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Bobby Petrino blocking grad transfer from 5 schools, including Kentucky

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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.


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23 Comments for Bobby Petrino blocking grad transfer from 5 schools, including Kentucky

  1. az1006
    1:48 pm April 7, 2017 Permalink

    This shouldn’t be allowed. Period. If a kid wants to transfer, he should be able to go wherever he wants. The coaches can, why not the players? Makes no sense at all.

    • Catsby80
      2:36 pm April 7, 2017 Permalink

      if i could like this comment 100 times, i would. when coaches aren’t held to contracts, why the hell should the kids?

  2. J-Dub421
    2:03 pm April 7, 2017 Permalink

    Petrino is a garbage human being.

    • ClutchCargo
      3:45 pm April 7, 2017 Permalink

      I disagree with the “human being” part. The rest is 100% accurate.

  3. Booby Petrino
    2:03 pm April 7, 2017 Permalink

    That’s why you shouldn’t commit to play for a terrible person.

  4. KTR2786
    2:08 pm April 7, 2017 Permalink

    Haha, hard to imagine any bad blood out there, Bobby is a saint and caddied for his daughter.

  5. secrick
    2:27 pm April 7, 2017 Permalink

    Petrino, Pitino the 2 P’s are 2 Peas in a Pod .

  6. kvltclassic
    2:27 pm April 7, 2017 Permalink

    Yeah, blocking future opponents is completely normal and an accepted practice. The only thing precedent I could see for blocking Mississippi State would be if there was some belief that the coach who left had been talking to the kid without permission granted so they don’t want there to be some unfair advantage gained by that. Well that or he’s being incredibly petty, which he shouldn’t get much benefit of the doubt.

    • kvltclassic
      2:28 pm April 7, 2017 Permalink

      Also the WKU thing isn’t surprising as another common practice is to block transfer to any in state opponent at the same level (FBS in this case).

    • chrisg18
      2:53 pm April 7, 2017 Permalink

      Just because it’s “common” and “accepted” doesn’t make it right. Kids should be able to go wherever they want.

    • kvltclassic
      2:56 pm April 7, 2017 Permalink

      I mean all industries are ruled by common rules even if they aren’t “law.” I mean technically schools don’t have to grant permission to contact anyone but that wouldn’t be good. I mean, I’m not justifying it either way, I’m just telling you the way that the industry works. If the kid hadn’t transferred before then at the end of the month when he graduated he could say adios and get out of there.

  7. RealCatsFan
    2:39 pm April 7, 2017 Permalink

    I don’t understand how a school can block the kid anyway, if he has his degree in hand and is a graduate student. Seems like he should be able to tell Bobby to kiss pappy on da head and go wherever he wants.

    • kvltclassic
      2:44 pm April 7, 2017 Permalink

      If you’ve never transferred you can grad transfer out like that but you still have to get permission to contact prior to graduating. If you’ve transferred before then you have to get a waiver to do the grad transfer and it is made a lot easier when the previous school is receptive to helping out.

  8. BigBluSoTru
    3:25 pm April 7, 2017 Permalink

    My wife recently took a new job in healthcare admin with a certain company and had to sign a no compete clause contract . Meaning unless she is terminated by said company. She cannot accept or go to another healthcare company in the same type capacity for a year thats within the same city or state.

    • njCat
      8:07 pm April 7, 2017 Permalink

      Right, and she is getting paid to sign that noncompete. Last time I checked, college athletes are not employees.

      There is absolutely no justification in allowing college coaches to control the lives of these athletes once they are no longer enrolled at their school.

  9. catsarerunnin
    3:38 pm April 7, 2017 Permalink

    UL should buy Petrino a new Harley for being such an outstanding coach and upstanding member of the community.

  10. blueballs80
    4:10 pm April 7, 2017 Permalink

    UL will fold for their upcoming season. Bobby Petrino will flame out.

    • ClutchCargo
      4:33 pm April 7, 2017 Permalink

      And I’m looking forward to giving them one last kick in the ass to end their season!

  11. CPACAT
    6:35 pm April 7, 2017 Permalink

    When will the NCAA step up and end these archaic prohibitions! It’s all about the amateur student athlete, the NCAA says out of one side of their crooked mouth, while allowing ex-coaches to “control” the future of kids that leave their programs!! Stupid!

  12. ABthetruth502
    9:35 am April 8, 2017 Permalink

    KSR’s continuous obsession with All things Louisville is Always Good laughs lol. Hey why not write an article about how that Story about Stoops knocking up a 20 year old dissapeared when Uk actually started winning a few games last year