I know this blog doesn't need a new Paulus thread, but I think we can put a number of things together at this point:
1. Paulus is not going to be an NBA player and, being done at Duke, needs to find something new.
2. Paulus showed up at U of M's practice, either invited or unannounced. He did not work out for the coaching staff.
3. Paulus went on two different shows saying he had an *opportunity* to play at Michigan.
4. Both U of M's coaches (via Tate Forcier) and the university say that Paulus was not offered a scholarship.
5. Paulus, if I'm not mistaken, has never said he was offered a scholarship. He has apparently said, though, that he'd intend to start at QB wherever he went.
6. A bit of hell breaks loose.
Here, then, is what I *think* happened: Paulus came to practice, one way or another. The coaches said something to the effect of "get an NCAA waiver to come here, work out with Barwis all summer, get enrolled, and then we'll give you the *chance* to make the team."
The difference between that what the media has inferred happened (and what Paulus has let be inferred) is one of degree. It's an important difference, though. You can get the impression through the media covering this (i.e., the monkeys chained to the typewriters) that Coach Rodriguez has basically offered to annoint Paulus as the starting QB. That's a heck of a lot different than being just given the chance to make the team, a chance any would-be walk-on kicker might be given.
I believe Jason Forcier is right and that Paulus is using Michigan's name to market himself. Maybe he's misleading the media in a savvy and intentional way and maybe he's just in all of this stuff over his head.