While taking a few pulls off a handle of bourbon a couple weekends back, a gator buddy of mine said he heard that Coach Grantham's name was being mentioned for Rutgers to replace Schiano. Choking on the cigar smoke and laughing...I said, "Shoot! - he's no dummy. He's locked in in Athens....and if he's smart, for many more years to come".
|how would things have been different if Erk got the call in 89"|
Sure Grantham probably wants a head job sooner, but he's smart enough to realize the tremendous resources that come with the job in Athens. Just to name a few:
1. 3rd or 4th best state in the country for blue chip high school talent
2. top 5 most profitable athletic department in the country
3. top 10 program for fan support (don't under estimate that in coaching vacancies)
4. great college town with much more to offer than just Saturdays in the fall
5. member of the kingdom (that's the SEC for you Big 10 folks)
6. tradition rich program with long history of winning
7. storied rivalries
8. one of the greatest stadiums in all of football
Sure I know all this exists now for Richt too, but that's why he took this job and not the many others that were offered to him. If you remember back in 2001 when he took the job, Richt said it was time to "blow the lid off this program". And while it hasn't quite reached the pinnacle yet, I'd say he's done a solid job getting the Dawgs right to the cusp. Personally, I think Richt will hold up a crystal football one day. And when he does, while we're celebrating on Bourbon Street, he'll be handing over the keys to Coach G.
So anyway, back to my conversation on the porch a few weekends back. After I finished up with these same thoughts on why Grantham is not taking the Rutgers job.....may gator buddy said...."You might be right, Georgia's a sleeping giant".
All the ingredients are there. We just need to have the right mix of cooks in the kitchen....and I think they're in Athens now. Like I said, he's no dummy. Coach Grantham sees all this too.