think it is particularly valuable that he has a wealth of experience on the defensive side of the ball at both the NFL and collegiate levels. Now we look forward to moving ahead with the home stretch of recruiting, finishing out the defensive staff, and getting ready for spring practice."

Dawg Post previously reported Richt's interest in Grantham on January 6th - saying: "Today multiple sources inside of Georgia's athletic program have confirmed that Richt has zeroed in on Dallas Cowboys' defensive coordinator Todd Grantham."

Grantham is a 3-4 defense specialist. The installation of that defense at Georgia would be in contrast to the 4-3 defense the Bulldogs used under Willie Martinez and Brian VanGorder.

"I would like to thank Coach Mark Richt and Damon Evans for the opportunity for myself and my family to be part of the University of Georgia community," said Grantham in a statement. "I'm very excited about being part of a staff that will work tremendously hard to return Georgia football to one of the premier teams in the SEC. To the fans and boosters of the University of Georgia, I understand the passion and standard of excellence expected. I look forward to developing an aggressive, physical, attacking style defense that offenses will not look forward to playing against."

Grantham's deal is three years at $750,00 per year.

According to the Dallas Morning News' Todd Archer, Cowboys' head coach Wade Phillips said Georgia is getting an impressive defensive coordinator.

"He's contributed a tremendous amount to the defense," Phillips said. "He's grossly overqualified to be a defensive line coach. I knew he would be a coordinator pretty quickly or even a head coach. I think he's got all those qualities. We really appreciate what he's done and he'll finish up strong here."

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