Hope he gets better, and has a shot to come back. I know we need attrition to fit in what could be an awesome class this year, but I don't want attrition because of an injury. I'd much rather it be a football player's choice to leave the program.
Exit Antonio Poole
UPDATE: Hoke confirms that Poole is done-done.
Maybe? Antonio Poole is off the Michigan roster:
The redshirt sophomore is not on the Wolverines' roster that was released Wednesday at the Big Ten media days in Chicago, but has not left the team, according to a program spokesman. Coach Brady Hoke is expected to address the linebacker's status later Wednesday.
I believe that means he's destined for a medical scholarship, but Meinke says he's just off the roster for "this season." The door seems open to a return.
Unofficial word is that Poole's torn pectoral never really healed; I'd heard this (as well as) Kaleb Ringer's also injury-related departure) was coming last fall. Michigan's linebacker recruiting is now explained, yes?
Poole's issues won't affect the two-deep, which has James Ross and Royce Jenkins-Stone at WLB. If Poole does end up not coming back it would open up another slot for this year's recruiting class, which would stands at 15 kids plus any further attrition. Given the way Michigan is recruiting it appears they are planning on a class of 18-20.
I really liked Poole when he came out of high school. Of the guys Michigan reeled in after Hoke was hired, I thought he had the most upside (above Bellomy, Rawls, etc.).
Tough break if he can't play again, but at least he will have the medical scholarship to finish out his studies if he so desires.
I'd be interested to see how this "medical hardship" situation is handled, I've never heard of anyone coming back after receiving one. That said, with or without football...I hope he has a bright/healthy future.
Is it my imagination that he looks kind of like Roy Manning in that picture? Or is it just that he looks like a mature, husky, smiling linebacker-type who could be a damn good coach?
Best of luck to him, always thought once he got better he'd provide great depth at WLB. Hope he's able to forge a great new path.