Kellen Jones is picked up by the Sooners. Seeing him suit up for the #1 team in the country is going to sting.
Kellen Jones to Oklahoma
Shows the integrity of OU...
Maybe because of him allegedly sexually assaulting a girl. Why do you think he's no longer on the team/coming to Michigan?
So you've concluded that Jones is guilty then.
How do you know this is true?
Wow, didn't expect that...
Good luck to him.
I confirmed that with his dad today. His dad said as far as he understands he'll be able to play right away, rather than redshirting. He may redshirt anyway because he's a freshman, but they think he'll have instant eligibility.
How is that possible if Kellen signed a LOI to Michigan for 2011?
So technically Jones isn't a transfer from Michigan because he was never enrolled in the first place. That means he plays right away, correct?
Correct. He's a true freshman that can play immediately
Is this a situation where we will ever hear what happened, or will it always be hearsay?
Oklahoma picked him up, so regardless of whether the rumors were true or not, they'll never be confirmed.
This is 2011, even the most miniscule stories are splashed all over the internet, and this one just kind of came and went like a ghost. Very strange.
We'll see what happens at OU - they are loaded at LB.
Good luck to him...I hope he has a brilliant college career.
Only if it's not at our expense.
Am I the last guy in Washtenaw County to know wtf is going on with this?
He is a transfer, right? Despite never having gone to a class (or even enrolling) here? As was the case with Randy Moss and Our Lady College of Northern Indiana? He's got to sit a year.
He was released from his LOI
If the rumors are true I do not wish him luck and don't understand why people would.
I agree...but hope the rumors are wrong, and if they are, wish the kid the best.
Though, I get the feeling Hoke would not have thrown him out if he thought the rumors were not true. He probably would have been redshirted. So...make your own conclusions.
Hope the rumors are wrong? They aren't wrong, that's why Hoke booted him from the team, he wouldn't have done that for just a rumor.
This is disappointing, I guess it shows where the Sooners stand on moral integrity.
yeah, you are right, it doesnt look like the rumor is false or he would be on the team
What did the rumors say he did? I guess I missed the boat on that
Did Kellen's father confirm why he wouldn't be attending U of M?
I have heard the rumors but if they were true Oklahoma would not be taking him.
If they are not true, then he should be in Ann Arbor.
BTW: If Michigan lets him out of his LOI he wouldn't have to sit out a year. He never enrolled so he is free to play at Oklahoma.
How do you know what Oklahoma would or wouldn't do? Obviously, they don't give a shit. I'm glad that we have some standards. Hoke did the right thing by turning Jones away.
I have no idea what is so "obvious" about any of this.
And it is nice to think that "we have some standards." I'm sure we do have some standards. But I'll be darned if I know how Kellen Jones adds to our understanding of what some of Michigan's "standards" are.
I don't like rumors. Just two days ago, rumors were flashing around about two more Michigan suspensions on the way. And that seems to have gone nowhere. That seems to have been a rumor that was properly killed. I like killing bad rumors as much or more than anybody. But why can't anybody write anything authoritative about this now? If there are mere allegations, just write that there are mere allegations. But beyond any doubt, there have been real consequences to whatever allegations exist.
You must not like the Internet much then. I mean isn't it part of the the point of forums like this to deal in rumors? Of course not every rumor is true but some turn out to be. Obviously there was some truth to the jones rumors or be would be here. Now maybe there is not enough evidence to ever prove what happened but Hoke was likely concerned enough about the mere allegations to part ways.
Of course Sparty did not care when it came to Eric Knott but Sparty is Sparty.
Obviously, they don't give a shit. I'm glad that we have some standards. Hoke did the right thing by turning Jones away. -Pete99
This is the one of the most puzzling situations I have ever seen with a player. All sorts of rumors about a run in with the law but nothing official to confirm what happened.
Well that's uhhh puzzling, best of luck to him there
Good luck to Kellen
How is this old news?
I heard about it yesterday, but thought you guys would have already knew this. I was going to start a thread about but just figured you already knew this happened. I did a Google search on the Kellen Jones to transfer to Oklahoma popped up and did not wanna post it twice. Sorry, guys.
I understand why we don't know what happened with Kellen at Michigan, but it's frustrating to see him removed from our team and not told why, and then to quickly be picked up by Oklahoma.
Now that he is a Sooner - What the hell happened?
Tell that to Jim Tressel and his sikk domination of the B-I-G
What the Hell's going on around here! (Vince Lombardi voice)
I totally missed it, what is the rumor about Jones?
From what I've read/heard he stole a bunch of kittens from a 6-year-old blind girl, threw them in a bag and then lit the bag on fire so the blind girl could smell them burning.
When Michigan heard this they revoked his LOI.
Also, I believe at one point he was a Sith Apprentice.
He burned the bag??!!! Good god...
Don't listen to smwilliams, he's full of shit. The girl was not blind at all.
My source says the girl was "most likely" blind because she was wearing sunglasses even though it was partly cloudy.
Regardless, definitely the kind of kid we don't want getting a college education and/or playing football.
Back to the streets with him I say! Back to the streets!
Actually my sources confirm that it was not that it was cloudy but she was wearing her sunglasses at night.
Maybe she was a hipster chick? Were they oversized novelty sunglasses by any chance?
I love the smell of burning kitten hair in the morning....
A little too much touchy feely.
To drink a bunch of Kool aid, I heard.
We won't ever know what happened but if the rumors are true then Bob Stoops is a far worse man than St. Jim Tressel.
Again, without even knowing what the rumors are (sorry, if I missed something please link), it is hard to say whether or not someone's high horse was properly taken of the stable or not. As of now, it sucks to lose such a good player to another elite team, but so be it. If the rumors are false (whatever they are), and Kellen left on his own accord for whatever reason, then I wish him the best. If he led a violent coup of a prison plane then crash-landed it on the Las Vegas strip (yes, Con Air is on), then I guess best of luck to Stoops. But either way, he's not at UM anymore, and I could care less what he does or did before coming to UM or afterward.
OK...but how much less?
Why would they let him enroll but we wouldn't? That says something about Oklahoma football.
Yet they always find a way to choke and piss it away. I'm willing to wager the Sooners don't play in the national title game this year.
.... anyone... could spell out what the rumors are! Sheesh!
the RUMORS (and being that he is no longer a student at UofM/Associated with UofM/complete rumors) involved a sexual assualt towards a girl. Was posted all over a Michgan Football Facebook group a while back. Not sure how said it first and not sure if it is at all true.
Neg away if you want, but I believe the internet was MADE for free flow of information and again, they were just RUMORS.
Thanks for the clarification. It sickens me that he was not allowed to enroll due to rumors. He was a lifelong fan whose dream came true to come to UM.
We all know that EVERY time someone makes a complaint that they are telling the truth (review Duke lacrosse fiasco).
I am extremely disappointed in how this was handled given NO legal action has been taken against Kellen to date. Even if legal action takes place down the road, he should have to be found guilty before facing disiplinary action.
What happens when some decides that they want Denard gone? Hey I got an idea how about they just make up a story about him since coach Hoke has shown that he doesn't need the legal process to run it's course. He just assumes guilt.
well, keep in mind they were rumors to us, us being the internets. We don't know what brady hoke and others know. I can think of many scenarios where the young man should be kicked off the team even if he isn't facing charges.
I think the situation was handled fine by Hoke. I'm sure the evidence was enough to convince Hoke that he did it, whether he admitted it or not. Nobody is going to get kicked out for a rumor. Re-think your logic and the obvious answer to the question of guilt before considering Brady Hoke a dumbass for believing an internet rumor.
People don't press charges all the time. Whether be the case of little evidence, a shady witness (in this case, a girl could easily be drunk), or whatever other reason, it happens. He didn't get charged or prosecuted that we know of and this could all be a lie, but where there is smoke, there's fire.
Hoke handled the situation as well as could be expected. If he lets Kellen in and these charges are proven true, then he brought in a convicted sex offender, which last time I checked isn't a good thing. And as a first-year coach replacing a guy who had a couple of strikes against him because of (real or perceived) lack of high-quality recruits, better to err on the side of safety. That said, I know that accusations are not even in the same realm as convictions, but at this point I'd rather not have my potential freshman LB starter being dragged off to jail for something inappropriate he did with a girl. I mean, we aren't MSU.
Let's not get carried away here buddy. I'm sure there was a perfectly good reason he wasn't allowed to enroll at Michigan. They wouldn't release a 4-star linebacker from his LOI for no good reason.
Well, if the rumors that have been spread are out there, then they definitely have a reason. But my point was that it doesn't really matter - a decision was made, and let's just move on.
he's probably gonna be an all-american at OU just because that would happen to us
The trail of tears leads to Okalahoma.
Another brilliant example of justice. Take a young person, who did something heinous (and for whatever reason it can't be discussed here, so I guess it involves desecrating the image of Mohammed) and thus his actions preclude his ability to be included in the company of distinguished men of Michigan.
Hogwash. He needs to be around good, upstanding folks. But instead he was shed like a leper. I don't want to discuss recent redshirts - cause we all know that they deserve multiple chances - but Kellen, and others who are discarded as quickly after an event such as this, deserve a second chance.
The U of M coaching staff can do what they will, but hats off to Oklahoma for seeing that people can grow and change.
I'm kind of torn on this. I think an act like that should take away the privilege to attend a university for free and play football. At the same time I think second chances should be given IF he shows he has grown and changed. In such a small time frame there us no way he has done this.
I'd like to agree with you but there are only a few actions looked down upon more these days than a DUI and what Jones is accused of (rumor) is one of them. I am going to wait to hear what really happened before I judge the coaching staff/ AD on their handling of the situation.
If he did in fact commit sexual assault that's certainly a reason to boot him off the team. But in this day and age, if there were charges pressed against him (and especially if he was found guilty) how has that not been made public yet? Would they kick him off the team based on hearsay? Did another player witness it or something? In the words of Towelie, I don't know what's going on.
If the incident occurred while he was a minor, it would be sealed under a juvenile record and not public. If the charges (if any) were dropped, or if there was a plea agreement, his record could be expunged. Then you have a situation where one school might reject him on moral grounds, but another school could admit him on the technicality that he doesn't have a record.
I'm not saying this is what happened, merely that it's one reason why we may never learn the facts.
Minimizing the gravity of sexual assault and acting like accusations thereof are generally bogus? Please, that's child's play. But adding an anti-Islamic dig when it's a complete non sequitur? Next level shit, lawya.
Can someone "grow and change?"
How is it possible that I know exactly as much about this situation--all of it--now as I would have before the internet was invented? That's very frustrating.
Welp, at least the naked ladies are still there.
The rumors had to do with inappropriate relationship behavior, unchivalrous behavior that may once have been winked at but (rightly) no longer is ignored.
The problem is you ruin someone's reputation with rumors. But also, these rumors are often hard to verify (and thus, stay in the realm of rumors.)
Be a star, in somebody else's sky. But why, why, why can't it be...can't it be mine.
Nice. But you have to hold the note on "mine" for like five minutes and end in an angst ridden groan.
What really bothers me about this is it seems like the coaching staff made a decision based on hearsay.
Legal proceedings are a matter of public record. So, if there were legal proceedings, we would be hearing about them, which leads me to believe there aren't any, since we've heard nothing.
In the legal system, it's "innocent until proven guilty" and guilt MUST be beyond a reasonable doubt. Since there's no legal proceedings, that means there's not enough evidence to prosecute. The Michigan coaches, by presuming his guilt, have given Jones even less of a fair shake than our so-called justice system would.
Reading between the lines, it sounds like what Jones is being accused of comes down to a his word vs. her word type thing. Accusations like that should not be taken lightly, but, why is it, that in these cases, men are usually presumed guilty, instead of innocent until proven guilty? The Duke lacrosse case from a couple years ago shows how absolutely foolish that type of thinking is. When that happened, there were 88 Duke professors that ran a full-page ad in the Durham Herald Sun condemning the lacrosse team. When they were later exonerated in a court of law, those professors had egg on their faces.
I'll reserve judgment because I don't know all the facts, but, looking at the similarities, I can't help but wonder if the coaching staff isn't headed down the same path by not letting the legal system do its thing, and instead presuming Jones' guilt.
You have no right to play Michigan Football. It is not a democracy.
And isn't anyone thinking about Rabback saying it wasn't the rumor, not trouble, he just had to leave? Maybe he needs to get somewhere else, or get away from here. When it's all rumors, I have to say, he's been solid on them.
Of course it's not a right, but, it would bother me that the coaches would dismiss a player based on a rumor, for something there wasn't even enough evidence to prosecute.
And yeah, you could be right about the second part. The reason Jones is gone may not have anything to do with that. But him being gone, and these rumors being out there, seems too much to be coincidence to me, it might just be a coincidence though, maybe he just left. We may never know the truth.
Even assuming the rumors aren't true, their existence could be legit grounds for a guy to want to leave Ann Arbor. I can't imagine arriving on campus as an 18 year old freshman and immediately having to deal with people saying I was a borderline rapist all over the internet, especially if it wasn't true (I had to drunkenly proposition/paw many a chubby girl to earn that reputation).
Would also explain why OU would be quick to scoop the guy up. Zero basis for believing this (or any other explanation at this point) but it is one scenario that makes the whole bizarre situation seem slightly less crazy than it looks to be on the surface.
"Even assuming the rumors aren't true, their existence could be legit grounds for a guy to want to leave Ann Arbor."
You're right and that's very unfortunate. It's kinda sad to see how many people on this board have rushed to crucify Jones based solely on a rumor.
Take, for example, the very first reply on this thread:
"Shows the integrity of OU..."
This comment and others like it presupposes Jones' guilt.
It baffles that people are so utterly convinced that Jones is an evil deviant, based on a few vague internet rumblings. Folks have jumped to conclusions on this in the worst way.
The standard for conviction is the higher one. There are lots of people we can pretty much determine by the evidence are VERY likely to have done it, buy don't meet the burden of proof for conviction. Luckily a University isn't held to legal standards. In the Duke case they SHOULDN'T have been prosecuted on shaky evidence. But if the school wanted to dump them for hanging out with craziness strippers and bringing scandal to the University, they'd well within their right. Just because OJ and Casey Anthony weren't convicted of all their charges due to the evidence doesn't mean you have to give them a scholarship. Even USC and OSU feel uneasy about that.
You may have something there. Maybe the whole situation he was in - regardless of any assault - was soo bad that he had to go.
I am bothered by the whole hearsay thing, but I doubt that the coaches just threw away a solid LB prospect.
The people questioning Hoke on this really need to get some perspective.
Is the key phrase here. Coaches and AD's have access to more information than we ever will. Anyone who has worked in that setting knows the disconnect between what the public "knows" and what really happened, or is going on. Part of having the right people running the programs is the trust the public/fans have that they will make the right call. I totally agree that the threshold is decidedly not a legal one, but rather, what is the standard of the organization you are, or would propose to be a part of. Michigan can't afford black eyes right now in the face of recent trouble, so the threshold is going to be lower. Further, it is exactly like Bo used to say: "you must keep yourself beyond reproach- always, and more than other people. It's not fair but it is the price of being part of something special!"
This just doesn't add up for me. I don't think it's fair to boot someone because of hearsay (assuming he's denying it) if there is an agreement between the parties (he signed his LOI, Michigan accepted it). I find it hard to buy the idea that he just wanted to leave. Wasn't this the kid who grew up an M fan because of his dad and sang The Victors in Hoke's (or RR's?) office when he committed?
and agree with a lot of what you are saying, you make some very good points. From where I stand though, there are some things that you can look at that would lead me to believe something is at play here (not just a kid deciding he doesn't want to be at UM).
The fact that neither the coaches or the player have come out and said something along the lines of "the player just doesn't feel comfortable with his decision to attend Michigan" (or something to that effect) when they obviously know about the rumours that are circulating lead me to believe that something has happened.
I don't know if the rumours are true or if it is something else all together, but it leads me to believe that Jones got up to something that lead to UM telling him to move on.
If we honestly look at the situation (one where the rumours are flying about a sexual assault), I can't think of a single reason for the coaches or the player not to step forward and say that it has nothing to do with any legal issues or problems with the player, just to quite the chatter. Hoke has been asked on a few occasions and simply says Jones in not on the team. If nothing was amiss, he could simply say he didn't want to come to UM for whatever reason.
Again, this is all just based on my interpretation of what has transpired to this point, but I have a hard time believing that Hoke or Jones wouldn't have come out and made a statement to put these rumours to rest if there wasn't something fishy going on. Just my two cents.
We have no idea what kind of information the coaches based their decision on.
Your claim that they made the decision based on hearsay is... hearsay.
That is a lot of words used to "reserve judgement."
I thought TomVH made a post when this was going on saying that the reason Jones was gone had nothing to do with anything he did. Am I mistaken? Or maybe I was in a drunken haze and imagined it? I just don't know...
I should have read one more post down...
What's the the rumour about the other two players suspended besides Hagerup and Terrence Robinson?
next to rawls and brennan...i was looking forward to watching him the most from the incoming 2011 class; kid had an unbelievable highlight tape and some impressive stats to go along. but i wish i could better understand the circumstances on why michigan wouldn't let him enroll...was it grades? attitude? burning kittens? sheesh the curiosity is killing me right now
but I find it disconcerting that so many people seem to think that they do. Behold, the jury of your peers.
The boot feels premature to me based on what is publically known at this time. I trust that Hoke/Brandon know with an appropriate level of certainty to make what I feel is a drastic decision in order to oreserve what they feel is in Michigan's bet interest. My problem is, that is not--and never willbe--a universal standard. Thank God for that.
Michigan desperately needs good lb's and jones is obviously a guy that could play right away. Hoke and Brandon wouldnt boot him bases on rumor alone. It is illegocial. Wait to see if jones actually plays a down before assuming he's innocent.
Oklahoma can take shadeballs and we could as well, especially because Hoke isn't RR and hasn't used up any goodwill yet, so why didn't he take jones? obvious answer is that jones did something very shady.
I'm not assumng anything, one way or the other. Only Hoke and Brandon know what happened and we don't even know if they agree that Jones should be off the team. I don't think this will ever happen, but what if it comes out that Hoke only booted Kellen because DB wouldn't have it... would that change your apparant presumption of guilt? It sounds like that may be the case. That's my point, none of the people applauding his removal from M's roster and leering at OU know anything at all yet are cool with formulating opinions about the situation.
Wasn't Marlon Jackson accused of something like this?
It suck because he's going to have a chance to coming in and play right a way at Oklahoma.. defensive captain and leading tackler Travis Lewis will miss up to eight weeks with a broken bone in his left foot, and returning starter Austin Box died..
And Ronell Lewis is going to be inelgible.
It was a tremendous cheese sandwich.
Kellen Jones rumors on the OU Scout forum are going off on a completely different tangent.
Much ado about nuthin'. Kellen showed up on M's campus with an Ohio State shirt on, Hoke blew his stack, said his wife couldn't live with humiliation, and sent Kellen packing.
Got to assume Hoke investigated thoroughly and found enough to justify getting rid of this piece of garbage. If you have a daughter or sister think about this.
I will come back here and change my mod of your post. At this point it is a little premature to be calling the kids a piece of garbage in my opinion. -1 for you!
Kellen Jones was my favorite recruit of the 2011 class.. and I live in Oklahoma City.. and I dislike OU quite substantially... This hurts.
It's innocent until proven guilty. I'm not about to crucify him until it's not a rumour and it's a proven fact.
Are charges being pressed etc? I mean, if the guy's been charged (he would have to have been charged by now, right?) then I find it amazing Oklahoma would take him. If he's not going to be charged and this is all being handled internally then that's a bit frustrating.
The kid is homesick, its kindof obvious since he went to Oklahoma, which is very close to home. I wish him luck at that school and would like to see him achieve.
Kellen Jones was falsely accused of some crap about assaulting a girl. The Coach didnt kick his off the team.. first and foremost the kid is from a great christian family and girls was the last thing on his mind going into College he is focused on classes and football. Is Michigan on any type of probation? Why in the world would OU the #1 rank team in the nation whos loaded at LB pick up a kid if he had issues. Because the coaches at Michigan knows the kid is innocent.. Look at all of you pointing fingers. This is Michigan's lose because Michigan was Mr. Jones first choice of school out of 20 offers. he dreamed of playing at the BIG HOUSE.. Kellen Jones is a great kid, class act and no street punk.
You confused bunch of IDIOTS!
How do rumors get started, they are started by the jealous people!