Bobby Petrino has found himself making news for the wrong reasons yet again. And this time, it involves the transfer status of graduate transfer defensive back Shaq Wiggins.
Wiggins, a former 4-star recruit who transferred from Georgia to Louisville after one season with the Bulldogs, has been barred from transferring to five schools per Edward Aschoff of ESPN, and two of them are in the SEC. One is Kentucky, which makes sense given that the Wildcats and Cardinals play every season. The other is Mississippi State, which Louisville does not play in 2017.
But Mississippi State did bring on former Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, whom Wiggins joined in Louisville after Grantham had been hired away from Georgia.
“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,” Wiggins told Aschoff.
This is hardly the first time a coach has barred where a graduate transfer can go. This past offseason, Nick Saban tried preventing Maurice Smith from transferring to Georgia before relenting. And years ago, former Georgia coach Mark Richt could’ve done the same thing Petrino is doing now, and not have allowed Wiggins to follow Grantham to Louisville. Georgia did end up playing Louisville in the Belk Bowl in 2014, though Wiggins did not play in the game.
Wiggins announced his intention to transfer from Louisville in March. According to Aschoff, he is also reportedly considering South Carolina and Tennessee.
Of course, Petrino has bounced from team to team in the past and no one has ever barred him from doing so. Petrino left the Atlanta Falcons late in the 2007 season to take the Arkansas job. He later left Western Kentucky after one season to become the coach at Louisville.
Petrino also barred Wiggins from transferring to Notre Dame, Purdue and Western Kentucky.