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Duke point guard may become a Michigan man

Posted on: April 16, 2009 2:23 pm
Edited on: April 16, 2009 2:57 pm

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."


Category: NCAAF

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: April 17, 2009 12:04 am

Duke point guard may become a Michigan man

 This has been hashed out on several other threads .... the NCAA rule reads that a player has 10 semesters of eligibility in a single sport. Since Paulus only used up 8 of his at Duke, and they were all for basketball, he still has 2 semesters of eligibility left. And since he would be transferring into a different sport at U of M, and going into a graduate program, he would not be subject to the rule that requires a student athlete to sit out a year.

Since: Nov 21, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2009 11:13 pm

Duke point guard may become a Michigan man

Wont matter anyway b/c he wont win the job. He hasnt played ball for four years. Its hard to imagine him being a better passer at this point than their freshmen or that he'll even be tough enough having never faced a D1 defense. He's only 180 pounds.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2009 9:50 pm

Duke point guard may become a Michigan man

Didn't they repeal that rule?


Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2009 9:48 pm

Graduate student free agency

This is exactly why the rule that the NCAA committee came up with in 05-06 (that allows kids who earned their bachelor's degree to transfer without sitting a year) doesn't make any sense. Yes, we get that once you are that old you don't want to sit around another year. But why should you be allowed to transfer to a new school just to play college football anyways?? Stay true to your alma mater and finish up your collegiate career at Duke (as a student or a slot receiver, your choice). Rich Rod needs to learn a little bit about Michigan and our traditions - we breed quarterbacks, we don't pick them up off the waiver wire.

Graduate student free agency makes a traveshamockery of collegiate football.


Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2009 8:51 pm

Duke point guard may become a Michigan man

I can't believe this doesn't violate some NCAA rule. How can Paulus start a college football career when he's already used four years of eligibility in basketball? Doesn't he have to sit out a year to transfer? How can he return to a college football team after trying out for the Green Bay Packers? How can a Michigan spokesman confirm the offer when schools aren't allowed to comment on unsinged recruits?


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