We interrupt Michigan's rebuilding job to hire a contract worker.
The artist known as Duke point guard Greg Paulus apparently is going to upset the natural order of Michigan's quarterback situation to compete for the starting job in the fall. Paulus made the announcement that he had received a scholarship offer from Michigan during a Thursday conference call. A Michigan spokesman confirmed it.
"Whatever the kids said, wouldn't be a lie," the spokesman said.
Michigan is in a weird place. Because Paulus is considered a recruit, the school cannot mention his name. Consider it the same situation as last fall except that Michigan folks dreaded to mention the names of quarterbacks Steven Threet and Nick Sheridan.
What does a former high school star have to offer mighty Michigan? Plenty. At worst, Rich Rodriguez might be bringing in Paulus to be the world's largest cattle prod. (No jokes, please). Rich Rod told me recently, "We try to create the most competitive atmosphere in college football."
If nothing else, then, Paulus could be a third-stringer -- a glorified scout teamer -- who could challenge freshmen Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson. (I'm not including Sheridan. If he starts then Michigan is in more trouble than I thought.)
On the other hand, it's hard to take seriously a kid who last played football five years ago in high school. It's a long way from the senior prom to the Big Ten.
Or is it?
There has to be a certain desperation sinking in for Rich Rod. If he doesn't go to a bowl this season, the pressure is going to increase. Why not take a flyer on a kid who might be a one-year wonder? Either Forcier or Denard could redshirt.
Those two guys have to understand this is a giant statement about their abilities. Duke coach David Cutcliffe won't take Paulus as a quarterback because he has returning starter Thaddeus Lewis. Rich Rod is willing to listen because he has no starting quarterback.
It could be interesting or messy -- or both. Just get me to November. If Paulus is in the mix for the Ohio State game I can imagine Jim Tressel's scouting report: "Watch the quarterback when he puts the ball between his legs. He can't go to his right."