Granted, Gran had run a much more open scheme at Cincinnati under Tommy Tuberville, but his latest work has been the antithesis of the much-in-vogue Air Raid. (Which, as practiced by Hal Mumme, also had its day at UK.) Would Gran’s hiring have been Kirby Smart’s way of doubling down on ground-and-pound? Would Georgia fans, who always come to hate their OC, have hated this one before he hit town?
Moot point now, and here I note that there's disagreement as to whether Gran was actually offered the OC job. Chip Towers of DawgNation doesn't believe he was. Mike Griffith of the same DN reports that Gran was approached not as a coordinator but as a position coach. But Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio, who made the initial report of Georgia's overture, tweeted: "If Georgia people say tonight Gran wasn't offered, they're wrong. He was."
Whoa, Nellie. Whatever transpired (or didn’t), the Gran Man is now a hero to his home folks for spurning one of the big boys. Hey, I heard it on TV.