I'm a little late on this, but I still wanted to put it out there - THANK YOU, KIRBY!!
We might have backed into this, but who would you rather have? A guy that has learned under Nick Saban, Frank Beamer (and Bud Foster), Romeo Crennel, and Wade Phillips while scheming against the top offensive minds of the NFL? Or a guy that may or may not make his own calls as the DC for the world's biggest control freak in Saban?
If you were to put the resumes side-by-side, its not even close - Grantham blows Kirby out of the water. During the weekend of Kirby's big decision, I had heard that Kirby and Grantham would both be DC's in the SEC - we just didn't know which one would be in Athens and which one would be in Tuscaloosa. I got really worried that Saban was gonna pull one over on Richt. While most of the DawgNation was upset with Kirby for using his alma mater for a big payday @ Bama, I was thanking him for staying put while I remained hopeful that we would hire Grantham. Luckily, our search finally ended a few days later.
So, once again, Thank You, Kirby - I am glad you are still in Tuscaloosa. I am looking forward to the product that Grantham will put on the field every Saturday.