Published reports originating out of Cleveland have defensive coordinator Todd Grantham leaving the Cleveland Browns to become head coach of the Michigan State Spartans.
According to the reports, Michigan State will name Grantham to the post on Monday replacing John L. Smith. MSU (4-7) finishes their season on the road at State College, PA., against Penn State and is not eligible to play in a post-season bowl game for the third straight season.
Neither head coach Romeo Crennel, nor Grantham himself would comment on the reports. What is known is Grantham quickly became the leading candidate after former Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers head coach Steve Mariucci removed his name from consideration.
Mariucci confirmed to FoxSports Radio what GSN reported over two weeks ago, that he met with MSU's brass for three hours, at which point he took himself out of consideration. This debunks several local reports from print media stating that Mariucci was never under consideration by MSU.
Grantham is the recommended choice of former MSU and current Miami Dolphins head coach Nick Saban who remains close with MSU basketball coach Tom Izzo. It is believed that Izzo asked Saban who would be the right person for the job.
If the report is true, it shows how much Grantham loves Michigan State. He is one of the NFL's hot coordinators and would likely be under consideration for any NFL vacancies that might arise this offseason.
Grantham has reportedly also been interviewing NFL and collegiate coaches around the league to begin building a staff. If he gets the job, he is expected to ask Browns defensive backs coach Mel Tucker to join him as his defensive coordinator, but Tucker could be a candidate for Grantham's old job in Cleveland.
There is some thought that he might keep offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin in place, at least for next season to retain recruiting continuity. High profile commit Keith Nichol of Lowell is believed to have some loyalties to Baldwin.
Grantham, the former MSU defensive line coach and assistant head coach to Saban in the late 90's, would be an inspired and solid move by the MSU administration. He would build a strong, defensive minded, disciplined team.
His NFL connection is likely to pay dividends in the recruiting wars as well.