It is unknown whether Michigan State offered the head coaching job to Grantham yesterday, but all signs appear to be pointing in that direction. Grantham is the only candidate believed to have had a second interview. Grantham believes that he has the job and has told friends informally that the job is his.
The defensive coordinator would not speak to the media on the subject following Cleveland's last second 24-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Browns stadium yesterday but head coach Romeo Crennel appears annoyed at the prospect of losing his outstanding coordinator to the Spartans.
Crennel, who said he wasn't going to address the matter further said "I know that he has a contract with us. We expect him to fulfill his contract," he said.
Grantham appears to be prepared to do just that.
Elaborating further Crennel stated, "there have been some other situations where coaches have gotten college jobs and have fulfilled their professional contract before leaving."
Crennel accepted the resignation of offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon (replaced by offensive line coach Jeff Davidson) just last month, but that was due more to Crennel's displeasure with the offense than Carthon's desire to move on.
With rumors of his job being in jeopardy, Crennel doesn't want his assistant's mind on anything other than winning NFL games and has recently said as much.
Notre Dame hired Crennel's colleague Charlie Weis away from the New England Patriots during the NFL season and Weis was able to successfully recruit for Notre Dame and run the Patriots offense, even through a long playoff run.
Grantham - according to sources - has assistants in mind, ready to begin making contact with recruits starting next Sunday, the beginning of the "live" recruiting period, while he will act as the "closer" of sorts, using his high profile position with the Browns to woo recruits should he receive the job this week.
Michigan State likely will not announce anything until Wednesday at the latest out of respect for the passing away of legendary Michigan head football coach Bo Schembechler. MSU will also very likely send representatives to the public memorial service at Michigan Stadium on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, President Lou Anna Simon should be applauded for her leadership thoughout this very thorough search process. Simon listed the criteria and the process MSU has used to date in identifying and sorting through candidates in an update on the Michigan State University official website (www.msuspartans.com).