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Forcier's father says QB isn't transferring

9/5/2010

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Tate Forcier didn't look like a happy man Saturday at Michigan Stadium, and it was easy to see why.

A year after the Michigan quarterback led the Wolverines to a 4-0 start and earned national recognition, he watched Denard Robinson claim the starting job and a true freshman, Devin Gardner, enter the game when Robinson briefly got hurt. As the final minutes ticked away in Michigan's 30-10 win against Connecticut, Forcier sat alone on the bench with a towel over his head.

After the final whistle, he jogged to midfield and was approached by annarbor.com reporter Michael Rothstein.

"All you need to know is I'm out," he told Rothstein.

From annarbor.com:

Less than a minute had passed since the Michigan football team beat Connecticut, 30-10, in the season opener and sophomore quarterback Tate Forcier appeared to make his decision.

Through his words and his body language, he had no interest in remaining at Michigan. When asked if he had a minute, he responded with those eight words.

Those eight words said a lot.

So is Forcier done at Michigan? His father, Mike, says no, telling the Associated Press that it's a "150-percent fact" that Tate will remain at Michigan. Mike Forcier said Tate was just frustrated after the game.

This situation is far from over, folks, and it will be interesting to see what happens in the coming days. Given how Robinson looked Saturday and how much the coaches love Gardner's potential, Forcier might have a tough time seeing the field this season.

I asked Michigan quarterbacks coach Rod Smith if things have been tough for Forcier, dropping from the starting role to third string.

"We're all team players," Smith said. "I'm sure it is [tough]. Everybody wants to play, but Tate's handled it well. He's a member of the team, and he understands he's one snap away.

"We've got three starters in my opinion. They're all good enough to start."

But only one can, and right now, Robinson is the man for Michigan.

Less than a minute had passed since the Michigan football team beat Connecticut, 30-10, in the season opener and sophomore quarterback Tate Forcier appeared to make his decision.Through his words and his body language, he had no interest in remaining at Michigan. When asked if he had a minute, he responded with those eight words.

Those eight words said a lot.