Todd Grantham is reportedly returning to the SEC to run the Mississippi State defense.
According to a report from Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel, the former Georgia defensive coordinator will be hired to assume the same role with Mississippi State. It had previously been reported that Dan Mullen was moving on from defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon after one season.
Grantham spent the last three seasons as Bobby Petrino’s defensive coordinator at Louisville. His previously stop was as the defensive coordinator at Georgia under Mark Richt (2010-13). He also has NFL experience on his resume, having spent time as a defensive line coach for the Colts, Texans and Cowboys, as well as a stint as the Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator.
Known for his 3-4 defense and ability to stop the run, the experienced coordinator should be a welcomed addition for a Mississippi State defense that struggled mightily in 2016.
Mississippi State ranked 13th in the SEC in points allowed (31.8) and 12th in total defense, allowing 459.1 yards per game in 2016.