Thursday, January 20, 2011
Tate Forcier tweets he's leaving Michigan
By Adam Rittenberg
Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said earlier this month that quarterback Tate Forcier was no longer with the program after being ruled academically ineligible right before the Gator Bowl.
But there seemed to be a glimmer of hope for Forcier's return, as his father told TheWolverine.com that Tate wanted to stay at Michigan and hoped to resolve his status as a student-athlete. Mike Forcier flew to Ann Arbor and said, "I didn't come with a moving van."
It might be time to call U-Haul.
According to a series of postings on the Forcier family Twitter page, Tate Forcier is done at Michigan. Keep in mind that we've heard this before from the quotable QB, but it certainly sounds like his time in Ann Arbor is over.
A series of 20 tweets Wednesday night and Thursday morning culminated with this:
QBForce I really wanted to stay. I was not giving up on Michigan, but in the end, it was made clear they had given up on me.
Forcier goes on to tweet: "With that being said, its time for me to go. ... I promise the Michigan family and fans I will make you proud again."
Earlier in the sequence, Forcier tweets that he "worked extremely hard to catch back up" with his academics.
He also details the struggles he went through both on and off the field, tweeting, "I’ve been kicked, pushed, knocked down, publicly berated, belittled, emasculated and more," and later, "I had to reach rock bottom in order to see the light, and for that, I am thankful."
QBForce In summary, I believe, I will become a better student and a person of stronger character from these experiences at Michigan.
Forcier's series of tweets concludes with, "Tate Forcier #5 - A Michigan Man Forever - Go Blue."
This seemingly ends Forcier's drama-filled career with the Wolverines. He won his first four starts as a freshman in 2009 and dazzled fans with his improvisational style and ability to keep plays alive.
Forcier struggled at times in Big Ten play as he dealt with injuries, and he endured a rough offseason both on and off the field. He lost his wings in practice and then his starting job to Denard Robinson, fueling the buzz of a departure. But Forcier stayed with the team and filled in several times for an injured Robinson.
Things seemed to be going well until the academic mishap before the bowl.
If Forcier's tweets prove true, it'll be interesting to see where he lands. Although Forcier's experience would benefit the Wolverines going forward, they should be OK with Robinson and Devin Gardner both returning.