If you ever needed to see an example of the media being dishonest, look no further than Teddy Greenstein’s article this week on former Michigan recruit Erik Swenson.
Greenstein has been a rather unfair Harbaugh critic and the article about current Oklahoma offensive lineman Erik Swenson actually proved that Greenstein has been unfair to Harbaugh since the Wolverines pulled the longtime commit’s scholarship early last year.
Greenstein aired some pretty damning information about Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh and then proceeded to backtrack with comments from Harbaugh himself.
Greenstein printed a quote from Swenson’s high school coach, Mark Molinari that was clearly revealed only to hammer away at Michigan and Harbaugh’s credibility on the recruiting trail. Molinari has this to say after Michigan pulled Swenson’s offer, “In the first three or four hours, my phone rang 50 times,” Molinari said. “(College) coaches were blown away by it. They said, ‘There is no way that this happens.’ Some said, ‘That’s why we hate Michigan.’ Or Harbaugh.”
This is how Greenstein portrayed Swenson’s situation with Michigan.
What happened to Swenson is exceedingly rare: a high school player in good academic standing, who remains loyal to the school to which he verbally committed, getting dumped within weeks of signing day.
There is a term for a school dispatching a player it no longer wants: “processing.”
Connecticut coach Randy Edsall got crushed last week by national media figures Paul Finebaum (“total disgrace”), Mike Greenberg (“How you go to sleep at night, I have no idea”) and the Washington Post’s Sally Jenkins (“No one is more committed to Randy Edsall than Randy Edsall”) after his scurrilous actions regarding a high school linebacker from New Jersey named Ryan Dickens.
However, when Harbaugh was asked how the situation played out, he offered this explanation in regards to the Swenson recruitment.
“There’s a camp in June, and we really want you to come so we can see you.’ It ended up, after a couple of conversations that he wasn’t going to come to camp.
“I said: ‘We’re going to be in Indianapolis in the beginning of June for a satellite camp. It’s closer to your home.’ He said no. I said, ‘We really need to see you for ourselves.’ He said, ‘Just evaluate my senior tape.’ ‘OK, that’s what we will do.”
Critics often nail coaches for pulling scholarships, but they rarely hold the player to the same standard, recruiting is a mutual agreement….when one side is not satisfied, they move on to better opportunities. It is a two way street.
The bottom line for Michigan is they couldn’t get a live evaluation of Swenson and decided to move on, this isn’t new and it is something every single power five school does on a regular basis.
In the end, Greenstein let his personal opinion of Harbaugh get in the way of the facts of the story.