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Todd Grantham tweaks Georgia during press conference

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

Todd Grantham spent four seasons as Georgia's defensive coordinator
Todd Grantham spent four seasons as Georgia's defensive coordinator. (USATSI)

Louisville's new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham held his introductory press conference on Thursday, and it seems as though he took a couple veiled shots at his former employer, Georgia, while doing so.

While talking to the Louisville media, Grantham called his Georgia defenses the "backbone" of the school's two SEC East titles. He also explained that the reason he left for Louisville was to work with Bobby Petrino and his offense.

“Coach (Bobby) Petrino is a very dynamic play-caller, a very dynamic offensive person," said Grantham. "To be able to team up with that was too good to pass up.”

Which is a quote that makes it sound as if Georgia's offenses under Mike Bobo weren't good enough, even though they averaged 34.6 points per game during Grantham's four seasons at the school.

Grantham then went on to praise Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich.

“Look at the things he's done,” Grantham said. “To win a championship, it takes a lot of different elements. And the first thing it takes is to have an athletic director that has a vision for the resources needed moving forward. And you obviously have that.”

It should be pointed out that when Grantham first arrived on campus at Louisville he tweeted out a photo of Louisville's indoor practice facility, something Georgia does not have.

Whether intentional or not, Grantham's quotes certainly seem like veiled shots at his old employer. Still, it's entirely possible that Grantham did leave Georgia for Louisville simply because he believes he has a better chance to succeed there.

Or it's the five-year, $5 million contract Louisville gave him. Only Grantham truly knows.

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