Around 11:45 p.m. EST, Michigan backup quarterback Tate Forcier took to his family's Twitter account (confirmed by others) and made it clear that he is going to transfer from UM and play the rest of his career elsewhere.
For the half-hour that followed his initial tweet, Forcier spelled out his reasoning and intentions for wanting to transfer. Here are his tweets in order of appearance:
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.
Forcier's status with the Wolverines has been in question since Rich Rodriguez was fired. Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said that quarterback Tate Forcier was no longer with the program on January 12th. On January 13th, his father told reporters that Tate wanted to return to the university if he was wanted. Instead, Forcier seems to have received no assurances from Brady Hoke and the new regime at UM, hence the desire to transfer and play elsewhere.
Head on over to Maize n Brew for some reaction to the announcement.