ATHENS - Georgia announced late Monday that its signing day press conference, set for Wednesday at 2 p.m., would include head coach Mark Richt and his two coordinators, Mike Bobo and Todd Grantham.
Assuming Grantham shows up, and there's no reason to believe he will not, then it would be an opportunity for Grantham to once and for all put down the rumors about the vacant Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator job.
Yes, it's still vacant. As Les Bowen, an Eagles beat writer, writes in today's Philadelphia Daily News:
It seemed likely over the past few weeks that new coach Chip Kelly's long delay in naming someone to run his defense had to do with waiting for a Super Bowl assistant to come available.
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But we have no real evidence of that. Kelly could just as easily be waiting for national college signing day on Wednesday. (How ticked would you be if your son signed someplace, and the coach who recruited him was just waiting to get that name on paper to announce he's leaving for the NFL? It could happen, though.)
The Eagles, who throughout their head-coach search process confirmed when they had requested permission to talk to someone from another NFL organization, said they had no information on such matters Monday.
It also bears noting, as I've pointed out before, that last year Grantham publicly squelched rumors that were less prevalant than they were this year. This is what UGA released last year:
“This time of year there are a lot of rumors involving coaching openings. Because of the terrific recruiting class we are assembling and the juniors that have communicated to me their desire to come back to Georgia I felt it important to address some of these current and any future rumors. I’ve had discussions with Coach Richt and (AD) Greg McGarity and we are on track to finalizing details on a contract extension. My family enjoys Athens very much. I love the passion and excitement of our fans. We have the program headed in the right direction and I want to be a part of bringing Georgia a championship. My desire is to be at UGA for a very long time. Go Dawgs!”
Jan. 11, 2012
But the absence of evidence is not evidence itself. To be completely fair to Grantham, from every report he has continued in his role as Georgia defensive coordinator, visiting with recruits and working out of his office in the Butts-Mehre complex.
He had also, as of Tuesday afternoon, not notified athletics director Greg McGarity of any contact with the Eagles. According to Grantham's contract, he must notify McGarity of any "substantive" discussions about another job.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is all we know right now. Hopefully we'll know a lot more after Wednesday.