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Mississippi State hires Louisville’s Todd Grantham as defensive coordinator

Todd Grantham
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Mississippi State has its next defensive coordinator, and it’s a face that’s familiar to many fans from around the SEC.

The Bulldogs announced Wednesday that Todd Grantham is the school’s defensive coordinator. He replaces Peter Sirmon, who is expected to assume Grantham’s former post with the Cardinals in what amounts to a trade of coordinators.

Grantham served as defensive coordinator at Georgia under Mark Richt from 2010-13, when he left to join Bobby Petrino’s staff at Louisville. While at Georgia and Louisville, Grantham was also responsible for coaching linebackers, a job that he’ll also have in Starkville. He previously coached on the staffs of four NFL teams.

Under the exiting Sirmon, Mississippi State’s defense was up and down in 2016. The low point came in November, when the Bulldogs gave up 109 points in a two-game span against Alabama and Arkansas. The Bulldogs finished 103rd in the country in yards allowed per play and 110th in total defense.

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