FWIW, there were rumors that Rocko Khoury was sort of squeezed out the door last year. I think this off-season will perhaps give us further evidence of what this coaching staff's approach is to guys who aren't contributing. Right now it's too early to tell, though.
Michigan can take up to 7 more players in this class per Sam Webb
But Khoury had completed four years and had his degree, correct? That's common. Same thing happened with Terrence Robinson. Denying a fifth year is accepted everywhere, but getting "squeezed" after less than four years on campus is a different story.
I did not hear that Terrence Robinson was squeezed out the door. From what I heard, he was just mentally ready take his degree and move on.
Yes, Khoury had completed his degree.
Magnus, can you elaborate any further on these rumors?
It's nothing particularly insidious. I just heard that the coaches told Khoury that he would be sitting on the bench again in 2012, and they thought he would be better off moving on from football.
Bell wasn't invited to practice due to roster limits...that is some evidence... though that has not happened with students the current staff recruited.
I'm sure it's the players and not the coaches making the decisions to head elsewhere. Otherwise, guys like Mike Jones and Brandin Hawthorne and probably a handful of other kids would be gone already. The coaches don't have to give a kid a 5th year, but they'll let a kid stay for four if he wants to. Guys like Hopkins and Miller felt there was a better situation for them elsewhere, as many kids do at most schools every year.
Some kids (like Jones and Hawthorne) stick it out at Michigan because being there is more important than PT. Others feel they can get the most out of their college experience by transferring somewhere they can play. I don't blame them in either instance.
insight. I am sure the coaches "do right by the kids" as much as possible.
Getting guys to see the reality of no playing time and their subsequent exit is usually best for the kid and the team. Many former players are playing a lot elsewhere.
They HAVE to give a kid four years, as long as he stays eligible. Signing on the dotted line goes both ways.
Michigan and several other schools just adopted the 4-year guarantee for NSD in Feb. I don't believe UM made it retroactive to prior classes. Freely correct if wrong.
Most schools still offer only 1-year schollies and some schools push out kids (my neighbor's kid here in Atlanta was told to declare his boo boo as career-ending or find a new SEC school).
PLEASE DENARD DON'T LEAVE SO EARLY
Doesn't it kind of screw up future classes when you take 29 players in one year? Shouldn't they ease their way back to full strength instead of doing it with one class?
having these extra scholarships is the coaching staff can bank them if next year looks promising with players/needs or if they have some player/needs in this class they can use them up, good problem to have.
All of the offerees are very capable of contributing (ie, we're not signing marginal guys) and 2014 class has minimal traction (ie, 5 stars are not clamoring for a spot). Those unused schollies just go to walk-ons for a year to meet 85 requirement.
There will be attrition before 2014, not to mention guys denied a 5th year, so plenty of spots for elite kids in 2014 and 2013 kids can redshirt
Roster needs bolstering as soon as possible with the thin talent from 2010 and 2011.