Freep Story on Austin Hatch.

Submitted by Fhshockey112002 on May 1st, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Ok, I know, I know... It's the Freep, but shouldn't stop you from reading about this inspirational story.  This young man continues to impress with his fight, and will to attend and play basketball for Michigan.  If ever, this kid is a Michigan Man.…



May 1st, 2012 at 10:26 AM ^

I didn't even look at the comments.  I stopped reading ESPN comments years ago.  Often they are a depressing indicator of how pathetic people can be, just cutting anyone or anything down with the great bravado they possess standing behind the anonymity of the internet.


May 1st, 2012 at 2:03 PM ^

Comments on pretty much any internet article are going to skew toward the crazy and offensive. It's not quite so bad here, but Mgoblog is the exception rather than the rule (and still quite far from perfect).

It is a truism that comments on website articles are produced by the angriest, most impulsive, most arrogant, and least intelligent representatives of any group or viewpoint.


May 1st, 2012 at 10:04 AM ^

pulling for you buddy.  Good luck!

Good thing Drew Sharp didn't write this article, I'm sure he would've found some way to F it up, just like everything else he touches.


May 1st, 2012 at 10:29 AM ^

Not sure you could find a more remakable high schooler.  Even if he never plays a second for UM he will always be one of my favorite UM student-athletes- and he isn't even out of high school!

To go through what he has- and to have what has up to now been an amazing recovery- and to have his outlook it is amazing to think he may just be able to play on what could be some terrific teams.

Also makes you feel good that Beilein has apparently done an amazing job as well.  It's nice that if you take away the X's and O's he's still one hell of a guy.


May 1st, 2012 at 10:35 AM ^

This kid has gone through more hell in 17 years than most people do in a lifetime. 

Of course it would be great if he can play basketball again.  But I really don't care.  I just hope he can come to Michigan and find some way to start putting all of this tragedy behind him.  I mean, he will never put it behind him for real, but college gives him a chance to start building a new life for himself that maybe he can separate from the life that he lost.

Even if he never gets on the court, just surviving what he went though and still being able to come to Michigan will be a great accomplishment. 


May 1st, 2012 at 10:50 AM ^

I hope to be one of the many involved in the standing ovation the first time Austin takes the court for Michigan. He's been through more tragedy in his life than many ever experience, and to see that he is adamant about getting back to form and playing for the Wolverines in the face of so much loss is simply remarkable. Seeing that he gets great support for his dream from the basketball staff speaks to their character too - proof that awesome things can happen when you have the right people, even if is just a head coach trying to make sure a commit realizes a dream in the face of such personal adversity.


May 1st, 2012 at 1:57 PM ^

Such a sad story, yet so full of hope.  Like many of you, I have followed this story since the crash and am amazed at his progress.  While we can never replace his family, we have about a half a million Wolverines who will always be there for him.

El Fuego

May 1st, 2012 at 11:54 AM ^

If not everybody in Crisler gives Austin a standing ovation when he steps onto the court, I will be terribly sad.

EDIT: Meant to be a reply to ish's comment


May 1st, 2012 at 12:22 PM ^

Thought of posting this myself, but glad to defer to you. Wonderful article.

It's interesting that Hatch attributes much of his progress in healing to his "passionate Christian faith." I don't know about the personal lives of the team members, and I guess I'd just assume that there is the normal mix of guys you'd find anywhere. Having said that, there have been several allusions to faith in the press. Trey Burke makes his own faith pretty clear with his tattoo. In fact, I think it was someone at Trey's church who saw him at worship who broke the news that he would return to Michigan. Beilein has subtly referred to his own faith as well.

The faith life of Burke, Hatch, Beilein and others is pretty irrelevant to the success of the team. Michigan will do well if they have talented players and coaches who put in the work, regardless of what they believe or don't believe. Likewise, Michigan will do poorly on the court without the right mix of talent and work. And yet, these comments on faith are often a good indicator of strong character.


May 1st, 2012 at 1:59 PM ^

Austin's faith in God can be a crucial part of his continued recovery and growth toward becoming a thriving adult. It will help him deal with the unimaginable grief he must cope with as well (even if he were unhurt, losing every member of your immediate family in two crashes is as horrible as anything I've heard of).

It won't win any basketball games, but thats kind of besides the point. I have no idea if he will ever be able to play competitively again, but he'll look good in Michigan gear as whatever he becomes.


May 1st, 2012 at 12:58 PM ^

1) Terrific kid. Glad to hear he's feeling confident.

2) Nice article. Despite the shitty reader-comments.

3) Refreshing see that this thread didn't devolve into another anti-Freep shitstorm. It's history.


May 1st, 2012 at 8:41 PM ^

I can't imagine the anxiety he will endure when asked to board a plane for the first trip the team makes. I hope God is with him. He has been through enough. No one should lose that much in life at his age. Life has got to get better for a young man who has sacrificed so much.


May 1st, 2012 at 11:32 PM ^

I believe that Astin's father had achieved what he was supposed to in life, helping prepare Austin to follow his dreams and succeed where he may not have, and it was time for him to be reunited with his family. Austin has much more story to tell before he joins them as well someday. That's what I believe.

Looking forward to seeing you on the court, Austin.