Mississippi State defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has a great memory about his interview with Nick Saban at Michigan State.
In a piece by The Clarion-Ledger’s Will Sammon, Grantham relayed his experience interviewing with Saban at Michigan State in 1996. Apparently, the then-30-year-old Grantham expressed a difference of opinion with Saban about stances and hand placement for outside defenders.
However, Grantham stood firm in his view and explained his position.
“No way,” Grantham thought about his chances for a job, as relayed to Sammon.
Turns out, Saban was just testing Grantham. By the end of the interview, Grantham was Michigan State’s new defensive line coach.
“He’s really one of the best coaches that I’ve ever had on my staff,” Saban told Sammon.
That’s fascinating insight into Grantham’s professional approach and Saban’s respect for him. Of course, Grantham is Mississippi State’s new defensive coordinator. He’s no stranger to the SEC after working as Georgia’s defensive coordinator from 2010-13. He arrives in Starkville after working as Louisville’s defensive coordinator from 2014-16.
It should be fun when Grantham and Mississippi State take on Saban’s Alabama team on Nov. 11 in Starkville.