Forcier: “You really have to try to flunk out here”

When Jim Harbaugh first took over a ghastly Stanford program in 2007, two things stood out about his early stewardship:

Tate Forcier

1) He installed a winning attitude that would eventually see the Cardinal to a BCS bowl this season.
2) He ripped his alma mater Michigan for its coddling of football players when it came to academics

In the late summer of 2007, SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER columnist Glenn Dickey had this from Harbaugh:

“College football needs Stanford. We’re looking not for student athletes but scholar-athletes. No other school can carry this banner. The Ivy League schools don’t have enough weight [because of their low athletic level]. Other schools which have good academic reputations have ways to get borderline athletes in and keep them in.”

Harbaugh includes his alma mater, Michigan, in that indictment.

“Michigan is a good school and I got a good education there,” he said, “but the athletic department has ways to get borderline guys in and, when they’re in, they steer them to courses in sports communications. They’re adulated when they’re playing, but when they get out, the people who adulated them won’t hire them.”

The former star quarterback for the Wolverines then didn’t back away when confronted about the remarks by the DETROIT FREE PRESS:

“I would use myself as an example. I came in there, wanted to be a history major, and I was told early on in my freshman year that I shouldn’t be. That it takes too much time. Too much reading. That I shouldn’t be a history major and play football.”

That prompted 2007 Michigan football captain Michael Hart to later say of Harbaugh, “He’s a guy I have no respect for.”

At the time, Harbaugh’s comments were thought to be an unforgivable sin in Ann Arbor.

Times change.

As current UM coach Rich Rodriguez twists in the win, Harbaugh is now the obvious favorite to take over the Michigan program if Rodriguez is jettisoned by school Athletic Director Dave Brandon.

Somehow even more ironic than Harbaugh’s criticism of Michigan in ‘07 was the words of quarterback Tate Forcier today in an interview with the DETROIT FREE PRESS. Read more…

Michigan Playing Fast And Loose With Uniforms?

Okay, sure, it’s a little strange to be picking out the minutiae of things like college football uniforms. We freely admit that. But if nobody was ever interested by it, we wouldn’t have the UNI WATCH BLOG, and even if we did it wouldn’t be nearly as entertaining as it actually is.

Tate Forcier Pic
(As opposed to the other Forciers around here…)

To boot: Michigan and their venerated, unmistakable uniforms, always in the maize and blue. The Wolverines, like most college football teams, have the players’ names on the back of the uniform. The trouble is, something as simple as the First Initial Rule seems to be giving them trouble, and they seem to be screwing up the nameplates in every way short of just plain misspelling players’ names.

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CFB Update #2: Michigan-ND Exciting Once Again

For past two seasons, the once-mighty Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry has been mighty crappy. There was ND’s 35-17 wipeout of the Wolverines in South Bend last season, and then there was UM’s 38-0 a$$-whooping of the Irish in Ann Arbor the season before that. So you’d figure that today’s matchup in the Big House would be a big bore.

Michigan Notre Dame

Big mistake to assume that. Like two aging heavyweights whose glory days appeared to have been behind them, Michigan & Notre Dame traded punches all afternoon (figurative, not literal) as the score see-sawed back & forth. But it was the Maize & Blue who managed the final knockout blow, as Tate Forcier tossed a 5-yard TD pass to Greg Matthews with 11 seconds left. So Hail to the Victors in a 38-34 thriller.

(Time to get those Charlie Weis-bashing billboards back up.)

Speaking of knockouts, another top-5 team from the Sooner state took another tumble on the field in an upset loss.

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Michigan Football Soap Opera Kicks Into High Gear

Oh boy, this is gonna get ugly. It’s only been, what, four hours since the esteemed Mr. Jacobi wrote about the developing situation up in Ann Arbor regarding Michigan’s “voluntary” workouts, but it appears that the entire Michigan football team is now about to erupt into a Taiwanese Parliament fight. If any football fans out there thought the Wolverines would get back on track this season and surprise the (many) doubters, you might want to think twice about that.

Michigan Football

(Lies.)

A new group of current and former players is now claiming the original group of current and former players are full of crap and no rules are being broken. Teammates calling each other liars, parents threatening other parents…this ain’t your father’s Big Ten football.

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Top U of M Recruit Leaves, Takes Jokes With Him

When it rains, it pours for the University of Michigan. Coming off arguably the worst season in the team’s entire 129-year history - or worst season since 1934, depending on who you talk to - the Wolverines no doubt just want to put this year behind them and focus on the future. Unfortunately, that future just got a whole lot less exciting with news that highly-touted recruit Shavodrick Beaver will be playing elsewhere. Congratulations, Tulsa! You just won the Beaver Joke Sweepstakes!

Shavodrick Beaver

Beaver planned on matriculating in Ann Arbor come January, but changed his mind (as Beaver is known to do) after thinking twice about the two-quarterback system Rich Rodriguez was planning. You see, Beaver needs to feel special. Beaver needs to feel appreciated. Beaver needs to be softly caressed, gently wooed and treated tenderly like the unique delicate flower he is.

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