— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) January 14, 2014
According to reports from Bruce Feldman of CBS and Mark Schlabach of ESPN, the Georgia Bulldogs are going to be unable to lure Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart to Athens, so the next best option would be to pursue Florida State defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, also a Nick Saban disciple.
Former Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has gone to Louisville where he accepted a substantial contract guaranteeing him $5 million at $1 million per season.
It is not clear why Pruitt would want to leave the Seminoles to go to Georgia, but there has been some suggestion that Mark Richt may retire far earlier than some might expect and someone like Pruitt would inherit the job. That is speculation, but might explain why someone would leave a job like Florida State to go to Georgia in addition to the money involved.
The Bulldog defense has not been short on talent in recent years, sending a number of players to the NFL, but has not always lived up to its billing on that side of the ball.