Good for him. We obviously could have used him big time this year, but it wasn't in the cards. I wish him the best!
Darryl Stonum to Baylor
If he's learned his lesson[s], Baylor just picked themselves up a quality player. Hopefully he gets it together and has a great season.
I hope he tears it up! It's to bad he wasn't able to finish his collegiate career here but I wish him all the best.
Get a bus pass. Best of luck to him.
I actually had class with him a couple semesters ago, and he's very well spoken and bright..it's a shame he couldn't get it together in AA. Best of luck at Baylor!
Is he eligible immediately?
Well, he did sit out this past year, so maybe that will count as his year off. Another possibility is that he is using the grad school rule to get around the year off.
I think he's doing the grad year transfer thing. He received his degree from Michigan this Spring.
that's the best news possible from this whole ordeal. He's a Michigan grad, and although football didn't work out 100%, he stuck with it academically and got it done.
Best to you Mr. Stonum. We'll always remember the return vs. ND.
It would have to be a grad year transfer, as he used his redshirt year this past season.
If he is eligible immediately he would interestingly play his first game on September 2 (Baylor vs. SMU) in Waco. That's less than two hours from Dallas, the day after Michigan-Alabama.
Two-for-one weekend for Michigan fans in Dallas?
I think you can stop trying to push your sports travel business as I don't think there is a single Michigan fan that wants to drive two hours to see a former wide receiver potentially catch 2-3 balls against SMU for Baylor.
Good luck, Darryl!
Man we could have used him on the field this year....
I was really looking forward to seeing him this fall, but SHIT happens.. Good luck to Stonum and Baylor
Go for you Darryl! Hope you tear up the Big 12. I remember when he was an incoming freshman. Time flies.
Good to see that he has got another chance at a BCS team in his home state. Considering the trajectory all the teams at Baylor have been on in the past few years, I wouldn't be surprised if they stay good and have a Big 12 title contending team even after the departure of RGIII.
Baylor is a 6-6 team this year--they just lost way too much, and their defense is borderline RR-era bad. Still rooting for Stonum, though.
That could be argued as their only good year in the past 5 required a breakout performance from RGIII and they lost quite a bit as you mentioned. I just think that the positive momentum overall should carry them to atleast 8 wins possibly more. I don't follow the Big 12 very closely but no team (atleast on the surface) other than Oklahoma looks particularly scary and isn't the Big 12 a 'defense optional' league anyway.
shame it didn't work out for him here. we needed him big time this season, but i hope everything works out for him. baylor got itself a solid receiver.
anyone know if he can play this season? i have to imagine he can, seeing as how he's already used a redshirt.
Good Luck Daryll!
Glad he landed somewhere with a good program and hopefully stays out of trouble and finds some success on the field. Best of luck to him
Wow. Good for him. I will always remember the KO return against ND and him finally getting glasses.
He graduated from UM this spring jackass.
I pictured the guy from Happy Gilmore when I read this.
Frankly, I'm surprised by all the encouragment in this thread. Stonum betrayed his teammates by making numerous selfish decisions in his time here. I'm not upset he's going to Baylor, but I'm also not going to say "good for him."
Then shouldn't his teammates be the ones to crap on him?
When did I crap on him? What did I say that was untrue? Oh that's right, nothing.
Actually, "Ghost," most of what you said was opinion. In this thread, you sound like one of those people who thinks his opinion is "fact" and everyone who disagrees with him is "wrong." I can't imagine that ending well on the most intelligent message board in college sports.
It is the in thing on this blog to be hyper gracious and all "best of wishes" and "go get em bud" to basically anybody who goes anywhere for any reason. I am kind of more like "whatever dude" on this one. Don't want bad things for the guy but I could do without him catching 15 touchdown passes and so forth. What does that say about me?
It says you are a rational person, unlike the idiot sunshine blowers like El Jeffe.
"but I could do without him catching 15 touchdown passes and so forth. What does that say about me?"
It says you're a numbnuts.
That's good. I thought that was taken out of the insult rotation years ago. An oldie but a goodie.
And thanks for answering honestly. I guess I just really don't give a shit about Baylor football.
No, it says he doesn't support people who put themselves before the team. But I guess "numbnuts" works too.
I don't know what it says about you. I know that I made my own set of mistakes when I was Stonum's age only no one cared because I'm not a high profile athlete. Maybe that's why I'm a little more forgiving towards him. I've got a nice big glass house.
Really? You had numerous run-ins with the law while part of a college atheltic team?
I know that I made my own set of mistakes when I was Stonum's age only no one cared because I'm not a high profile athlete
No actually, that's a reading fail on your part. Being a part of a college team does not mean you are a high profile athlete.
Wow. It's Friday. Find a drink and stfu.
See, your third paragraph is the key point. No one is saying that what Stonum did to get kicked off the team wasn't wrong, and when it happened, most were in agreement that he needed to be off of the team.
What GhostofYost can't seem to put together is that you can be both disappointed or even appalled by his actions, while at the same time be happy if he learns from his screw ups and lands on his feet.
A question to you, GhostofYost - if you had a close friend get a DUI, or struggle with an addiction of some sort where he lost something equivalent to a spot on Michigan's football team (a job maybe?) and that friend cleaned himself up to where he found another job - wouldn't you wish him the best of luck? Or would you take the same attitude you're taking right now with Stonum?
People make mistakes, sometimes big ones. Especially young people (Stonum was like 19 and 20 when this happened). I think they deserve a second chance if they work for it.
Your premise is flawed on multiple levels. First, you assume that because an athlete is longer committing crimes, he has somehow cleaned everything up and learned from his mistakes. What evidence do you have that would confirm this? Second, this is hardly his "second chance." Third, he's not a "close friend" of yours or mine or anyone else on this board. Come back with a more accurate hypothetical and I'll answer your questions.
Stonum had a year of his Michigan career taken away never to get it back. Webber never had shit done to him. How you handle it helps too. Stonum left without blaming Michigan for his troubles, and Webber can't stop finding people to blame other than himself.
You can make your own judgement on how harshly the legal system treated each.
Once a Wolverine, always a Wolverine.
Not if your name is Justin Boren.
That was my first thought too, but then I remembered with that shitty attitude of his he was never a real Wolverine in the first place.
Once a snow plower, always a snow plower.....
Too bad he won't have RGIII throwing to him, that would've been really fun to watch.
He's from Texas so he's going back to his home state. Waco isn't that far from Dallas either.
But it's a good haul (3 hours) from Houston.
Sorry, I'll start fitting in with the narrative now. Yay Stonum! I'm so happy for him!
Youre being a real douche, you know that? Consider this before hating on him: If he hadn't found trouble in the first place then he would have played last year and been out of eligibility...did not having Stonum on the team last year hurt UM as far as their record was concerned? Not a bit. Still an 11 win team. So he sits out, goofs up, and has found a second chance elsewhere. Why can't you just wish him luck and hope he turns it around? It doesn't influence Michigan's season, and he seemed like a pretty decent guy.
Look - Stonum did a lot for our team while he was here. He worked hard. He also screwed up a couple times. Does that mean he put himself before the team, or does it mean he didn't have his head screwed on tight enough? I don't know the answer to that, but you seem to, even though the preponderance of the evidence suggests you're wrong. Stonum screwed up, he took his lumps, sat out a year, stuck around to get his degree, and is now trying his talents elsewhere.
At no point have we heard of Stonum being a bad guy or a poor teammate, just a guy who uses poor judgment on the weekends. That doesn't make him a bad guy, and there's nothing wrong with hoping he gets his act together for his sake.
If you disagree, that's your prerogative, but it makes you look like an ass when you feel the need to make a point of it.
If memory serves me right, Baylor is a dry campus being highly religious and what-not. Might be a good fit for his past issues.
Still pretty bummed that it's not OK for him to play at Michigan this year but it is OK to play at Baylor. Doesnt seem right (to me) but I understand breaking team rules and all, gotta be strict
Baylor is a noted cesspool for off the field/court problems. Other than that, a totally upstanding, Baptist environment.
What was the basketball murder scandal? Wasn't it something like one player murdered another over drugs? Or am I misremembering what happened.
I don't remember hearing anything bad about their football program, but then again I pay almost zero attention to Baylor (unless they are playing, and probably beating, Texas).
I was more thinking about the Dunn incident a couple of years ago. Starting PG breaks girlfriend/babymama's jaw with his fist. She declined to press charges (future NBA earnings and whatnot). Dunn misses zero games.
On the football side, they've been closely linked to Will Lyles. It's no coincidence that Seastrunk landed there. I wish Stonum the best, but it's a fairly open secret down here that Baylor is running the shadiest AD in the Big 12.
Ah Stonum, one half of the inspiration for the ol' Wild Thing avatar. Good luck to him at Baylor, and I'm happy to hear he landed somewhere.
All the best to Stonum. Hopefully he has learned from the past, and is looking toward a bright future.
Randomly met Stonum about a month ago at a lake in south central Michigan. He was with a few friends and throwing a football with a buddy, which floated over in front of our place (2 houses down). Ended up throwing the ball around with him for 15 minutes or so. Good guy, he mentioned he was headed to Baylor. He commented on all the incoming freshman just being huge, big dudes and that, "coach hoke? coach hoke recruits talent." Asked him, "how good did it feel when you saw daylight on that kickoff against ND?" You couldn't wipe the smile off his face with something that is good at wiping things. "The highlight of my career man".
Best of luck to him at his next stop and hope he gets some looks from the NFL next year.
Daryl (DC) was at our cottage on Devils Lake as he has been my Administrative Assistant this Spring/Summer for my Real Estate Team in Ann Arbor. I am very happy for him to get to pursue his dream to play college football one more year.
He was nothing but polite and a quick learner, which is not easy to do when you have to learn all the Real Estate terms and lingo in a short amount of time.
Everyone deserves a second chance, he will be near family, but I can tell you he will always be a Wolverine in his heart.
NEVER once did he not assume complete responsibilty for his actions. He stayed at U of M and got his degree, which I am sure some would have tucked their tale between their legs and left .
I'm proud and happy for him, a great kid and family !
I'm also interested in seeing what Lache Seastrunk does for Baylor this year. They're still gonna be very fun to watch.
Good luck Darryl! You'll always be a Wolverine to us and thank you for your formidable contributions.
What an incredible athelete. Hopefully he gets it all together.
Sad to see him go.. but Brady doesn't mess around. Maintaining a clean program these days is priority 1
I know he made a lot of stupid decisions but I've always been pulling for him. I think it might be because I felt bad for him that the last straw was him being late for his court date because he didn't have a car. Crummy way to go, even though it was his fault. I'm really glad he landed on his feet. I'll be cheering for him this year
What is it about making game-changing plays against Notre Dame and then becoming a "former Michigan player" before eligibility is up? Grrrrr!
Denard's still here...
Good for Baylor, but going to West Virginia would've been better for Stonum. They'll likely lead the NCAA in passing this year.
I know which team I will be rooting for, it would be nice to see him go off and have a huge year. Like Junior, I was always really excited to see if he can make a name for himself at the next level. He seems to be all heart on the football field, it's ashame how everything ended at michigan. But he got his degree and he still has a year left to play at top BCS level football. I'm glad it worked out this way for him, I'm going to miss #22
"Once a Wolverine, always a Wolverine"
Not when you disgrace yourself and the program like Darryl did. I wish him the best of luck and hope he can truly turn himself around and stay away from the booze, but he lost the right to call himself a Wolverine.
Crappy town. Loads of hot women.