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Tate Forcier never wanted to leave Michigan

Posted on: February 10, 2011 12:19 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

It was announced on Wednesday that Tate Forcier had decided to transfer to Miami after leaving Michigan. He had been planning on visiting up to five schools during his re-recruitment, but I guess the visit to Coral Gables was all Forcier needed to come to a decision. Though when asked about it afterward, Forcier implied it was a decision he never wanted to have to make.

In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, Forcier says that he never wanted to leave Michigan, but that Michigan AD Dave Brandon didn't seem all that interested in keeping him around.

“I felt like things could have been handled better," Forcier told the paper. "Dave Brandon made his mind up. We tried hard (to stay). I took care of my incompletes. I needed a certain amount of credits. The incompletes, I took care of those. Dave Brandon still wouldn’t let me stay. He refused to even meet with us. That’s his decision; we really didn’t want to fight it. That was his decision, that’s the head guy. I didn’t want to challenge him. I’m not going to win something like that with somebody as high up as he was. When he did that, it was time to turn a new chapter.

"The crazy thing is I never wanted to leave. I love everything about Michigan, I always will. I hope they do well, I wish the best for those guys, a lot of them are still friends. I hope (new coach Brady) Hoke can change the program around. I’ve been a Michigan fan since I was a little kid. I wish them the best of luck. I wish I could be there, helping them out and moving forward.”

Although that's not the story Dave Brandon is telling. Brandon told the Free Press that the Forcier's wanted to meet with him when he wasn't available for a meeting -- perhaps he was searching for a new coach at the time -- but he made it clear to the family that he'd like to reschedule. Assistant AD Brian Townsend even met with the Forcier's to relay the message as well, but the Forciers never rescheduled, Tate decided to transfer, and now he's a Miami Hurricane.

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:35 am

Tate Forcier never wanted to leave Michigan

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Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2011 1:14 pm

Tate Forcier never wanted to leave Michigan

bookworm2112 wrote:
I recall Michigan kicking the crap out of Florida in Carr's last bowl game against Florida!

You may want to read a bit more rather than rely on your memory bookworm. Michigan beat Florida 41 to 35 in the 2007 Capital One Bowl. This game was a huge let down for Florida who expected to be in a BCS bowl after winning the national championship the year before, but failed to get the invite. Michigan on the other hand, was highly motivated to send Carr out with a win. Even with Michigan highly motivated and Florida not the game came down to the the final drive and Florida had the ball with a chance to win deep in Michigan territory and turned it over to seal the game for Michigan. Hardly kicking the crap out of Florida by any stretch of the imagination. I'd call it pulling out a win at best.

By the way the following year Florida did win another national championship to give Florida two football and two basketball national championships in the three year period between 2006 and 2008 an accomplishment unequaled by any school at any time and Michigan went on the following year to suffer the most embarrasing loss in their history losing to Appalachian State at home.

Since: Feb 11, 2011
Posted on: February 11, 2011 9:19 am

Tate Forcier never wanted to leave Michigan

I think its perfectly understandable that Tate would have loved to stay and be part of the resurgent Blue Squad.   And let's not forget that had it not been for Tate during his freshman season, we would have had 1-2 fewer wins.  He's loves Michigan and wanted to be our QB.  Let's not berate Tate for that.  I commend Tate for the way he has handle himself during the past few weeks.  Just as he wishes us well, I wish his all the best in 2012-13.   Coach Hoke (and staff), we are solidly behind you and look forward to a sold out Big House for the upcoming Spring Game (well maybe 50K).   Go Blue !     David Crabtree - Tampa

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2011 6:27 am

Tate Forcier never wanted to leave Michigan

of course he doesnt want to leave he knows Michigan is comming back and would loved to be part of the rebirth that is taking place.
I think I heard this a lot when they hired Rich Rodriguez too. 

Michigan wasn"t bad before Rich Rod,  I recall Michigan kicking the crap out of Florida in Carr's last bowl game against Florida!

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2011 9:28 pm

Tate Forcier never wanted to leave Michigan

I think this is a good move by Al Golden.  Next year, after Jacory Harris graduates, Stephen Morris will be a Junior with nothing but but true freshmen (or possible transfers) to back him up.  The Canes needed depth and Forcier wanted to go there so you can't really turn your nose up at him.  Coming off his academic suspension I'm sure they've made it clear he can't let that happen again.

As for Tom Savage, the door may still be open to him as well.  And Miami couldn't turn Forcier away without having Savage inked anway.  They had to make a move when Forcier was showing interest.  After failing to sign a signal caller in this incoming class, this isn't a team with a bunch of depth at QB.

Since: May 18, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 7:45 pm

Tate Forcier never wanted to leave Michigan

Tate wasn't made for Rich Rods offense. He isn't that mobile, didn't you notice that he opperated Rich Rod's short passing, screen passes more than the option run. He's a pretty decent passer and one hell of a competator. I am just upset he has to sit out a year because i want to see OSU kick his ass one more time. 

Since: Nov 4, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2011 7:26 pm

Tate Forcier never wanted to leave Michigan

As a Canes fan, I really din't want to see tate transfer. I personally think that Rutgers' tom Savage would be a much better fit. If tate couldn't succeed in Michigan, with an offense built to maximise his mobility, then I don't think he'll do any good at Miami's pro style offense.[l__l]

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2011 5:36 pm

Tate Forcier never wanted to leave Michigan

mustbegood - I knew about that website but had never actually looked at it.  Thanks for the link.  I read the entire "family story".  That thing is downright scary, and I think it actually predicted Forcier's departure.

It showed a family that was never willing to work hard to overcome obstacles.  Instead, they moved constantly and changed schools and teams throughout the kids entire lives, showing them that if you don't get things exactly your way, keep moving until you find somewhere that will cater to you.  Absolutely no life lessons learned there.  Lots of complaints about youth coaches and playing time for their kids.  The connection to Marv Marinovich was ironic and predictable.  I hope these kids meet good friends and get good educations, because their parents didn't teach them anything about how life really works.

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 5:36 pm

Tate Forcier never wanted to leave Michigan

If he really wanted to stay, he would have stayed. Oh well: another Forcier bites the dust.

Since: Sep 12, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2011 5:08 pm

Tate Forcier never wanted to leave Michigan

Sunny Miami will be a welcome change from dark and gray Ann Arbor.

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