The freep ran an interview with Tate, and in it, Tate claims that he really wanted to stay at Michigan and that he and his family tried to meet with DB, but that DB had no interest in meeting with him.
• On leaving Michigan: “I felt like things could have been handled better. (Athletic director) Dave Brandon made his mind up. We tried hard (to stay). I took care of my incompletes. I needed a certain amount of credits. The incompletes, I took care of those. Dave Brandon still wouldn’t let me stay. He refused to even meet with us. That’s his decision; we really didn’t want to fight it. That was his decision, that’s the head guy. I didn’t want to challenge him. I’m not going to win something like that with somebody as high up as he was. When he did that, it was time to turn a new chapter.
If this is true, than to me, this reflects poorly on DB. Tate is 19 years old kid who, while under intense media scrutiny, intense pressure, messed up. He messed up big time, failing to complete his classes. And, from Tate's account (self serving, but all that we have to go on at this point), he learned from his mistake, completed his incomplete classes and expressed a genuine desire to earn his way back on to the team. The fact that DB took such a trong position, and did not allow Tate a new chance, to me speaks poorly of DB.
Tate was 19 years old - kids that age will tend to mess up. I won't even print on here what my first semester GPA was at Michigan - I would imagine that my blood alcahol content was higher, though. After being put on probation, I turned things around sharply, did very well and move on successfully. That hard lesson was the kick in the ass that I needed to realize that I actually had to do some work in college. I would imagine that many a college student has learned the exact same lesson. And most of us that did we just ordinary students. We didn't have the demands of the football team, the intense media scrutiny surrounding our program or the pressure of transitioning from a home schooling environment that Tate's father subjected him to into full university life.
Perhaps we don't know the whole story. But, one thing that came across from the interview with Tate is that he loves Michigan. If what Tate is saying is true, then shame on DB for not allowing this kid a second chance.
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As some on this thread have pointed out, the athletic department said that there was a meeting with someone in the department because DB was out of town, and that this other individual told the Forciers that they could follow-up for a meeting with DB, but that they didn't. Obviously, there will be some he said - she said, and like I said in my original post, we likely don't know the whole story.