can you make your next post about kittens? Please?
Justin Turner to Transfer
That rumor metastasized quickly: Tim reports that Dave Ablauf has just read a statement that Justin Turner has asked for and received his release to transfer. I blame myself for suggesting that this offseason had been a relatively tranquil one when it came to things that mattered.
It sounds like the 11 pounds Turner put on in the offseason were not the good variety, and that he was never in a position where he was physically ready to play because of sheer lack of desire. Odd for that to happen with a corner—usually it's linemen battling to stay under 350 that wash out because they're not interested in keeping up with the work.
Impact on the team bit: losing Turner is a terrible blow to a secondary short on everything; beyond the starters at corner Michigan has three freshmen, one of them highly touted and the other two middling three-stars, and vagabond James Rogers. Corner's the worst spot on the team to suffer attrition. Turner was a near five-star coming out of high school who killed people at the Army game; his disappearance from Michigan without so much as playing a snap ranks up there with the most disappointing recruiting flameouts ever.
Our UM Staff Insurance covers mental health issues right? If not, loop this until the urge to kill fades.
We help with:
- Marital/Partner or Interpersonal Relationship Concerns
- Depression or Anxiety
- Managing Roster Change Effectively
- New Parenting Skills
- Grieving the Loss of Yet Another Defensive Player
- Improving Family Communication
- Clarifying Important Life Decisions
- Managing Personal or Football Stress
- Alcohol or Other Substance Misuse
- Improving Communication with a Co-Worker
Looks like a couple of relevant services....
A few more blog posts like this and "Michigan Football" is going to be its own bullet point on that list. Not just the defense :/
Edit: I wonder what they'd do if I cried them, sobbing and talking how Turner just transferred.
"Sir, you sound like an excellent candidate for one of our Football Angst Support Groups. We've got groups meeting over the lunch hour at various locations on campus.
22 of the 27 groups meeting on North Campus appear to be full, but it looks like we could wedge you into one of the Wednesday groups--do you want the 11:30 start time, the 11:45, or one of the later hours?"
Christ, if they hung out a shingle for "depression and worry over U-M football" they'd drive benefits costs at the University to Zoltan-like heights.
I'm pretty sure we're on our own.
I'll stick with my original plan: Clutch at my MGoBlog shirt and watch kitty videos all day, until such time as the news on MGoBlog changes.
I'm a psychologist, but I've never been trained in this. I'm on board with your coping plan...
Have we ever had so many dong punches in so short a time as the last three years? Can someone do a special voodoo ritual to clear this mojo up? This is Goddamn bad, no sugarcoat.
but no volcano in sight. I'm gonna have to move again. Fuck! i just finished unpacking!
This one hurts. Anyone else have a stomachache?
Yep, bring on the ulcers.
ok, so I felt that one through the cup.... Best of luck J.T. I hope you find your motivation somewhere. Don't let that talent go to waste!
I'll tell the girlfriend the only flatware we're using from this point forward are chopsticks. Anything with an edge is out.
Chopsticks can do some damage too, if you try hard enough. Hopefully that will not be necessary.
If we lose to UMass I could see myself plucking my eye out with the chopsticks, like that old sensi in Kill Bill.
That cannot happen. That cannot happen. That cannot happen. That cannot happen. That cannot happen. That cannot happen. That cannot happen. That cannot happen. That cannot happen. That better not fucking happen. That cannot happen. That cannot happen.
Maybe I'll just bury myself alive and see if I have the motivation after this blow to punch my way through a wooden coffin.
sheesh - what a rotten way to start the first week of camp. Bottom line - it'd be worse if he showed promise on the field in any capacity. The fact that he's never been phsically viable as a corner might indicate he'll never live up to his recruiting hype. All I say to this is...
My thoughts exactly.
I guess I need to stop reading this blog at work so I don't swear out loud in the office anymore...
They really hurt
in this class?
someone from Florida, Texas, or California
Someone on defense since Vincent Smith also wears #2.
oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo... Best of luck to you, Justin.
It's disappointing and mystifying to me as much as anybody else, but I'll make a plea for people to avoid character assassination here. I think he deserves that much.
As always: Michigan isn't for everybody.
Some people don't fit in some places; a Michigan Man will replace Turner on the defence.
Usually, when one of our players transfers, I comment with a "best of luck, hope you find success elsehwere." In this case, I am not so sure.
From everything posted here, the main issue with this kid was a lack of motivation. Again, based purely on what I have read here, he put on bad weight and there were reports of him showing up out of shape. If this is all true (and right now, we don't know), than I don't feel bad for this kid. He was given a great opportunity and he didn't want to put in the work necessary to maximize it.
If there are other reasons (bad fit, too far from home for him, family issues back home) that we do not know about, than I hope that he can work through those issues and succeed somewhere else, but if the issue was just that he was not willing to work hard, then he doesn't deserve our well wishes.
I can't feel bad either. This isn't like McGuffie leaving. If he can't succeed here, I don't know where he will.
based on what exactly? is there anything more than his listed weight?
i hope you can resolve whether or not a college kid deserves your well wishes. thats critical
He was from Ohio so I don't think distance from home was a factor.
I believe this is just a simple case of lack of ambition, motivation or desire to get better. It happens all the time in real life and is not specific to sports only. A lot of smart and talented people suffer from this self-satisfaction. It's call complacency.
Anyway, good luck to you J. Turner! Too bad it didn't work out at Michigan.
why transfer? He could just show up, do just enough work to keep the scholly, and stay for years. I have to think there is something else behind this.
This is a pretty bad blow. If Woolfolk or Floyd go down, I'll be biting through my fingers. Cullen, please be great.
Cullen will be great. I need to feel this way today as it keeps the dong from hurting.
This is very disappointing news as we are losing depth and potential. Even worse is this adds to the tin-foil hat's arsenal of half-truths saying that RichRod runs all the talent out of the program. See Mallett, Ryan, Cissoko, B., to name a few.
He has his own ass to kick.
but his flame out along with the transfers of McGuffie and others are still brought up as "evidence" that RichRod is incompetent. The more that situations like this can be limited, the less noise will be out there from the tin foil hat brigade.
I agree this hurts, but it hurt more to me when J.T. Floyd stepped in for Cissoko last year instead of Turner. At that point I knew he was overrated as a recruit.
Avery, Terrence, and Christian can hopefully fill the two-deep this year.
That being said, I wish him all the best. Hate to see guys leave Michigan.
...but unclear as to why it happened. Ordinarily, Cornerback is a position where excellence in high school ought to translate fairly readily to excellence in college.
CB has a shorter learning curve than most other positions, but Division I receivers are still far harder to cover than high school receivers.
Please transfer outside of the Big "Ten".
Can I just have some good news? Once? Something positive? Someone with potential who grabs the team by the straps and becomes a great leader, guiding the team back from the void? Anything? Hello? Please?
This news does suck, suCK, SUCK. Effing A! However, if there is any silver lining in it, at least we have a coach who demands his players give 100%. And holds them accountable. If we can get over the hump and RR gets some security, I continue to believe he will bring greatness back to Michigan.
exactly. I went to Mgoblog and actually thought, " I bet we finally some some good news." The first thing I see is that Turner is leaving. WTF?