If he so chooses, Louisville graduate transfer cornerback Shaq Wiggins will be allowed to play at Mississippi State after all.
When Wiggins spoke to ESPN on Friday afternoon, he explained that Cardinals coach Bobby Petrino barred him from transferring to five schools, and two of them are in the SEC. One of those two schools was Kentucky, which makes sense because Louisville plays the Wildcats every year.
However, the other SEC school Petrino barred him from transferring to was Mississippi state, which Louisville does not play in 2017. But after appealing the transfer restriction to the University of Louisville, he will be allowed to transfer to Mississippi State if he wants to according to Howie Lindsey of cardinalsports.com.
Shaq Wiggins appealed to UofL about the transfer restriction to Mississippi State. Louisville will allow him to transfer to MSU if he'd like
— Howie Lindsey (@howielindsey) April 7, 2017
Wiggins explained to Edward Aschoff of ESPN that he didn’t know what Petrino’s reason was for disallowing his transfer to the Bulldogs, but he did say the coach put the restriction in place shortly after Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Grantham left for the same position at Mississippi State. Last year, Louisville cornerback coach Terrell Buckley also left the school to take the same job at Mississippi State.
Playing for those two coaches again sounds very intriguing to Wiggins. He also told Aschoff that he is considering South Carolina and Tennessee. Wiggins played at Georgia as a freshman, so he’s familiar with the SEC East. He transferred to Louisville at the end of the 2013 season.