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BOZICH | Expecting Todd Grantham to stick with Louisville defense

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Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has been mentioned as one of three candidates for a similar job at Auburn. Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has been mentioned as one of three candidates for a similar job at Auburn.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was the second-highest paid assistant coach in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season. There aren’t many college assistant jobs where Grantham could make more money.

Auburn is one program – and the Tigers have an opening at defensive coordinator.

Grantham was mentioned as one of three possible candidates for the position by a web site that covers Auburn football. But a source close to the U of L program said that he believes Grantham will be back with the Cardinals for another season.

“He likes it in Louisville and his family likes it here,” the source said.

Could somebody lure Grantham away with more money?

It happens all the time, right? Auburn paid Will Muschamp $1.6 million to direct its defense last season, making him the highest paid assistant coach in the game before Muschamp left for South Carolina to replace Steve Spurrier.

Alabama also has an opening at defensive coordinator. Kirby Smart accepted the head coaching job Georgia. Smart earned $1.5 million last season. The Crimson Tide filled their opening with Jeremy Pruitt, the guy who replaced Grantham at Georgia.

According to the USA Today coaches’ data base, five assistant coaches in America (just Brent Venables of Clemson in the ACC) made more than the $1.3 million Grantham earned while working for Bobby Petrino in 2015.

Does that super-sized salary mean Grantham will return to Louisville for a third season?

Anything is possible when the college football assistant coaching carousel starts whirring. Grantham had an opportunity to join the Oakland Raiders last season, but decided to remain with U of L. He was rewarded with a raise.

One other note: The coaching grapevine has crackled with the name of one other U of L assistant – receivers coach Lamar Thomas, who played at Miami. Insiders would not be surprised if Thomas was on the move.

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