ATHENS - There is now official confirmation that Todd Grantham has interest from the New Orleans Saints.
But the Philadelphia Eagles are now off the table.
Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity confirmed, through a spokesman on Thursday morning, that Grantham has let him know of interest from the Saints. The statement:
"In accordance with his contractual obligation, Todd Grantham notified me Wednesday night of the New Orleans Saints' interest in interviewing him for the defensive coordinator position."
Grantham's contract requires him to notify McGarity of any substantive discussions about another job. Grantham said Wednesday afternoon that "nothing has come up" that would require him to contractually say something. But then he apparently did notify McGarity on Wednesday night.
Grantham is set to interview with the Saints on Thursday, according to reports from the New Orleans Times-Picayune and NFL Network.
Meanwhile, multiple reports out of Philadelphia stated that the Eagles were set to hire someone else: Billy Davis, currently the linebackers coach for the Cleveland Browns.
The Eagles had been the team most prominently linked to Grantham. The NFL Network reported Wednesday that the Eagles tried "at least twice" to set up an interview with Grantham over the past couple weeks, but the timing wasn't right.
Several of Georgia's early enrollees on the defensive side of the ball said Thursday that they were finding out the Grantham news the way most everyone else was: Through the media.
"I came here to play for Georgia. But whatever coach Grantham's got going on, that's between him and that team," defensive back Reggie Wilkerson said. "I'd love for him to come back, but whether he stays, that's just up to him."
"Whatever he does choose, I wish him the best of luck. I hope he does stay though," safety Quincy Mauger said.
Nose tackle Chris Mayes echoed the line about coming to play for Georgia.
"It'd be sad to lose him, but you gotta move on," Mayes said. "It's like a business, so you know coaches change. I came here for the school from the beginning. That's why I kept my commitment, just stayed faithful to my school."
On Wednesday, Grantham said he couldn't say when there will be any finality to the situation.
"To me, there's nothing to discuss. And I feel like I need to discuss something, I have a great relationship with coach (Mark) Richt, and Greg, and I would definitely do that," Grantham said.
The Saints appear to be the main, and perhaps lone, option for Grantham now. ESPN reported on Tuesday that Rob Ryan was set to be the Saints' choice, but the team is at least going through the process of interviewing Grantham, and perhaps others.
Grantham just finished his third season as Georgia's defensive coordinator, after 11 years in the NFL as an assistant.
"I have a good job. And I think as jobs go in general, like in your all's profession, when there's inquiries about jobs, you can say is it something you're interested in, sometimes off a phone call," Grantham said. "Sometimes it may take a little bit more than that."