Bobby Petrino and his Louisville staff are no longer welcome at Dutch Fork High School in Irmo, S.C.
Coach Tom Knotts told GoUpstate.com that after Louisville pulled a scholarship offer from running back Matt Colburn just two days before National Signing Day — giving him the option to greyshirt and defer his enrollment for a year — he felt like the trust with the university was broken.
“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,” Knotts said. “Trust factor is just not there.”
According to Knotts and Colburn, assistant coach Tony Grantham said Louisville needed the scholarship so it could sign more defensive backs to replace the three that declared for the NFL draft. But Knotts didn’t believe that was a credible excuse.
“They’ve known about these three DBs wanting to go to the NFL for weeks now,” Knotts said. “To use that as an excuse doesn’t hold water with me."
Colburn had been committed to the Cardinals for eight months and had cut off all other recruiting. He told the Louisville Courier-Journal that he didn’t want to take the greyshirt and sit out a year. The Dutch Fork coaching staff is now scrambling to find Colburn a new place to play.
"We are talking to any and everybody,” Knotts said. “Wake Forest, Navy, Charleston Southern, Georgia Southern and Kent State. That's kind of where we are right now."
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