Posted: 10:20 pm Monday, August 18th, 2014

Report: Petrino, Grantham already feuding (updated) 

By Jeff Schultz

S.I. reports Bobby Petrino and Todd Grantham are already feuding. Surprise!. (AP photo)

Bobby Petrino and Todd Grantham aren’t getting along, S.I. reports. (AP photo)

When “reformed” Louisville coach Bobby Petrino hired former Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, it seemed like a perfect marriage — if one were to assume a petroleum truck parking in a warehouse full of plutonium is a perfect marriage.

So maybe this won’t come as a surprise:

According to SI.com, Petrino has “feuded often” with Grantham since hiring him in January. The relationship between the two is so bad, one unidentified source told S.I., that Petrino would have fired Grantham by now if he had not given him a five-year contract worth nearly $1 million annually (which, by the way, wasn’t real smart).

I’m not sure how much credence to give the report because I’m often leery of stories that rely on unnamed sources, particularly when the stories are reported in part by Thayer Evans, who has had a recent history of botched and/or overblown stories. Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel, who has a co-byline on the “Inside Read” college football notebook, has a bit more credibility.

But the nuggets reported by Evans and Thamel certainly are entertaining — and certainly plausible, given Petrino’s history.

UPDATE: Grantham has denied that story, sort of, according to FootballScoop.com. Via the Scott Rousell of the website: “Grantham said he had heard about the report earlier in the afternoon and “laughed it off”. Grantham said there is nothing at all to the report, adding that he “is very happy here, my family is very happy here. Louisville is a great place…we’re just getting started here.” When I asked him about staff chemistry Grantham said, “…this is probably one of the best camps I’ve ever been in.”

It has been amusing to see so many national media members craft stories about the “new and improved Bobby Petrino,” whose long list of character flaws have been revealed at almost every career stop, most recently with the Falcons (where he walked out during his only season) and Arkansas (where he carried on an affair with an athletic department aide whom he had hired, leading to his firing, following a motorcycle crash involving the two).

Here’s the S.I. excerpt on Louisville:

Bobby Petrino says he’s changed. But in reporting a story about the new Louisville coach that is in SI’s college football preview, it appears Petrino is still just as difficult to work and play for. Sources with ties to the Cardinals’ football program and Petrino said there’s significant friction between Petrino and feisty defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. The two have feuded often since Grantham’s hiring in January.

So much that one source insists Petrino would have already gotten rid of Grantham if not for his guaranteed five-year contract that pays him nearly $1 million annually. He came to Louisville after four seasons as Georgia’s defensive coordinator. “He’s stuck with him,” a source said.

There’s also still lingering dissension among players about Petrino’s arrival. Some were so unhappy with Petrino’s frigid, explicit demeanor that they considered leaving early for the NFL’s supplemental draft in June according to one source.

“He’s a mean guy,” said Jamaine Brooks, a former Louisville defensive tackle who left this past spring. “He cusses you out. You’re never doing enough. He’s still Bobby Mother——- Petrino.”

Brooks initially supported Petrino’s hiring, which he quickly came to regret. “The way he came in doing business I didn’t like it,” Brooks said. “The way he treated people. He just wasn’t a good coach.”

So, the peace apparently didn’t last too long in Louisville.

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175 comments
Princess_Leia
Princess_Leia

Any more dwags arrested this week? And what are the latest Fulmer Cup standings?

TampGator1
TampGator1

OH-IO got a little of the nasty medicine Georgia and Florida fans had to taste last year when the Buckeyes lost Miller today for the year.  They will not have to play a QB with no snaps in major college football.   Sorry.....OH-IO.....but it might just be deserved karma for you.

dawg4u
dawg4u

If Petrino fired Grantham it would've been by leaving a note on the door of his office and not in person I feel sure.

BSNBC
BSNBC

A Pig will always return to the mud!

greenedefense
greenedefense

So, what this story actually means is that……. Josh Harvey Clemons and Shaq Wiggins will be transferring to Auburn after the 2014 season. 

greenedefense
greenedefense

LOL, I predict Louisville's Defense will set a school record for most points allowed in 2014. 

greenedefense
greenedefense

There is a storm brewing in Louisville and the aftermath will not be pretty! 

greenedefense
greenedefense

If Petrino had done his homework then he never would have hired Grnatham in the first place. Because of Grantham, UGA gave up the most points in their football history last season. I was rolling on the floor laughing when I found out that Louisville had actually hired Grantham at 1 million per year. I immediately reacted by saying "what idiots". UGA is the big winner here! and then we go and hire Jeremy Pruitt from the NC FSU. IT was all win win!

BRAVES01
BRAVES01

SI, AJC and Schultz - your scrambling for content this time of year, - I understand!  But this UPODATED article is a bunch of crap and I cannot wait until the Cardinals and the Georgia Tech Honey Bees face off - in any sport!


Fact - Gratham and Petrino are both passionate coaches and 2 encounters during Spring and Fall practices have them feuding - just not true They were just at a Cardinals rally together last weekend side by side. THIS STORY IS BS!!


Also, Brooks was damaged goods in 2013 with injury after injury - left over from Strong and he gained 28 lbs and was not doing anything to get back on the depth chart so UofL and Brooks parted ways.


Maybe the Falcons can use him?

ThomasD
ThomasD

Mark Richt and the dawg nation fell for the grantham schtick also. Hypocrites...you all!!!

JackClemens
JackClemens

I was raised better than to laugh at the misfortune of others, but I in this situation I cannot help myself.

ZBIRD
ZBIRD

Get on your bad motor scooter and ride! Ride! Ride! Ride! C'mon Baby! Yeah…Crank it on up!

OH-IO
OH-IO

@TampGator1 BTW, JT was an early enrollee, has been through 2 springs, a full season and now a fall camp getting ample reps with the #1s. He is also Urban and OC Hermans first dual threat recruit at Ohio State. He played Texas football and was a top ranked duel threat recruit. LSU and others offered. 


I know you like this type of information. The others don't care.  

OH-IO
OH-IO

@TampGator1



Boo hoo. The Injury


Boo hoo. The turf


Boo hoo,  Bad luck


Boo hoo. The refs


Boo hoo. The coach


Boo hoo. The oh so vaunted scheule


Good thing the dogs have showed me how to whine. NOT


Too bad for Braxton, Great opportunity for JT.  We have multiple fast skilled position players  ( this is for you tampa) to spread the wealth around. The only thing we've lost is Braxton's chance for a Heisman.  Everything else is still on the table. 



gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@BSNBC This is like "Ground Hog Day".....................freaking me out man.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@greenedefense That's what yall once said about CTG, i hope CJP lives up to your expectations.

Whiznot
Whiznot

@BRAVES01 Those two passionate coaches seem to be having a lovers' spat. I'm sure they will kiss and make up on the off chance that they win a few games. Petrino has a habit of falling in love with his hires and, for a million per year, Bobby expects Grantham to do more than coach. Does wifey know?

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@BRAVES01 Bring it on Red bird. Who said you couldn't be passionate and a richard.

greenedefense
greenedefense

@ThomasD You live and learn! So, McGarity told TG that he was welcome to find another job somewhere else and so he did!

TampGator1
TampGator1

@nevrenuftime 


You dug that up out of the gutter somewhere and posted it here......for what reason other than to stir up more hate?  Yes, you did.  

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@ZBIRD Petrino never made it to his house to stay all night.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@ZBIRD Good old Ronnie Montrose, ditto on crank it up!!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@OH-IO Ask Alex Smith what can happen when your back-up comes into the game. Enter Kapernick.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

@gtcaryd @OH-IO  enter losses in the weakest former BCS conference and more meyer post game heart attacks. my chest hurts OH-IO. My chest hurts.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@greenedefense @gtcaryd Just give time to coach, i am sure he is a good coach but your defense has suffered a little attrition. He has different players this year.