Out with Peter Sirmon, in with Todd Grantham. Mississippi State moved quickly to secure its new defensive coordinator.
Less than a day after it was rumored that Sirmon could be on his way out of Starkville after just one season, the Bulldogs officially announced the decision to hire Todd Grantham as his replacement.
“Todd has proven to be one of the best defensive coordinators in the country this decade,” MSU head coach Dan Mullen said per a release from the school. “He understands what it takes to build a physical and aggressive defense at the highest of levels. We are excited to welcome he and his family to Starkville.”
Grantham, who spent the last three seasons working in the same role for Bobby Petrino at Louisville, also had an official comment on his addition to the program.
“When the opportunity to be part of Dan Mullen’s staff presented itself it was something my family and I became very excited about,” Grantham said. “Coach Mullen has built a winning program in the most challenging conference in the country. Along with our staff, I look forward to re-establishing the Bulldog defense as one of the top defenses in the country and making the fans of Mississippi State proud.”
Grantham worked as the Georgia defensive coordinator from 2010-13. He will inherit a Mississippi State defense that ranked 13th in the SEC in points allowed and 12th in total defense.
The school welcomed the former Louisville and Georgia defensive coordinator to the “family” with a tweet on Wednesday:
— MSU Football ? (@HailStateFB) January 11, 2017