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Todd Grantham responds to report in Sports Illustrated

Earlier today, Thayer Evans and Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated released a report stating that Bobby Petrino and Todd Grantham were having significant problems working together. Tonight, I called Todd Grantham to ask about his response to hearing of the report. First, have a look at what Sports Illustrated published earlier today:

 

Bobby Petrino says he’s changed. But in reporting a story about the new Louisville coach that is in SI’s college football preview, it appears Petrino is still just as difficult to work and play for. Sources with ties to the Cardinals’ football program and Petrino said there’s significant friction between Petrino and feisty defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. The two have feuded often since Grantham’s hiring in January.

So much that one source insists Petrino would have already gotten rid of Grantham if not for his guaranteed five-year contract that pays him nearly $1 million annually. He came to Louisville after four seasons as Georgia’s defensive coordinator. “He’s stuck with him,” a source said.

There’s also still lingering dissension among players about Petrino’s arrival. Some were so unhappy with Petrino’s frigid, explicit demeanor that they considered leaving early for the NFL’s supplemental draft in June according to one source.

“He’s a mean guy,” said Jamaine Brooks, a former Louisville defensive tackle who left this past spring. “He cusses you out. You’re never doing enough. He’s still Bobby Mother------- Petrino.”

Brooks initially supported Petrino’s hiring, which he quickly came to regret. “The way he came in doing business I didn’t like it,” Brooks said. “The way he treated people. He just wasn’t a good coach.”

I called Grantham tonight and got him in the car on his way home. Grantham said he had heard about the report earlier in the afternoon and "laughed it off". Grantham said there is nothing at all to the report, adding that he "is very happy here, my family is very happy here. Louisville is a great place...we're just getting started here." When I asked him about staff chemistry Grantham said, "...this is probably one of the best camps I've ever been in". 

I asked Grantham if Sports Illustrated, who is "reporting a story about the new Louisville coach", reached out to him either in person or via phone for a comment before posting the report. Grantham, "No one's asked me for a comment or even questioned me on anything like that...I laughed it off and moved on."  

Listen to the full interview with Todd Grantham below. 

Nebraska's new hype video "Soon" is very good

I don't know about you, but when I see the word "soon" - just the word, nothing around it - I think of this.

Soon

(For those of you who don't get the joke, feel free to join the 21st century.)

Turns out Nebraska's pre-season hype video, simply entitled "Soon", is a better use of the word. 

Three and out - Peyton's latest commercial, Michigan has 5 cleat options for Penn State, and the midnight lift

Zach: Peyton Manning's latest commercial imagines him as the manager of your local corner store.

I did not hate the casting of this advertisement.

Doug: Michigan has five (yes FIVE!) maize colored cleat options for their "Under the Lights" game against Penn State on October 11th.

As I've mentioned before, I'm a bit of a sneaker-geek, so this kind of stuff is exciting. I'd go with the ones in the bottom middle if it were me.

Scott: I just can't get over how funny the first 60 seconds of this video is. You may have to watch it twice to catch all the craziness going on.

Service academies should take note of this uniform idea from soccer

I would really like to see the service academies (Army, Air Force, Navy) pick up on this trend that the Navy soccer team is trying out.

It's not very often that I tip my hat to soccer in any way, shape, or form, so you might want to take note of this.

Not only is this a great way to honor the service men and women who have fought, and sometimes died in battle, but it's also something that can be exclusive to the service academies...and in the copycat world of uniforms, that's quite rare.

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