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Tate Forcier announces transfer on Twitter

Posted on: January 20, 2011 2:12 am
Edited on: January 20, 2011 2:18 am

Posted by Adam Jacobi

One of the more remarkable aspects of Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier has been his family's reliance (and one might even say insistence) on using the Internet to document his (and his brothers') journey to college football and, perhaps, beyond. isn't exactly the world's slickest website, but it's been enough for the Forciers to show off recruitment letters as well as offer their opinions on quarterbacking and life. Their tone might be off-putting to some, but extraordinary self-confidence is just as important to a quarterback's play as any technique, so in a family full of quarterbacks, well, this'll happen.

At any rate, Tate Forcier's season at Michigan didn't exactly go smoothly; he was passed over by Denard Robinson for the starting role at the beginning of the season after several remarks by players questioning his toughness, and he wasn't always the first quarterback off the bench when Robinson would leave a game, much to Forcier's chagrin. Forcier eventually settled into a second-string role and was fine at it, but then he was declared academically ineligible before the Gator Bowl and didn't enroll for classes at Michigan in the spring semester. That, then, appeared to be that.

So despite last week's report that he still wanted to play at Michigan, Forcier announced today that he intended to transfer. But since this is the Forcier family we're talking about, he did it online. On Twitter, to be precise. An entire press release, tweeted sentence by sentence. We've condensed the series of tweets into paragraph form, but if readers are interested in experiencing the release the way Twitter readers did, they should read a sentence, wait two minutes, read another sentence, wait two more minutes, and repeat the process until finished and/or the boss gets angry. And yes, he tweeted the header too.

-Immediate Press/Sports Release: January 20, 2011- Robert “Tate” Forcier University Of Michigan Sophomore Quarterback

Why do we all wait until we are at our lowest point to seek God's help? I've been kicked, pushed, knocked down, publicly berated, belittled, emasculated and more. There are plenty of legitimate reasons to give up or feel the victim. The humility of it all is indescribable and that is exactly my point. I had to reach rock bottom in order to see the light, and for that, I am thankful. It was not until then, I realized that it was my lack of accountability and maturity and not to pass blame.

I do hope all my young fans forgive me and benefit from my lessons that I have learned. Be grateful for what you have and be humble for your successes. Don't wait to ask God into your life as he will help you see things clearer. In summary, I believe, I will become a better student and a person of stronger character from these experiences at Michigan.

I can proudly state, "I worked hard on the practice field, in the film room and at meetings," after all, football is my passion. I had fun celebrating with the fans. I even competed hard while injured as a true freshman through the last (8) games in 2009, but I always played the game giving it my all. I am proud to have been part of Michigan Football history and will always cherish the memory.

The last few weeks I worked extremely hard to catch back up. I really wanted to stay. I was not giving up on Michigan, but in the end, it was made clear they had given up on me. With that being said, its time for me to go. I promise the Michigan family and fans I will make you proud again.

Tate Forcier #5 - A Michigan Man Forever - Go Blue

For the record, the tweets were all typed impeccably and the only edits were the punctuation around the quotation marks and paragraph breaks. That seems like an odd thing to assert unless you read hundreds of athletes' tweets every day. Which we do.

More to the point, Forcier appears contrite and doesn't burn any bridges at Michigan. Sure, the "they have given up on me" line may not fly well, but being that Forcier didn't even enroll at Michigan for the second semester, new coach Brady Hoke and the Wolverines essentially had no choice. It seems like all parties involved recognize that fact, though, so it would be erroneous to assume any discord being sown by this announcement. Forcier was just saying goodbye the only way he knows how: on the Internet.


Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2011 10:44 am

Tate Forcier announces transfer on Twitter

Your number 1 problem ........YOU NEED TO GROW UP!.YOUR GRADES WERE POOR ALSO1

Since: Mar 29, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2011 10:44 am

Tate Forcier announces transfer on Twitter

Greg Robinson is a chump,  Maybe Pasquabaloney can use Robinson and Tate @ UCONN

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2011 9:44 am

Tate Forcier announces transfer on Twitter

From my Buckeye perspective, I will miss Forcier in the same way I will miss Rich-Rod.  From a Wolverine standpoint, losing them is probably addition through subtraction.  I agree with the long haul, hiring Greg Mattison will have a huge impact on the program.  As a Buckeye, Mattison is cause for concern.  Probably too much re-tooling to do in order to allow scUM to compete for the Big Ten title this coming season, but look out in 2 years.

Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2011 8:50 am

Tate Forcier announces transfer on Twitter

Go back to Palomar or Grossmont where you should have been the whole time.  The whole clan is a bunch of overrated bums.

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2011 2:50 am

UM Hires Mattison

A much bigger story from two days ago is UM hiring Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, widely considered one of the top defensive coordinators in all of football.  While Charlie Weis going to Florida was a top headline, this hire didnt seem to register at all.  Typical.  Offensive hires are always more sexy.  But defense wins championships.  Great hire.  Oh, and good luck Tate.  It was fun watching you in the maize and blue.

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2011 2:10 am

Tate Forcier announces transfer on Twitter

And Sean Canfield is a good QB.  Doesn't he back-up for the Bills now or something?  He's a better QB than any of the Forciers.  God, they are annoying.

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2011 2:08 am

Tate Forcier announces transfer on Twitter

Haha, thanks for the notice manboobs.  Did you read that family bio?  I couldn't get throught it. 

Since: Apr 16, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2011 12:53 am

Tate Forcier announces transfer on Twitter

Tate was the guy that came in when Denard got a boo boo. 

Since: Apr 19, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2011 11:13 pm

Tate Forcier announces transfer on Twitter

Good luck Tate and best wishes! It didnt work out for many reasons however you did have some shining moments. I wish you well on the field but more importantly I hope you pull your academics together. A free ride to a major University will only carry you as far as you carry yourself.

On the bright side, one less Rich Rod recruit to weed out. Obviously Denard is the better player and QB with Gardner in the wings. Also helps with the loss of scholarships due to practice time. With only 10 committed in 2011 so far rebuild just got a bit easier. Hopefully Hoke and Mattison will fill a defensive void.

Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2011 11:02 pm

Tate Forcier announces transfer on Twitter

I stopped paying attention after week 3 of the 2009 season, but I assume Tate DID become the only freshman to win the Heisman. This makes his fall from grace that much more perplexing.

The spelling of Joe "Patereno" on his website's inspirational quote, however, does explain some of his academic issues.

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