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2012 Outback Bowl: Georgia Defensive Coordinator Todd Grantham's Sparty Ties Run Deep

The Athens-Banner Herald profiled Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham's rise through the coaching ranks - a career boosted in large part by a three-year tenure with Nick Saban at Michigan State, the Dawgs' Outback Bowl opponent: 

"Nick Saban’s probably been as a big an influence on my career as anybody," Grantham said. "Just the three years I was able to spend with him and his coaching and the way he ran his program and the way we did things there. … The volume of stuff we did, the way we called things and that whole process. Everything from the way we recruited to the way we game-planned. There’s a reason Nick’s won, and I was fortunate enough to be with him for three years. I owe a lot to him for my success."

The profile goes on to note the similarities between Saban's work at MSU and its influence on both Grantham's schemes at Georgia and the current MSU system. But it wouldn't be a Todd Grantham profile without a shred of controversy would it? Behold, band smack:

"There’s a lot of tradition in that conference," Grantham said of the Big Ten. "There’s a lot of passion up there from the fans. It is important to do well. Big Ten bands are cool, too."

Yeah, but has a B1G band covered Cee-Lo with indie darlings Band of Horses? Advantage: Redcoats.

For more on the Bulldogs, vist Dawg Sports. For info on the Spartans, check out The Only Colors. For a full look at the bowl picture, swing by SB Nation's college football news hub.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.