A South Carolina high school has banned Louisville’s Bobby Petrino from recruiting its players after the Cardinals yanked a scholarship away from the team’s star running back this week.
It was first reported incorrectly that former UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, now in the same position with Louisville, made the call pulling the scholarship on Monday to running back Matt Colburn of South Carolina’s Dutch Fork High School. It was Louisville assistant Tony Grantham who made that call.
“Not good, not good,” Dutch Fork coach Tom Knotts told GoUpstate.com’s Phil Kornblut.
“I tell my players when you commit, you commit. That’s what a commitment is. Matt’s been committed for eight months. It’s irritating that men can do this. He’s just a boy, a young man. He doesn’t know how to understand it. He’s very upset. Some things have opened up but that’s not the way it should be. It’s not right.
“Louisville is only going to hurt themselves doing this. Everybody knows not just what a good player Matt is but what a good person he is. That is not the way to do business and if that’s the way to do business we don’t want to deal with them.
“He (Petrino) won’t be able to recruit my school anymore and I imagine there will be some other coaches that will say the same thing. Trust factor is just not there. They’ve known about these three DBs wanting to go to the NFL for weeks now. To use that as an excuse doesn’t hold water with me.”
Knotts said Tony Grantham’s excuse was that Louisville had three defensive backs leave for the NFL, and they needed Colburn’s spot to add a defensive back.
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