It was announced on Wednesday that Tate Forcier had decided to transfer to Miami after leaving Michigan. He had been planning on visiting up to five schools during his re-recruitment, but I guess the visit to Coral Gables was all Forcier needed to come to a decision. Though when asked about it afterward, Forcier implied it was a decision he never wanted to have to make.
In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, Forcier says that he never wanted to leave Michigan, but that Michigan AD Dave Brandon didn’t seem all that interested in keeping him around.
“I felt like things could have been handled better,” Forcier told the paper. “Dave Brandon made his mind up. We tried hard (to stay). I took care of my incompletes. I needed a certain amount of credits. The incompletes, I took care of those. Dave Brandon still wouldn’t let me stay. He refused to even meet with us. That’s his decision; we really didn’t want to fight it. That was his decision, that’s the head guy. I didn’t want to challenge him. I’m not going to win something like that with somebody as high up as he was. When he did that, it was time to turn a new chapter.
“The crazy thing is I never wanted to leave. I love everything about Michigan, I always will. I hope they do well, I wish the best for those guys, a lot of them are still friends. I hope (new coach Brady) Hoke can change the program around. I’ve been a Michigan fan since I was a little kid. I wish them the best of luck. I wish I could be there, helping them out and moving forward.”
Although that’s not the story Dave Brandon is telling. Brandon told the Free Press that the Forcier’s wanted to meet with him when he wasn’t available for a meeting — perhaps he was searching for a new coach at the time — but he made it clear to the family that he’d like to reschedule. Assistant AD Brian Townsend even met with the Forcier’s to relay the message as well, but the Forciers never rescheduled, Tate decided to transfer, and now he’s a Miami Hurricane.