February 5th, 2013 at 12:36 AM ^

Oh that makes sense so Michigan has 27 open roster spots? So when Jeremy Clarke originally committed to Michigan he wasn't under the impression he was going to grey shirt? As far as medical hardships go are you a MD? Did you check each player out? is it possible a 18-22 year old kid could not accept the fact that he may never be 100 pct healthy again?

Son of Lloyd Brady

February 5th, 2013 at 7:44 AM ^

My rebuttal:

1. 27 open roster spots - attrition happens, its part of college football. Players want to get time on the field, when they don't they find somewhere that they can play.

2. Jeremy Clark greyshirt - Hoke offered him a greyshirt first, Clarke accepted it fully knowing what he was doing (and then was rewarded with a full scholarship later), this is totally different from telling a recruit they have a full scholarship, then when they get on campus telling them they either have to greyshirt or leave. This is a common theme among some coaches in the SEC, namely Saban and Miles. Link, Link2.

3. Medical Scholarships - It is also well known that Nick Saban loves to use medical scholarships. Link1, Link2. (Got ya on the medical scholarships with a WSJ and an SI article, how ya like them apples?)

Mr Miggle

February 5th, 2013 at 7:20 AM ^

Just wondering who else would make such a stupid defense of Alabama's unprecendented and unmatched use of the medical hardship rule without being even a tiny bit suspicious. If you want to use our players as examples, you might want to learn how to spell their names. Clark isn't that difficult. What was the point of that example - that Michigan's coaches were upfront with a recruit and his family early in the recruiting process? Just because you can't count 27 open roster spots does not mean they don't exist. I think that's exactly how many we have if one player is not invited back for his fifth season. That's not allowing for the blindingly obvious fact that the coaches know a lot more about their players' plans than we do. 


February 5th, 2013 at 7:49 AM ^

management crosses the ethics line. Heck, the SEC's new 1-class size limits were adopted to stop many of these tactics and Saban was the most vocal opponent.

On the recruiting side, though, his ability to deliver the #1 class almost every year is impressive. His main competitors (Ole Miss, Auburn, FSU) use even shadier tactics. It takes a lot of talent to run his NFL schemes and he relentlessly recruits those kids.

Talent and ethics of a minor league NFL program ...

Bo Knows

February 4th, 2013 at 11:26 PM ^

Of his three finalists I thought they were the least likely.  He seemed to like the fact that Georgia wanted him to be their new Jarvis Jones, and he already had Auburn ink.  Now he chooses the school whose biggest rival's logo is permanently on his body.  The dude certainly isn't the brightest crayon in the box...

Perkis-Size Me

February 4th, 2013 at 11:31 PM ^

There's no way in hell he will ever set foot on that field unless he removes that tattoo. And even then, something tells me he'll be a bit of a team pariah until he shows that he belongs.


February 5th, 2013 at 8:48 AM ^

There are a couple stories about how the Auburn tattoo sort of took on a different meaning for Foster, at least in his own words. (LINK). This is an older story, written just after he had decommitted from Auburn, but it discusses this part of the mystery anyway.

 According to the report, he tweeted back in December that the tattoo would not be removed in honor of his cousin - former Auburn football player Ladarious Phillips - who was killed in a shooting near Auburn's campus. Definitely not the reason he got the tattoo in the first place, but this is his reason for keeping it now.

Real Tackles Wear 77

February 4th, 2013 at 11:37 PM ^

This kid seems to scream highest risk, highest reward. I wouldn't be surprised if he is an all-American and a high 1st-round pick in 2016 and I'd be equally unsurprised if he never plays a down at Bama (or wherever he signs). 


February 4th, 2013 at 11:40 PM ^

It probably didn't help that Auburn's center called him the N word on his offical visit this weekend.  He left early because he was so pissed off.

Mr. Yost

February 5th, 2013 at 8:17 AM ^

Really should just break away from the NCAA and play in its own league.

No one EVER deserves to be called that word, but I can only imagine what Foster was doing to spark the situation so much that it was said and then not even apologized for.

This kind of stuff is SICK. And what's sad is grown men don't even try to stop or control it.

I can't imagine this is the last time we hear from Mr. Foster.


February 5th, 2013 at 9:24 AM ^

and that Poggi will make the entire Michigan fanbase feel like Jerry Maguire tomorrow.  Someone get the clip ready of Rod Tidwell mocking Maguire on the plane ride back from the NFL draft immediately after he lost Cush and Avery, just in case. 

At least the bright side is that Poggi's talent level/expectations are much more in line with Tidwell than Cush, so we'll have that going for us if he bails.