The NCAA has granted Michigan State wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett's request for a residence waiver, so he will be eligible to play in 2012, the school announced today.
DeAnthony Arnett eligible to play this season
who does he have throwing to him? yeah, have fun with that
A QB entering his 4th year.
Good for Arnett. I can understand the NCAA trying to limit transfers, but it seems like players get screwed so often by transfer rules. Now he can get shut down by UM's defensive backfield right away.
I'm not saying the guy's going to be great or that MSU's offense won't lose something this coming season, I'm just saying that it doesn't make a lot of sense to be out-right dismissive of him.
Yeah i hate when people say that. MSU fans will prob be saying that when drob and gardner are gone and morris is gonna be a first year starter. It happens at least once every 4 years folks, thats college football
He played against Alabama and has seen the field against Big Ten opponents, although in a very limited capacity.
Sorry, but there is no way that I will ever agree that making a player study and take classes for an entire year on an athletic scholarship for free is "screwing" him.
This is more BS. It's bad enough when the media tries to prop up MSU, but it's even worse when even the NCAA does it by allowing them to sign a de facto free agent for immediate play. The only way they are going to keep transfers from looking like free agent day in the NFL is to make everyone sit out a year when they transfer, regardless of situation.
They need to do away with the loophole for Arnett, and they need to do away with the loophole for people who have graduated. Give them a sixth year if neccessary, and let them take an extra year of free classes. My guess is that there are a lot of people right here on mgoblog who would take a free year of school and not see it as being "screwed."
You may want to read about Arnett and his very sick father before judging him. Multiple heart attacks and surgeries the past year certainly qualify as hardship, especially if Arnett needs to pay bills by making it to the NFL as fast as he can. I'm sure you would be crying bloody murder if some entity potentially blocked you from providing for your family.
How horrible for the NCAA to consider family hardships. I guess the only thing worse is rewarding students who graduate. This is particularly funny given how much criticism we hear about the NCAA being unfair to the players.
There would essentially be no graduate student transfers if not for the waiver rule. Schools are going to be very reluctant to tie up a scholarship for two years for a player who can only play the second. Arnett was not exactly a free agent. He was only going to get his waiver by transferring to a school close to home. And he did transfer without knowing whether it would be granted.
darn long timeout
I guarantee that if he had chosen to come here we wouldn't be hearing peep from you about how it's BS, or that he's just a free-agent
I would. I'd be happy to have him, but I'd still say the rule is dumb.
I don't think the part about his father should matter. He's moving back to Michigan to be close to his dad, which the NCAA is saying is perfectly fine. Whether or not he's on the field this fall has nothing to do with his ability to be closer to his dad. I just don't see how those things have anything to do with each other.
Because the NCAA doesn't see a need to force him to put his life on hold more than his family situation has forced. Empathy is a good thing.
Keep on being a horrendous human being, Tater. Always brings a smile
because i dont believe maxwell will be good im a douche? all i said was have fun with a qb who hasnt proven a thing. damn man, like you haven't voiced an opinion of a college players on the field ability before
It sounds douche-like because the same can be said about the WR we have coming in after this year too. Just because a QB hasn't started games, doesn't mean he's going to be bad. He has sat behind maybe the best QB Sparty has had, so him not seeing the field has more to do with Cousins than with Maxwell.
Maxwell should be a solid QB. I promise we would have recruited him hard had Hoke been around back then.
An Elite 11 QB who has sat behind Cousins for three years.
says J.T. Floyd. Seriously though, good for him. I would have some choice words for the NCAA if they punished a kid for moving home to be closer to his ailing father.
If he hadn't transferred right after his WR coach left, there probably wouldn't have been any question in the NCAA's mind or this long delay in a decision. As I understand it his dad wasn't in great shape when he went to UT in the first place, so maybe it looked slightly fishy to them. But only slightly -- I mean, it isn't like the guy wasn't playing there, and maybe he realized that being closer to home mattered more than it did when he made his initial decision. When there's no tampering and a valid non-football reason for the transfer I'm generally in favor of letting these guys be eligible right away.
Along with a relatively liberal granting of those waivers though I'd hope the NCAA would utterly annihilate any program caught tampering to make sure that kind of shenanigans doesn't happen.
He wanted to be closer to his father and he was able to transfer to a major conference school despite Dooley's sinister plan. That's a victory. Why should he be able to play immediately considering he had knowledge of his father's health when he chose to leave state a year ago. I know nothing about his father's health, but if his father's heath is rapidly deteriorating wouldn't a year away from the travel team give him more opportunities to visit Saginaw on the weekends?
I do acknowledge the obvious counter argument: His father wants to see him play while he is still healthy enough to do so. And for the record, I have no issue with Arnett being eligible. I'm just saying that it wouldn't be a total injustice if the NCAA didn't grant his waiver because I can see plenty of advantages to sitting a year and abiding by the NCAA protocol.
According to reports, Arnetts fathers health declined rapidly AFTER he signed with Tennessee. Perhaps he just didn't know.
...because the class of 2011-2012 is gone. There wasn't room when Arnett transferred.
Sure, he wouldn't have to, but why would he want to do that? He'd have to take a semester off of school, putting him behind to graduate (which a transfer would only make worse) and he's miss spring practice with his new team.
He enrolled at MSU for the winter quarter/term/whatever. Michigan didn't have any spots at the time.
he wanted to.
I could be wrong but iirc Barnett said msu was the only place he considered transferring to. I could search for an article when I get home but I thought he said UM and one other school (maybe central?) contacted him but he wasn't interested.
I don't think Arnett was considering UM, was he?
Michigan had a chance, but Arnett (understandably) didn't want to wait to the summer to have a scholarship.
Would have had room for him in the Winter. I'm not sure how much the coaching staff was really looking at him after getting an initial reaction on where he stood. I think they inquired and determined they had bigger priorities.
Sometimes fans of teams where glasses colored similarily to the team colors. In this case, some Michigan fans wore some color glasses between blinding highlighter yellow and kind of an orange-yellow color, and came to the conclusion that Michigan didn't have scholies available. This then quickly spread, and other fans generally assumed (in no malevolent way) the other fans (sadly, usually the loudest fans are the most ignorant) saying this were correct. This happens with all fan-bases, but probably at least half the time is more wishful thinking then reality.
I'm not sure if Michigan fully pursued Arnett or not. But it appears pretty clear that there were scholarships available. I think Arnett liked State more for whatever reason, regardless, and that's fine if that's where he feels comfortable.
I don't have the numbers available in front of me right now, but I don't believe it had anything to do with homer-ism. We were at the 85 limit if I recall correctly. The seniors hadn't left, Khoury, Cox, and Robinson hadn't left and Stonum was on the team. Plus we had 3 early enrolles. We literally didn't have a scholly at that time; we were at the 85 limit. Now fast forward, and we're now sitting at 79.
Plus I also remember some time ago what when Arnett was talking about the reasons he didn't choose UM, via an interview or twitter, he said a reason was becasue, "Denard's gonna Denard."
Does anyone else remember this or am I just crazy? (I'm thinking the latter as well)
The same reason the really big receiver recruits keep looking elsewhere. Kids understandably want to see the actual offense they'll be getting into and they have to feel comfortable with it. We can't deliver part 1 right now and part 2 is a matter of what point in a game they choose to watch.
Recruiting receivers will be a lot easier once the program is fully transitioned to pro-style.
He was following his position coach from UT to MSU. He wasn't going anywhere else.
when baggett was let go (i.e., taking the fall for some potential recruiting snafu) i think arnett was gone regardless of what kind of waiver he was going to get. i am glad for him regardless of his motivation - dooley is a first order prick. guy was born on third and he thinks he hit a triple.
Yeah I'm not a big fan of DD either. Now that UT has a football AD again I'm sure Derek won't last much longer in Knoxville.
I hope he has a successful career at MSU. But Countess/Floyd will lock him down, #NoFlyZone in full effect this season.
This is totally unrelated, and I apologize. But this probably deserves its own thread (considering its the offseason) and I can't yet post.
Anyways, apparently Notre Dame is getting some new shoes. I strongly suggest that they quickly be made into tennis courts:
European football shoes? Lol
Orange isnt a part of their uniforms,I know its the Irish flag, but those are so ugly.
That shoe is just plain sad.
They're the Fighting Irish and they're playing a game in Ireland. It makes sense to me, and I think it's a good idea.
Can this please have its own thread?
So fitting those are Miami (YTM) colors
the NCAA got one right? is this some sort of parellel universe? someone prove to me that this is real.
Great for Arnett, regardless of what team he plays for. Dooley is still a douchebag.
He's probably going to continue the string of strangely good MSU wide receivers
Nice Miami colors. Go Fighting Hurricanes!
Edit: Meant as a reply for the hideous Notre Dame shoe post.
Blake Countess says.....
we might have pursued him a bit more aggressively.
Don't like the fact that he's wearing their colors, but would hate to see the kid suffer because of bureaucracy.
I'm sure our staff wanted him and I'm sure we had a small chance, but it seemed that he was set on MSU from the start (of him transferring.) Despite his perceived douchiness on social media, kid seems to be pretty smart and wants to get to the NFL - MSU is a more established pro style offense at this point, and Maxwell is a talented QB (despite the inexperience).....the knew each other from their HS days, so you have to give the kid credit for going with his head. As much as I love Denards 2011 highlights, the jump balls he threw all year don't instill a lot of confidence in a WR trying to get to the next level.
The state of transition to pro style offense and lack of relationship with our staff hurt our chances with this kid, and MSU was able to pull him. Lack of scholarships is a dumb excuse.
Having said that, excited for he WRs coming in and happy to bank a scholly for a Treadwell etc.
He may well have gone to MSU anyway, but Michigan can't take an 86th player...FWIW, Sam Webb said that Arnett had an interest in Michigan but wasn't willing to wait for a scholarship. He also said that Arnett had to mend fences with Dantonio because of something to do with his original recruitment, so MSU wasn't a slam dunk (at least if you believe Sam's version of events).
TomVH echoed the same thing about the scholarship after talking with his family.
It looks like I was wrong and stand corrected - having said that, I still feel that he was set on MSU - if both sides really wanted him to be at UofM, he would be here.
I am happy for DeAnthony! He will be a great receiver once he has time to learn the playbook and gain team chemistry with his teammates. While he was a slightly productive receiver at Tennessee, it may be possible that he doesn't have the same productivity at Staee, for whatever reason.
Whatever it takes to strengthen the Big 10 and weaken the SEC, I am fine with. Plus, he's no match for Countess, Floyd, Kovacs, and Gordon.
Does anyone know the status of Burbridge? Im hearing he might not qualify.
He will be going to summer school. It's looking alot better than earlier. Probably a 50-50 right now.
Kids should always be able to transfer to any school they want with no loss of eligibility years. They should also always have to sit out 1 year. No more, no less.
Good for Arnett, especially considering his reason for transferring. Hopefully we will lock him down.
Nice to see an in-state kid catch a break in EL. That's become such a rarity with Dantonio's intergalactic recruiting wars on Naboo yielding all this success in 2013.
away from the free agency claim alot of teams will say about this one. Another thing is a year out wouldn't hurt him, that would get him a qb with some time under his belt at the helm. Seems to me there is a hardship beyond the obvious one, it is UM needs him worse than the Sparties do. Come to UM he could have got a SR denard throwing to him then a SR DG throwing to him, he may have enjoyed his first couple years unlike what I think he is in for. IMO
Also IMO but he'll be in for a RS Junior QB behind an experienced (4/5 returners?) offensive line. Because he couldn't play in the spring game none of us really know what Maxwell is capable of. He could be great, a bust, or anything in between.
There is no doubt this is great news for sparty.
Good for him. The kid has caught a series of tough breaks and clearly deserves this. Hope he has a better experience at State, except for when he visits the Big House this year.
It is nice to see the NCAA do something that they really didn't have to do and grant this waiver - it is a pretty humane thing to do and hopefully Arnett can spend the time with his family that he has wanted because of his father's deteorating health.
That being said, I hope he is rendered ineffective for a few hours on the 20th of October.