But they were getting along so nicely.

With the SI.com story about the Petrino-Grantham friction going viral, in the spirit of Lyndon Johnson, all I can say is that I don’t care if it’s true.  I just want to hear them deny it.


UPDATE:  Here’s Grantham’s reaction(h/t Jeff Schultz)


UPDATE #2:  Problem?  There’s no problem.

Using Sports Illustrated’s standard, a source close to the program told me on Tuesday there is “no feud” between Petrino and Grantham and that the head coach does not consider himself “stuck” with Grantham and his five-year contract worth nearly $5 million.

“I’ve been around Bobby quite a bit since he’s been here and I’ve never heard him complain about Grantham,” the source said. “I’ve heard him complain about players and a few other things, but not Todd.”

In fact, the source said that he talked to Petrino specifically about this SI story. “Bobby told me the frustrating thing about this is it’s 100 percent not true,” the source said. “Bobby and Todd are fine.

“Bobby understands that he’ll always have things to deal with because of what happened in the past. He gets that and accepts it. But this story is wrong.”

That’s mighty big of him.  But here’s Lyndon Johnson, for the win.

Here is the issue: Petrino has a reputation. Grantham has a reputation. It is going to take more than several denials to swat this story down. It is going to require an entire season of (mostly) harmony and for Grantham to remain on the sidelines for at least Year Two.

We all know how much Grantham appreciates settling down in one place.



Filed under Fall and Rise of Bobby Petrino

29 responses to “But they were getting along so nicely.

  1. sniffer

    Didn’t somebody, somewhere, say that Petrino is a changed man?


  2. Bob

    If you can’t get along with Mark Richt, you sure as hell are not going to get along with Bobby.

    As for Louisville, sorry but all sales are final. No returns allowed. Enjoy. 😉


  3. JG Shellnutt

    I gotta take TG in a fistfight


  4. Gravidy

    Y’all better check the weather report in Hell, because I just agreed with a Bark Madly column.


  5. Noonan

    “He’s still Bobby (expletive) Petrino.”

    quote of the year


  6. Hogbody Spradlin

    I heard it was sheep.


  7. PatinDC

    I enjoyed that story. Grantham will now understand why CMR has a uber loyal stable of assistants and CBP does not.


  8. Nothing like a good dumpster fire.


    • Normaltown Mike

      pass the graham crackers, I’m done with my marshmallow.


    • Agreed, nothing like a nice fire to warm your hands on during the season. I’m sure there will be plenty of garbage to keep it burning strong. Couldn’t happen to a better couple of guys. I do feel for the kids tho. They are now stuck with and a-hole and a blowhard. Must stink pretty bad there.


  9. Bulldog Joe

    Miami vists Louisville’s island of misfit toys Labor Day night. Petrino’s already called for a “Blackout”.

    Miami’s QB situation is a mess, too. Will definitely have some folks over to watch that shitshow.


  10. CardDawg

    I’m kind of in between a rock and hard place when it comes to CTG. As a Louisville grad a fan, I want him to do well for my team’s sake. However, as a UGA follower (don’t feel that I quite qualify as a true “fan” just yet), I know the carnage he left in his wake in Athens. Given the track record of him (and the head coach), it’s inevitable that the match is lit to start a dumpster fire.

    Just holding my nose and hoping for the best…


    • AthensHomerDawg

      Not to worry. Evidently, there are plenty of Cardinal Kool Aid drinkers to make up for your departure. 😉
      Widely regarded as one of the best defensive coordinators in the country, Todd Grantham was tabbed by University of Louisville head football coach Bobby Petrino to become the school’s defensive coordinator and safeties coach on Thursday.


  11. So they can’t stand each other (can’t believe Grantham’s denial). Interesting, but not surprising at all. Yet they’re stuck together. FWIW, I think they deserve each other.

    I wonder how it’ll affect their games. Like, will Petrino be as generous as Richt was with his timeouts? Since they dislike each other, could it be Grantham won’t be allowed to keep two timeouts in his pocket to use when he can’t get his play called in time?

    This might be fun to watch.


  12. CannonDawg

    What’s Tom Jurich gonna do if the Petrino/Grantham feud becomes so public and toxic that big-time supporters start dropping away? Talk about stepping in your own poop. Maybe he could borrow Petrino’s playbook and catch a charter to Auburn to discuss the AD job with Crowder, then deny it when it becomes public. What an absolute cluster.