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Grantham: 'Our heart is' at UGA

(Photo by Wes Blankenship/UGA Sports Communications)

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham issued a statement Friday night publicly withdrawing his name from consideration for the defensive coordinator position with the NFL's New Orleans Saints.

This came two days after National Signing Day and one day after Grantham interviewed for the position with the Saints and head coach Sean Payton.

"I want to thank Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints organization for the opportunity to interview and get to know them," Grantham said in a statement released by UGA Sports Communications. "They are a first-class organization in every respect. As I said Wednesday, Georgia is a great place, my family loves it here, and I do as well. This is where our heart is, and today I have withdrawn my name from consideration for the position with the Saints."

Multiple media outlets had reported that the Saints on Friday would interview Rob Ryan, who is being viewed as a favorite to land the job.

The Philadelphia Eagles, another team reportedly interested in Grantham, made another hire this week for their defensive coordinator position.

It now appears as though Grantham will stay for his fourth season at UGA, making the first time since the 1990s in his career that he has stayed in one location more than three years.

"I'm excited to start preparations for another season," Grantham said, "and along with the rest of our defensive staff look forward to coaching some really good returning players as well as developing some very talented newcomers."

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