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More Players Leaving Michigan

Jim Harbaugh has issues with this team at Michigan.  They may be fixable but he has to be self aware enough to change.

My number one source at Michigan is telling me all is not right with the Wolverines football program, there are a few problems that may or may not be fixable.

First, Jim has a credibility issue.  Players think he is not truthful.  For example, he apparently told James Hudson he would start in 2019, but when JBB got hurt, they played Andrew Stueber.  Hudson left the following Monday.  Hudson wasn’t happy that he was misled by the coaching staff, he wanted to leave before the 2018 season but wasn’t granted his release and was cajoled into staying with the promise he would start in 2019.   When JBB went down with an injury and Hudson didn’t play, his mom was pissed and he was gone.

Harbaugh’s credibility is an issue from everything to playing time to positions, something isn’t right. My source claims, “He lies to kids all the time.”  I’m not sure that Harbaugh is any different than any other coach in this area, but I’m told it’s a big issue.  Remember what the players said when the 2018 season started?  “He’s different, he wants hugs.”  This is all the evidence you need to see that Harbaugh is not a players coach and that players aren’t zombies, they expect you to be honest and a man of your word.  Not an unrealistic expectation.  However, I don’t think Harbaugh is any less honest than Saban, Urban, Swinney, Brian Kelly, etc.  This is part of big time college athletics, I’m sure Harbaugh isn’t unique in misleading players.  Losing big games just magnifies it.

Zach Gentry is another issue, he came to Michigan to be a QB and although Harbaugh will send him to the NFL as a TE, he was told he was coming to Michigan to be a Quarterback.  It wasn’t an outright lie but Gentry decommitted from Texas to play QB for Harbaugh.  Gentry believes he could have played QB after Ruddock left and it’s hard to disagree that he wouldn’t have been better than Speight or O’Korn.

“Michigan didn’t play today, Florida played for Mullen,” according to my source.  Why?  Because Harbaugh is a “hammerhead and stuck in the 80’s offensively.”  It’s hard to disagree when you see such a poor offensive performance.

“Don Brown is a great recruiter but he’s simplistic.”  This is a true statement as Brown’s defenses are one dimensional and terrible against play-making QB’s.  I’m not sure how you fix this, but Brown has to be better in 2019.

My conversation wasn’t all negative, my source thinks Harbaugh can fix this but there has to be more honestly and less “do what you have to do” to recruit players.  The kids will still come because this is Michigan but they will also leave if they don’t believe the coaches (Harbaugh) are on the up and up.

On a side note, Gentry is leaving for the NFL, he got a grade from the NFL draft board and will bail.

I’m also told that Quinn Nordin has been kicked off the team.  Apparently he mother f**cked Harbaugh in practice and was immediately booted.  Insiders say Nordin is a bad guy on the team and off and it was a matter of time before he was shown the door.  It’s too bad as the kid has a rocket for a leg, but a pea for a brain.  No big loss.

I’ll have more information, I’m working on some other info but can’t confirm anything at this point.

It’s gonna be an interesting off-season.  Prediction, Pep will leave and Harbaugh will have an OC in 2019.

Aubrey Solomon Transfers, What’s Going On At Michigan?

This is a hard post to write because there are so many variables, but there is nothing out of the ordinary going on within the Michigan football program.  It’s difficult to explain but the Solomon situation is really nothing more than a kid who hates the cold weather and was extremely homesick.  I’m told he considered transferring out last year because of the cold but stuck it out one more year and with injuries had a miserable year in Ann Arbor and was just looking for a change.  He is very close to his mother and other family in Georgia and the pull of the peach state was too much for a kid who wasn’t buried on the depth chart and had a future.  I talked to a former player who claims “being away from home for the first time, with all the challenges of college football can be difficult, without injuries.”  He isn’t the first young player who just wanted to go back to familiar surroundings.  Trust me when I say Solomon needed to be closer to home.

The other big transfer is James Hudson, I’m told he simply thought he was ready to start and it didn’t happen fast enough, so he left.  “James thought he was the man but the coaches didn’t agree,” according to another high profile source around the program.  Sounds like a kid who thought he got passed over and wasn’t going to wait around another year to find out. He added, “the coaches aren’t playing around, this is college football in 2018.”

What is most concerning is the Michigan fans lack of stomach for big time cut throat football, roster churn can be part of the deal when you are trying to compete with the Alabama’s an Clemson’s of the world, clearing scholarships is the way it’s done and with some of the current transfers, that is exactly what happened.  When Harbaugh was hired I was told by a solid source and I’ve written about it in the past, if a player isn’t contributing as a freshman he is vulnerable to roster churn.  The only exception is Offensive Line where the goal is to almost ALWAYS red-shirt to gain weight and strength.  It’s the cold, hard reality of big time college football and you are starting to see the players get wise to it too.  That is why so many are unwilling to risk playing in a bowl game with nothing at stake.

In short, you have a short period of time to contribute or the school wants the scholarship back for the next great stud player.  The upside to transfers is Michigan has eight to ten scholarships remaining which makes it likely they can load up in 2019 with a full 30 scholarships.  It’s all about churning that roster to find contributors.  Even the best prospects can find themselves on the outside looking in, sadly players are like shiny new cars, their value drops the minute you drive them off the lot.

My source also claims “coaches do have their favorites, which can skew their view of any given player, no matter how highly they were recruited.”  I think anybody who has played organized sports know this happens on every team.  That is why Hudson likely left, he wasn’t a Warriner recruit and felt that he wasn’t gong to crack the rotation as he wasn’t a Warriner prototype.  They six OL recruits in 2019 are Warriner guys and are a different type of offensive lineman.  They are all highly athletic, long and can move.

It’s a new world in college football, coaches are smarter and more ruthless and players are smarter and more self aware, they know what is best for them and their careers.  This is why we are seeing many more high profile transfers.

Another interesting nugget came out of my conversation today, Harbaugh is not happy that players are skipping the bowl game, particularly an underclassman captain.  I’m told Harbaugh told each and every player that is skipping the bowl game that he is pissed, though he can never say it publicly.  As a matter of fact, Rashan Gary is already gone, he’s off campus and working out for the NFL.  Again, it’s a different world.

Where Are The “Fire” Harbaugh Clowns Now?

I’ve taken plenty of heat for my continued belief that Jim Harbaugh would turn around Michigan, but those who called me names and questioned my sanity and knowledge of football are now nowhere to be found.  Why?  Where my spartan dawgs at?

For one, I’ve never turned on Harbaugh, I’ve always believed he was Michigan’s best hope for a resurgence and haven’t wavered, but boy did my enemies have a field day with my belief that Harbaugh was the man for the job in Ann Arbor.  Check out this thread from some Sparties.

I’ve long said 2018 (ask Jim and Drew) was the year Harbaugh would turn it around.  I had high hopes for them to do it a year early in 2017, but that didn’t materialize because Michigan didn’t have a competent QB and the offensive line wasn’t ready.

We are now seeing the fruits of Harbaugh’s labor.  Face it, the program was in awful shape and needed a massive infusion of talent before even a phenomenal coach like Jim Harbaugh could turn it around and compete.  The program was so off the rails before Harbaugh arrived in Ann Arbor that it was obvious he would need some time to massage the roster and return Michigan to prominence.

Michigan’s dominant wins over Wisky and Sparty are a sure fire sign that Harbaugh has Michigan rolling, they aren’t ready to win a National Title yet, but they are certainly ready to be in the conversation and as of last weeks destruction of Sparty, they are right in the middle of the national conversation.

However, I’m perplexed that many national experts are leaving Ohio State for dead, I’m confident they will win out until they play Michigan, but I think Michigan is in the drivers seat heading toward the showdown with the buckeyes.  This game will be great if both teams are 11-1.  I expect Michigan will win, but this is still Ohio State and they are still a great program.  As we all know, anything can and will happen in Columbus.

As of today, Michigan is back, the rivalry with MSU is secure as Harbaugh has now won two of the last three.  Michigan State will no longer be an issue, the worm has turned, Sparty is dead.  Michigan State simply cannot recruit with Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State.  It was fun while is lasted for sparty, but now it is over.

Harbaugh has created and remained steadfast in his belief that outstanding defense and solid offense would win titles, he is being proven correct. He will be at Michigan for years and he will compete and win titles at Michigan.

The Harbaugh critics have fallen silent; most of it was wishful thinking.  Harbaugh was never going to fail at Michigan and everybody is FINALLY figuring that out.