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Report: Louisville's Bobby Petrino feuding with staff, players

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Bobby Petrino is back as Louisville's head coach as the team moves from the AAC to the ACC this season.

Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is reportedly feuding with new head coach Bobby Petrino, and it's grown so contentious between the two that Grantham would have been fired before coaching a single game for the Cardinals were it not for a lucrative guaranteed contract.

And Petrino's callous reputation hasn't been improved with his players either, according to Sports Illustrated. Grantham left a much-maligned defense at Georgia after last season to join Petrino's new staff at Louisville, earning nearly $1 million per year on a five-year contract. Grantham isn't the highest paid defensive coordinator in the country -- Alabama's Kirby Smart is set to make $1.35 million this year -- but a five-year deal for an assistant coach is virtually unheard of, and makes Grantham much more of a fixture in Louisville than most assistant coaches.

"He's stuck with him," a source told SI of Petrino's relationship with Grantham.

While Petrino's reputation precedes him, Grantham isn't exactly Mr. Congeniality, either. Recall his confrontation with then-Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin a few years ago. It's not hard to imagine friction between the two. There was also this from a former Louisville player who wasn't shy with criticism of Petrino's way with his new players.

"The way he came in doing business I didn't like it," said former defensive lineman Jamaine Brooks. "The way he treated people. He just wasn't a good coach."

Ex-players often have an ax to grind with their previous coaching staffs, so take Brooks' comments with the proper amount of caution. But it's not as though he's attacking a man destined for sainthood.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.

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