I wish Ray luck and hope that whatever he and his family are going through right now, that it all works out.
Exit Ray Vinopal
This rumor had been bouncing around the internet for long enough that it was hardly a rumor anymore, but Hoke has just confirmed it and now it's really not a rumor:
Hoke on Vinopal: "Ray decided to go back Youngstown. That issue's more a family issue."
Michigan loses both a two-star recruit no one expected would ever play and a guy who started half his freshman season, which says all you need to about last year's secondary. The free safety spot is manned by… uh… definitely somebody. I think we can safely assert Michigan will put eleven players on the field this fall. That's all we know. Since the depth chart by class has exactly one other body at the spot, that true freshman Minnesota decommit Tamani Carter, it's safe to say the eventual starter is kind of up in the air.
Sad Panda is sad.
That is a shame. I'll always remember that (game saving?) tackle on Leshoure in the Illinois game.
I didn't know Vinopal was a Mooney, probably needs to go back home and get Deprogrammed from all the shoddy defensive principles he picked up at M.
He needs more Gibson. Ray is going to Pitt.
Huge shame. I really liked him and was looking forward to seeing him continue to develop. I hope for the best for him and his family, and here's hoping he gets welcomed back to UM with open arms in a year or so.
I hope he can lock down his family issues, and make it back someday. But if not, hopefully he can successfully continue on with his education.
The team will be alright. It may take a short term hit, but the way recruiting breaks down this year, an extra scholarship could be very useful.
....every time I hear Coach Hoke reference the POWER PLAY I think that I ended up in an alternate universe wherein we hired Barry Melrose to coach football?