After one year at Georgia and three at Louisville, cornerback Shaq Wiggins has received his degree and is ready to transfer. Problem is, Bobby Petrino is putting his foot down about where. Wiggins told ESPN last night that Petrino is restricting him from transferring to five schools: Kentucky, Mississippi State, Purdue, Notre Dame, and Western Kentucky.
The fact that Petrino’s blocking him from coming to Kentucky is not surprising; it’s common for coaches to block players from transferring to schools on their schedule, which also explains not letting him go to Purdue. That’s understandable. BUT, not letting him go to Mississippi State, Notre Dame or Western Kentucky? What’s up with that? When it comes to Mississippi State, it’s all about former Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, who left the Cards for the same position in Starkville earlier this year.
“When [Petrino] said Mississippi State, I was like, it had to be deeper than what it seems to be because Louisville doesn’t play Mississippi State,” Wiggins said. “It just so happened to be Mississippi State on there, once Coach Grantham left.
“I really don’t know what’s his state of thinking or why he chose to put Mississippi State on there. It’s something personal, but I have no idea why. It’s really not fair.”
No, it’s not. In fact, Wiggins said Mississippi State would be near the top of his list otherwise because of his relationship with Grantham, who was also his defensive coordinator at Georgia before both moved to Louisville. Plus, Wiggins used to be coached by Terrell Buckley, formerly the cornerbacks coach at Louisville, who is also now on the staff at Mississippi State.
But hey, Bobby’s got a vendetta. Sorry, kid.