Todd Grantham, who followed former Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen to Florida prior to the 2018 season, is not the only Virginia Tech product now plying his trade with the Gators, who were 36-28 winners over Virginia in Monday’s Orange Bowl.
Torrian Gray, a three-time All-Big East defensive back for the Hokies in the 1990s, just completed his first season at Florida after spending the previous two years as a Washington Redskins assistant. He earlier coached at Florida in 2016.
“I’ve never been in a situation where we lose a coach and basically every player on the team starts texting me, ‘Is there any way we can go hire this guy?’ ” Mullen was quoted in the Florida media guide in reference to Gray.
“I’d never met Torrian, but every one of our players was like, ‘We have to get him.’ ”
Minnesota took Gray in the second round of the 1997 NFL draft, and he played three seasons for the Vikings before suffering a career-ending knee injury.
Grantham, in his second year as the defensive coordinator at Florida, gave the Virginia media an update on his brother and fellow Pulaski County alumnus, Tony Grantham.
Unlike his brother, a former Virginia Tech offensive lineman, Tony Grantham, who graduated from Pulaski County High in 1991 and later earned a diploma from Radford University, did not play football in college but has had multiple coaching jobs. He just completed his first year as defensive coordinator at The Citadel.
Prior to the 2019 season, Tony Grantham had served three separate tours on Navy’s staff, and worked as a graduate assistant for two seasons at LSU under Nick Saban. He also spent time as the defensive coordinator for the Leathernecks of Western Illinois.
Around the ACC
Florida State, despite an unimpressive 6-6 regular season record , played in an ACC -record 38th bowl game in 40 seasons when it lost 20-14 to Arizona State on Tuesday. The Seminoles played in the Sun Bowl for the first time since 1966.
It might surprise some that Boston College will play in a bowl game for the 18th time in the past 21 years when it faces No. 21 Cincinnati on Thursday in the Birmingham Bowl.
The Eagles will be led by interim head coach Rich Gunnell, who was the wide receivers coach for ousted head coach Steve Addazio.
New Boston College head coach Jeff Hafley was the defensive coordinator for Ohio State in Saturday’s 29-23 Fiesta Bowl loss to Clemson. The Tigers’ offensive coordinator, Jeff Scott, was named the new coach at South Florida on Dec. 9, and will assume those duties following the College Football Playoff title game.
Having an impact
One of the key defensive players for Florida in its 36-28 victory over Virginia in the Orange Bowl on Monday was defensive tackle Jonathan Greenard, who previously faced UVa when he was at Louisville prior to transferring to Florida.
Greenard finished this season with a team-high 15 1/2 tackles for loss. Other transfers who gravitated to the Gators following the arrival of coach Dan Mullen came from Ohio State, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas and West Virginia.
A rare midseason addition for Virginia women’s basketball is Tihana Stojsavljevic, a 6-foot-3 graduate transfer from Texas Tech.
Stojsavljevic, originally from Croatia, began her college career at Maine, where she played in 16 games as a freshman in 2016-17. She sat out the 2017-18 season after transferring from Maine to Texas Tech. Stojsavljevic played in 10 games for Texas Tech last season. Since she had immediate eligibility, she made her UVa debut Sunday. Her eligibility will last through the 2020-21 season.