That's the first thing that came to mind when point-quarterback Greg Paulus began marketing himself to Michigan.
How can this guy play college sports for five years? A veteran compliance officer at a BCS conference school clued me in. Players are allowed four years of eligibility per sport. Paulus has exhausted his four years as annoying point guard at Duke. Now he gets one more year.
Here's how it works: If Paulus goes to Michigan he would have to pursue a master's program that is not available at Duke. That's step one, and a big one considering that Michigan isn't exactly South Carolina when it comes to post-graduate work. I have to think that Michigan and Duke match up a lot on master's offerings.
Step Two: Write a formal letter to Michigan asking to be accepted.
Step Three: Obtain a waiver from the NCAA. That's no guarantee but I'm assuming that Paulus (being from Duke) isn't exactly abusing the system.
I'm starting to wonder what Rich Rodriguez really feels about his quarterback situation. The fact that he would have serious discussions with a kid who hasn't played quarterback since high school tells me something about how Rich Rod views his quarterbacks. Early-enrolling Tate Forcier has the job going into the fall, but incoming freshman Denard Robinson will challenge. If Paulus beats out those two guys, Michigan is in worse shape than I thought.
And what does it say about Paulus that he is closer to playing football for Michigan than basketball in the NBA?
The latest twist is that Duke football coach David Cutcliffe is willing to take Paulus as a receiver. For that to happen Paulus would have to enroll in a) a second degree program or b) in a master's program.
Hope that helps.