Last week a little rumor about Tate Forcier not starting against Wisconsin turned into a big story that was all for naught. Forcier ended up starting, and although Denard Robinson was technically in the starting lineup as well, he wasn’t at quarterback. All week people, myself included, gossiped about why Forcier wasn’t going to start, and that rumor became its own story. Somehow all of this morphed into a separate rumor that Forcier was planning on transferring after getting into it with Rich Rodriguez, which also turned out to be false.
Let’s start with what actually led to the rumor about Forcier getting benched and why he actually got into an argument with Rodriguez.
Forcier said he didn’t expect to start Saturday after he missed study table earlier in the week, and he and Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez got into a disagreement over “practice.”
The misunderstanding was resolved, Forcier said, and he made up his missed academic time.
“What happened, happened,” Forcier said. Fellow freshman quarterback Denard Robinson “took a lot of reps throughout the week. I actually expected him to start, but Coach Rod threw me out there, and I made the most of it.
“We just got into a little bit of an argument, but me and Coach Rod are fine. Me and all the coaches are actually fine.”
The origin over the rumor of Forcier not starting actually was probably Forcier himself for what he said on Facebook. It took on a life of its own from there, though, and many people started throwing around the possibility that Forcier was going to transfer based only on a status message about how he had a terrible day. Yeah, not so much.
From Pat Forde’s Twitter page:
Just got the definitive answer to Tate Forcier transfer rumors: “No!” That’s a text from Tate.
Tate Forcier’s dad on transfer rumors: “ludicrous.” He said, “I’m not a fan of transferring. It didn’t serve us very well before.”
“We like the coaches,” Forcier’s dad told me today. “
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s address some other rumors that have been spreading lately.
A popular one in recent weeks has been that Devin Gardner is going to decommit from Michigan and go to Florida instead. Is there any truth to that? Once again, not so much.
QB Devin Gardner told me tonight that the Florida rumors going around are not true. Everyone take a collective sigh of relief.
In case you still aren’t convinced, there is a story in the Sporting News about how Gardner is still solid with Michigan.
The last major rumor out there is the biggest one of all: Rich Rodriguez is going to be fired. Michael Wilbon is just one of the people out there spreading this rumor, which seems odd considering both the athletic director and president have come out and put their support behind Rodriguez. Sure, people have come out and supported coaches right before they fired them, but it’s a different situation at Michigan. The only way I can see Rodriguez being fired after this season is if the NCAA investigation turns up serious violations, which doesn’t exactly seem likely based on the nature of the allegations. Further, somebody like Michael Wilbon is not going to know if Rodriguez is going to be fired at the end of the season. It’s not like there is a Fort Schembechler anymore, especially with the athletic department leaking stuff out, but something like a firing in this context isn’t going to be picked up by someone like Wilbon first. If anything, people would find out about it from a status update on Facebook. Besides, as we learned during the coaching search, it’s tough to trust anybody affiliated with ESPN.