Category Archives: College football

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.



Fire Jim Harbaugh

I’m still waiting for the media dolts who screamed to fire Harbaugh to admit they were wrong and repent.

These critics are in hiding because they are low rent “hot take” artists.  Harbaugh’s return to Michigan was always going to be a process.  The program was in shambles when Harbaugh came to town and needed a talent infusion.

From the day he was hired, those of you who listen to me and follow this blog ALWAYS knew I said 2018 would be the year Michigan would return to prominence.  I actually bought into the fact that 2017 could see Michigan arrive early, but I was overzealous. They simply didn’t have enough experience or a QB to make 2017 a banner year.

I think I am a very realistic person, I knew Michigan was in bad shape under Brady Hoke, but I think I looked the other way when his later recruiting classes dropped off the map.  Michigan simply didn’t have enough upper class men to sustain the program, missing on a couple of QB’s and Offensive linemen hurt as well (Isiah Wilson and Devry Hamilton).

It’s on now, Michigan is in stride and the sky is the limit.  NEVER question Harbaugh again or you will end up hiding like his current critics.

Jim Harbaugh is the real deal and perfect for Michigan and he isn’t going anywhere, EVER.




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Mailbag and Other Detroit Sports Questions From The Weekend

The first item today is from twitter, strange, yet fascinating question.

 

 

I’m not sure why anybody would care about Bobby Higginson, but the nearest I can tell is he is rumored to own his own Limousine company.  This is completely unsubstantiated but it’s all I got.  Higgy is likely hiding out hiding from his bitter baseball career, the poor guy spent his whole career on losing teams, it’s no wonder he just wants to disappear.  He was a fan favorite in Detroit and parlayed that into a nice career when there was NOBODY else on the roster that Tiger fans gave a damn about.  Sadly, following his retirement the Tigers became contenders.

 

 

Hey, 3G, do you care to elaborate on “leadership issues” surrounding Michigan QB Brandon Peters? – Jeff in Pinkney.  

Jeff, I don’t have a ton of updated information, but I can reiterate what I’ve been told since fall camp started.  Peters lack presence in the huddle and isn’t the vocal leader that Jim Harbaugh would like to have under center.  He doesn’t command the huddle and isn’t exhibiting the “swagger” necessary to lead the offense.  This isn’t a death blow for Peters, but it certainly has allowed true freshman Dylan McCaffrey to close the gap between the two young signal callers.  My sources tell me that Peters plays as well or better than Speight and O’Korn but he has yet to earn Harbaugh’s trust as a leader of the offense.  Frankly if you extrapolate this to its logical conclusion, it isn’t a stretch to see Peters wash out and leave the program, there are plenty of other talented QB’s in the pipeline and with Speight slated to return in 2018 it could be McCaffrey’s show in 2019 if Peters doesn’t make inroads.

I’m also hearing rumbling that Peters isn’t grasping the playbook as the coaches had expected, but at this point with O’Korn they are running out of belief he will ever make a read and connect on a big play.  A loss to PSU might start the Peters era, or not.

Gregg, Is the NFL fixed?  Did you see the ridiculous call in the Jet’s game Sunday?-JT in Royal Oak.

Yes, I did see the call and no, I the NFL isn’t fixed.  The only league that is fixed is the NBA, the NFL doesn’t need to fix the games to get people to watch.  As for the call, please, the only reason anybody cares is because it happened to a New York team.  I don’t see the national sports media whining and crying  over the multiple times Detroit has been completely screwed over by NFL officials, of course not everyone is into football, for practicing sports, people choose other sport as tennis and boxing, since there are many Boxing Gear Onlineshop for getting all the equipment required.  Nobody said a word, NOT ONCE, when the Lions were having rule changes made in their honor.  I’m glad the Jets got screwed, I hope it happens to the Giants next.