TIREY: Grinter still unsure of future

Maurice Grinter thought that everything was ready to go for him to begin his career as a college football player at the University of Louisville this football season. It didn't quite turn out that way. As Murphy's Law teaches us, anything that can go wrong, will. There is a lot of conjecture and speculation floating around now about why Grinter is not playing this season.

Maurice Grinter thought that everything was ready to go for him to begin his career as a college football player at the University of Louisville this football season. It didn't quite turn out that way. As Murphy's Law teaches us, anything that can go wrong, will. There is a lot of conjecture and speculation floating around now about why Grinter is not playing this season.

While he didn't confirm the rumor that the University of Louisville tried to pull a fast one on him, he did explain the situation. "What happened was," said Grinter, "I was a late academic qualifier. I qualified in mid August, like a couple weeks after practice had already started. By that time, I wasn't able to come in, because they thought I would not be in shape and ready for the season." The bad news for Louisville is that since Grinter was not able to get into practice, and therefore get ready for this season, they may lose his services overall. Kentucky was rumored to be in the picture as well, and neither school may win the sweepstakes for Grinter.

"I was talking to my family about it," said Grinter. "We were thinking about going somewhere else. Either way it goes, I am still going to have to sit out the season and enroll in January." In other words, Grinter becomes a grayshirt for what ever school he chooses to play for. That means that he will count against the scholarships for next football season and not this one, even though he will enroll in January. "Again, I haven't decided yet but I'm talking about it with my family. Right now, we're just going through it all, and thinking about everything. We're looking at all situations. We are kind of leaning toward going out of state somewhere. That might be better for me. That way, I wouldn't be caught up in all the Louisville/Kentucky stuff. Just not too far out of state."

What ever school Grinter chooses, they should learn rather quickly. "I should have about a couple of weeks before I have to make a decision," said Grinter. "I really don't have a list of schools right now. Basically, I'm interested in all the schools that were recruiting me at first when I was in high school." But whoever is lucky enough to land Grinter will be getting a big package to run out of their backfield. The 6'3" Grinter has been using all the downtime to beef up in the weight room. "I've been working out a little bit. I'm up to about 235 now. I want to play running back. I want to play tailback."


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