ORLANDO, Fla. - Due to his many years as an assistant in the NFL, many have assumed that Todd Grantham will reach into his pro football past to find Georgia's new defensive line coach.
Saturday, the Bulldogs' defensive coordinator - who will make the hire - said that's not a sure thing.
"I don't think it's a gimme," Grantham said in an interview with UGASports. "I think there are good coaches on both levels. I wouldn't say that it's a prerequisite. It's just a matter of researching people available and figuring out what we are going to do."
Apparently there has been no shortage of potential candidates.
Grantham smiled and nodded when asked if his cell phone has been blowing up with calls from coaches looking to replace Rodney Garner, who accepted a similar position last week with Auburn.
He's not complaining.
"It's a good thing," Grantham said. "Once we get through this game we're going to talk and try to hone it down, try to solidify the position and try to move forward."
Although Grantham said he knows what he's looking for in Georgia's new defensive line coach, he denied that he already has someone particular in mind.
"I think there's a lot of quality people out there. I think the fit will be important. We will research all areas and get the best man for the job, a guy who can fit into what we want to get accomplished and move forward," Grantham said. "I'm excited about the pool of talent who has inquired. I think now it's just a matter of researching it and getting the best fit for us."
Grantham said he has also taken time to assuage the concerns of recruits - both commitments and non-commits - that the Bulldogs will get the right man for the job.
He added those recruits he's spoken haven't sounded very concerned.
"There hasn't been anything real big, but I have addressed with the recruits what our timeline is," Grantham said. "We're not going to rush anything but at the same time I think the sooner we can get it done the better and we'll work to get that done over the next couple of weeks."