So, I'd heard some rumblings about this in recent days, but nothing concrete. However, it looks like the cat is out of the bag, and former five-star recruit Shaquelle Evans is leaving the Irish.
Sounds like a playing time situation, though I've also heard rumors of personality differences between the Evans and Brian Kelly. These things are to be expected with a new regime, though the timing is bad for a Notre Dame team trying to replace Golden Tate.
EDIT: TomVH is citing some guy with the same general info (http://twitter.com/tomvh). ND boards are saying he's going to Oregon, though that is very unconfirmed.
EDIT II: Yeah, this is a Bleacher Report article. Consider yourself warned.
I'm getting a little sick and tired of this crap, here, folks. Some people around here need to show some backbone and stop freaking out.
There is no other shoe. It's not going to drop on your head and kill you. Yes, other bad things COULD still happen, but there is no reason at all to expect them to, and thinking or worrying that they will will only detract from your ability to enjoy the season. Lets recount what has really happened:
Some guys we would've liked didn't have the grades to get in.
A guy we would've liked back decided to go to the NFL.
A guy we would've liked back decided to go all Sparty on us.
A guy who wasn't likely to play, but could have, in a fantasy world, been very good transfered.
A guy we were were all counting on to have a big season got hurt, and some guys that aren't ready are going to have to step up.
These are random, unconnected events that happen every season. The only thing that breathlessly waiting for the next gunshot to rip throught the night air accomplishes is to give you heartburn. We don't know, and certainly shouldn't speculate, that there will BE another problem. Seriously, we're grown men and women, mostly. We can't go around claiming heartbrokeness, or worse, insensitivity, because we're terrified of what goes bump in the night.
People said they wouldn't be surprised at a transfer. Why? Because any players have publicly spoken out against the program recently? Because we've had a rash of dozens of transfers? Or because we're becoming a lot of little worry worts who flinch every time a twitter goes up, expecting it to declare a mob deal gone wrong that ended up with our entire RB group in lead shoes?
Man up and stop sniveling in the corner! There is no other shoe! Nothing else bad should be expected to happen! Sissies!
Justin Turner transfered out from the program. He was not kicked out. Not asked to transfer. Not belittled or treated as an outcast. He was tested, he was pushed, and in the end, he decided, himself, that it was more than he wanted. This is his choice, and I wish him well. But it is not a bad thing.
Take heart, my friends, for it is on the days that men realize their limits that a group realizes its growth. It is on the days that the deserters abandon the army that the unit can finally believe in itself. We did not just get weaker. We got stronger. And it is a very, very good thing that we did so.
Those that stay will be champions. Those that fight will see victory. Those that press on are a valuable commodity in a way that those who don't can never be. To be a champion means to be a team of greatest value. Bo knew this. You push your players, you ask more of them than they think they can possibly give. Should they find their limits, then their value has not increased. They don't have to abandon the team. They can remain, and they can help out. But to be a champion means to be of greatest value. Greatest value is an indefinite term that continues to grow constantly. A champion never finds his limit, because he knows he can always have a value greater than he currently does.
We are not weaker, we are stronger. We are not closer to failure, but closer to success. This is not lying to ourselves. This is the truth. Other teams want to be champions. We must have more value than they. And with those that stay, we will.
The team has done nothing wrong today. The coach has done nothing wrong. Justin Turner has done nothing wrong today. Practice continues, and our value grows. And as always, and forever, it's great, to be, a Michigan Wolverine.
In this Rivals article on impact transfers you'll see three former Wolverines (Clemons, McGuffie, and Threet) in the featured list and another one (O'Neill) in the smaller list.
Which one was the biggest loss? I think McGuffie is the pick. I'd prefer him at slot receiver, though.
Who will make the biggest impact at their new school? Sam, again, I think.
Local TV had Damntonio announcing that Nichol will now be a WR on the MSU roster.
Being from Western Michigan, I really wanted this kid to succeed at OK and was disappointed when he transferred. I know kids can change their minds, but had he stayed, with Bradford getting hurt... Now he's a WR at MSU? I think this stinks for him.