It’s now official. In a press statement released today, Tate Forcier has chosen to transfer from the University of Michigan.
I am proud to have been part of Michigan Football history and will always cherish the memory. The last few weeks I worked extremely hard to catch back up. I really wanted to stay. I was not giving up on Michigan, but in the end, it was made clear they had given up on me.
The entire press release is riddled with wonderful quotes worthy of spending hours analyzing. But to take a shot at Michigan for “giving up on him”, whether true or not, seems like the sort of classless gesture we’ve come to expect from the former Heisman Trophy pretender.
I have to admit, it’s really tough to see him go. We’ve enjoyed watching him muddle through all of his trials and tribulations. How many players could give us wonderfully humorous memories like these? Read More
“All you need to know is I’m out.” – Tate Forcier
Less than a minute had passed since the Michigan football team beat Connecticut, 30-10, in the season opener and sophomore quarterback Tate Forcier appeared to make his decision.
Through his words and his body language, he had no interest in remaining at Michigan. When asked if he had a minute, he responded with those eight words.
While it’s not sure what this might mean, given the earlier speculation, the frustrations about his participation and leadership during the offseason, his potential academic issues, and other factors it may not be long before we see last year’s “QB savior” on another team’s sidelines.
UPDATE: According to Tate’s dad, there’s no transfer in the works.
“This is a good growing experience from this. The way I see it, it’s a long season. We knew disciplinary action was coming.” – Mike Forcier
As people who watch football on TV and write on the ebays, we’ll never know the ins and outs behind the scenes in these situations. Tressel has handled things in-house in the past, so it’s not beyond belief that this could be a response to something else and not a permanent demotion.
However, it would be unfortunate if the decision to limit his playing time was somehow connected to participation (or lack thereof) in off-season workouts. You know, given the circumstances.
“And Tate, he tries to come out, but he’s not as consistent as Denard is. And that’s allowed Denard to jump a little bit ahead of Tate and I think that Tate’s going to have to do a lot of work to catch back up to Denard in camp this year.”
According to Woolfolk, what was once a neck-and-neck race between Forcier and Robinson for the starting quarterback job has begun to tip in Robinson’s favor. And a big reason for that, Woolfolk said, is the team’s perception of players who don’t show up to voluntary workouts.
“I personally have a lack of respect for them,” Woolfolk said. “The outlook on them is kind of diseased. Like you don’t want to be hanging around those people because they have bad work ethic. But at the same time, it’s my role to try to persuade them to come out more.”
According to Woolfolk, Forcier hasn’t shown up to as many workouts as him and the other seniors feel he should have, and Woolfolk said it’s hurting his teammates’ perception of their signal caller.
“The only reason he’s not really labeled as diseased is because of the way he was able to carry the team last year before we started losing. People still trust him a little bit, but he’s starting to lose that trust.”
Of course, that would be fabulous:
Michigan QB Tate Forcier (or at least former Michigan QB, his ass is getting benched in the near future) and his family have a webpage called qbforce.com. It is filled with remarkable amounts of stupidity and poor grammar. I highly recommend trying to navigate through the mess if you have the stomach for it.
In particular, everyone should check out the hall of shame. Apparently it is supposed to be used as a source of motivation… or something. Luckily for us it doubles as a source of entertainment and humor.
First of all, I would like to state publicly that it is now a mission of mine to make it into the ‘hall of shame’ as much as possible (check out the section where they track bad press and negative message board material). Secondly, we have already made it into the illustrious hall once with this video that Jeff put together.
Seriously, everyone should check out that site if they haven’t already, it is full of awesomeness.
Enjoy the weekend everyone.
The Michigan Daily is reporting that UM “quarterback” Tate Forcier was seen at class today wearing a boot and sporting a pair of crutches;
Sophomore Tate Forcier, a quarterback on the Michigan football team, walked to class at about 10 a.m. this morning with crutches and wearing a black boot around his foot and ankle, a Michigan Daily reporter observed.
When contacted earlier today, Michigan football sports information director David Ablauf said he could not comment on the situation and said that Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez is the only one who can comment on injuries.
The Wolverines are being hush-hush about it, which means he probably injured it while shredding documents regarding practice sessions.
UPDATE – When asked about the injury, Forcier panicked. He quickly found the nearest person wearing red and handed them a football.
Mich1gAAn’s got themselves a “spunky” quarterback. Maybe you’ve heard.
However, it sounds like his maturation as a collegiate athlete needs a course in “not letting your mouth write checks that your body (and team) can’t cash”. Case in point, from ESPN’s coverage of their debacle yesterday-
“If I have to spend 10 hours this week watching film, I’m going to do that,” Forcier said. “We’re going to get the seniors to a bowl game. We’re going to come out and do what we need to do to beat Ohio State.“
Wow. 10 hours, huh? How will you ever have time to actually accomplish all the practicing that you guys do each week?
Seems as if the young’un also hasn’t had any interactions with alumni, particularly the last undersized loudmouth who “guaranteed” a victory in The Game.
Of course, given that most of the victories in Ann Arbor these days are of the “moral” variety, perhaps Tate will consider it a “win” if he’s still ambulatory at the end of the game.
Not that that’s a likelihood, either.
Of course, I could be reading this wrong. It could be that he’s planning on watching an informational video on how to make money in real estate, and then use the profits to buy tickets to the bowl game over in Detroit.
I’m sure the seniors would appreciate that- it’d still be better than the game they went to last year.
Here’s this week’s soundtrack/music to piss off the people in the cubicle next to you.
Every season, there’s one or two weeks that just screw up everything. From the Vegas lines, to the “pundit’s choices”, to alumni plans for Bowl Game Tailgating, and even the coaching hot seats get impacted by what actually manifests on the fields of play.
Welcome to that week. Be it the weather, the injuries, the flu, whatever- some astounding and amazing stuff happened over the past few days.
The top teams all continue to cruise along, with the exception of Florida who lost their Heisman Trophy fullback that throws the ball to one of the poorest pieces of blocking I’ve ever seen:
Up 31-7 late in the third quarter, you have to wonder why Tebow (who also suffered with the flu all week) was even in the game. Sure, the Gators won, but at what cost? At least they’re not Baylor, who lost their all-amazing QB to injury on Saturday.
Alabama and Texas rolled, so there’s really nothing to talk about there. But number 4 Mississippi either completely spit the bit against the Old Ball Coach (emphasis on “old”, as in “formerly good”), or revealed that their ranking was based on the smoke and mirrors of a bowl win against a not very good TTU team.
Then, number 5 State Penn went down against Iowa for the second straight year. This time, at home in a game characterized by sloppy fourth quarter play:
The six possessions that PSU had in the second half included 4 turnovers, a blocked punt, and a blown field goal. What did we learn in unHappy Valley? Either 1) Scheduling cupcakes may not be a healthy diet, 2) The Hawkeyes have got the Lions figured out, 3) PSU might want to rethink the whole “white out” idea, since it’s not a guarantee and may add more pressure, 4) If you decide to go to the “white out” in a costume, be prepared to look like an idiot on national tv….
Rolling right along, number 6 Cal got absolutely worked by the Oregon Knights. As one Cal fan said to me on Saturday- “looks like we started our late season collapse a bit early… you know, to get it out of the way.” Good thinking, that. What’s ironic is that for once, the Ducks didn’t have the ugliest uniforms in the Pacific Northwet. Perhaps they should stick with the classic look; and perhaps the Seahawks should fire whoever came up with those monstrosities. Fire them with real fire.
Number seven LSU needed a late game goal-line stand to hold off Mississippi State, and number 8 Boise State cruised. Number nine Miami dropped an ACC tilt against Virginia Tech- I guess discussions of their resurgence were a bit premature, no? Number ten was idle, and we’ve covered number 11 VaTach. U$C took vengeance on all things Washington by pounding the ‘Cougs. We’ll get to lucky number 13 in a bit- fourteenth ranked Cincinnati and fifteenth ranked TCU both squeaked by their unranked opponents. Number sixteen TBPU destroyed the school of one of my favorite coaches, while Houston earned their number seventeen ranking with a win over Texas Tech (great coaching hire). Elsewheres in the top 25, Georgia held off unranked Arizona State in Tempe and North Carolina fell to Georgia Tech. Florida State… well, they’re Florida State.
Other “interesting” games- Notre Ame needed to rally to beat Purdue (!), Washington proved that it couldn’t keep the momentum going by dropping to Stanford, and Mich1gAAn needed some serious home cooking from the officials to ensure a victory over Indiana.
You read that right, the Hoosiers almost beat TTUN in Ann Arbor. I really hope their QB can hold up until November.
Soo… let’s talk a bit about the number 300. Saturday marked the three hundreth consecutive sell out at Nebraska, a feat that dates back to 1962. That’s a ton of games, as the Sullivans can attest. The Huskers/Bugeaters celebrated with cool throwback uniforms and by beating the andouille out of the Ragin Cajuns of Louisiana Lafayette. Best quote about the streak? “Congratulations, Nebraska fans, for preserving the lone streak Steve Pederson and Bill Callahan couldn’t destroy” Here’s to 300 more, Husker fans.
But that wasn’t the only 300 on Saturday- Ohio State’s Jim Tressel marked his 300th game as the Buckeyes squared off against the Fighting (kinda’) Zooks of Illinois, in the battle for the ugly turtle. Tressel entered the game 220-77-2 and left the game 221-77-2, after #13 Ohio State handed a 30-0 (300?) beating to the Illini. It was a game that saw a bit of everything- a tribute to Woody (0 passing yards in the first half), going for it on fourth and goal (late in the game, too…), and defensive lineman Doug Worthington attempting to fly. Major kudos for anyone who can send me video of the leap of doom. UPDATE- BuckeyeSki from Eleven Warriors with the assist! Thanks man-
Coming this week: Conference games continue, as LSU and Georgia kick off the SEC in earnest. Cal tries to rebound against U$C, and Indiana hosts the Buckeyes. The first annual “nicknames that make me giggle” game as Mich1gAAn and MAChigan State square off.
“It’s Ty Willingham’s Fault”- Washington travels to Notre Ame. War Tiger rolls into Rocky Top, and OU heads to the sunny beaches of Miami. Illinois hosts Penn State, Nebraska is off, and TCU welcomes SMU.
And here’s a friendly video from the Mich1gAAn Department of Tourism:
Back Thursday with a visit from June Cleaver’s favorite neighbor.
The staff here at The BBC has been collaborating on a new idea, and it’s almost ready to launch. We can’t really provide any details about it at this point, because we’re not fully ready to push forward (and we don’t want anybody else to snag our idea out from under us while we’re still in the building process).
However, I can assure you that if everything goes as we plan, it will be of some significance to college football fans from the four top conferences (Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10 and SEC).
So be sure to return on Monday and see what we have planned.
We here at The BBC love to watch the Michigan blogs squirm, especially when they find themselves backtracking on prior statements. Furthermore, they’ve become such sycophants that they fail to recognize the slightest chance that anything their beloved Wolverines do could POSSIBLY go wrong.
So imagine our delight when Rich Rodriquez recently announced that Michigan’s opening game would feature a three-quarterback showcase, starring the talents of Denard Robinson, Tate Forcier, and Nick Sheridan.
You see, the M blogs have been anxiously awaiting (what they believe to be) the second coming of Christ with Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson. Now their leader has announced that these two insta-stars will be sharing time with the guy who was a backup to Steven Threet. Something tells me that all is not well in practice sessions if Sheridan is getting playing time at all.
And that has created a small amount of panic in Ann Arbor.
So out come the blogs, trying to quell the fear and prove that their coach didn’t actually said what he said when he said it…..
Count us among the people who are looking forward to seeing how many QBs get snaps in Michigan’s opener next weekend. Of course, the Michiganders will deny they ever questioned RichRod if he actually does play 3 QBs.
Or maybe they’ll take their blogs down out of sheer embarrassment again (see September 2nd, 2007 through September 4th, 2007).
But either way, these guys have become a non-stop source of amusement. Please don’t stop, guys. Please.
Remember, Luke….the Forcier will be with you…..until he transfers at the end of the season.