If the reports are right, Louisville hired Georgia Defensive Coordinator Todd Grantham to fill the same position for the Cardinals. Apparently, Grantham will get a million dollars a year, a $150,000 increase over his Bulldogs’ salary.
I love it. I don’t care if Georgia’s defense was mediocre last year (It was fifth in the nation the year before, by the way). I don’t care if Dawgs’ fans are celebrating in the street, having ‘Good Riddance’ parties in his behalf. The fact that Louisville was willing to make this guy on of the top four or five paid assistants in the country means the school is serious – dead serious – about making the Cardinals a destination program.
Not that there was much doubt before. When other programs came sniffing around coach Charlie Strong last year, Louisville made him the seventh-highest paid head coach in the country. The school is also contemplating a second stadium expansion in five years. The school is pulling out all the stops.
And please, don’t preach to me about college athletics having gone pro. That ship sailed a long time ago. Want to see the Cardinals’ basket ball team? Hop in your car and drive down to the KFC Yum Center. And get ready to pay more than $40 for an upper-level seat. It’s been big business for a long time already. I’m just surprised it took so long for the school to get with the program.
Will Grantham be worth the money? There’s a lot of skeptics out there. But for a mid-level school trying to make the jump to the majors, such a commitment will be a solid selling point to recruits.
New/old coach Bobby Petrino must be thrilled right now. Hopefully he knows what else this means – when the payroll increases, so do the expectations.