ANN ARBOR MI - SEPTEMBER 25: Tate Forcier #5 of the Michigan Wolverines warms up during the second quarter of the game against Bowling Green on September 25 2010 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Former Michigan QB Tate Forcier Cut By CFL Team After 33 Days

One-time Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier is continuing his football career in the CFL.

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Ex-Michigan Quarterback Tate Forcier Released By CFL Team

If you blinked once you probably missed it. After being under contract by the Canadian Football League's Hamilton Tiger-Cats for exactly 33 days, former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier was released by the team on Friday morning and is now forced to once again ponder his future as an athlete.

Aside from the fact that the Tiger-Cats made their first exhibition appearance on Wednesday and are still preparing for the start of their 2012 campaign, Forcier managed to toss an interception on just four pass attempts in his brief stint on the field. His dual-threat ability (he ran for seven yards on a single attempt) clearly wasn't enough to impress the coaching staff in the end either, as his small frame and inconsistent arm were each clearly working against him from the beginning.

Likely to be the No. 4 quarterback behind a list of names that included onetime Central Michigan touchdown machine Dan LeFevour, Forcier is now rapidly running out of suitors for his services as a compensated quarterback. His unorthodox style of playing the position seemed to be tailor-made for the CFL's game, but now there are serious questions about whether he'll ever get another shot to play professional football.

For more on Forcier's next move, stay with this StoryStream. For more Michigan football coverage, head over to Maize n Brew. And for more college football news and analysis, be sure to visit SB Nation's NCAA football hub.

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Former Michigan Quarterback Tate Forcier Signs 3-Year CFL Contract

All of his training sessions with NFL veteran Jeff Garcia appear to have paid off, as former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier announced that he officially signed a deal to play professional football in Canada for the next three years. The Associated Press' Larry Lage confirmed the report:

Once one of the most beloved figures on campus (albeit not for very long), there was a time when Forcier appeared to have legitimate NFL potential despite his lack of size and questionable arm strength. His disjointed college career certainly didn't do him any favors though, and he was never able to get on the field after transferring to San Jose State due to academic concerns.

Forcier's choice in a mentor is also intriguing, if only because Garcia made a career as a scrambling, non-traditional quarterback who also lacked elite arm strength. The parallels between the two players at this same point in their respective careers is impossible to ignore, meaning that Tate will definitely have a helpful voice of wisdom in his ear as he transitions to the pro game.

It is expected that he'll slot in as a backup or third-stringer until he proves himself, but a dual threat like Forcier could certainly find a home in the CFL, so it will be interesting to see how he performs when/if he gets on the field.

For more on Michigan football, head over to Maize N Brew.

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Report: Tate Forcier Leaves San Jose State

It’s been almost a year since Tate Forcier left the University of Michigan to try this football thing elsewhere. So we might be reaching the point where it’s no longer a “Michigan-related” story.

But the former Wolverines quarterback is on the move yet again, after withdrawing from classes at San Jose State. According to the San Jose Mercury News’ Jon Wilner, academics were a factor in his decision to leave.

Forcier still apparently hasn’t figured out colleges don’t let you do the football thing if you don’t do the school thing, as well. Failure to complete his course work was reportedly a reason for his benching and eventual departure from Michigan.

So what now for the nomadic Forcier? After leaving Michigan, he had a list of nine schools he was considering a transfer to. That list was eventually whittled down to five, four of which were FBS (Division I-A) programs.

Forcier actually chose to go to Miami initially, but changed his mind three months later for “personal reasons,” believed to be a desire to play closer to his California home.

The FCS program Forcier considered was Montana, which seems a likely next destination if he wants to play again soon. Yet Forcier was set to be the starter at San Jose State next season, so playing time or placement on the depth chart wasn’t an issue. If he’s not going to do what’s necessary to stay eligible, it won’t matter where he goes because he won’t be allowed to play.

Thus continues what’s becoming an increasingly sad story. It’s easy to snicker at Forcier leaving yet another school, but there may be larger issues to consider here. Last May, Forcier was involved in an incident that ended with a call to police and a trip to the hospital.

It’s difficult to believe that a career that started out with so much promise and acclaim at Michigan has now come to this. But that 2009 season feels like a long time ago.

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Tate Forcier Decides On San Jose State As New School

Former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier is officially transferring to San Jose State. Forcier decided on San Jose State after visiting the school earlier this week.

"It felt right," Forcier said. "I loved the coaches and felt comfortable with them. I really believe I can help that team and I'm going to do everything I possibly can to help them."

After leaving the University of Michigan, Forcier originally planned to transfer to Miami (FL). Those plans fell through, however, and Forcier had been on the search for a new school for the last two months. Auburn was once mentioned as a possibility, as was Montana, San Diego State and Hawaii. In the end, Forcier decided to become a Spartan -- a San Jose State Spartan, that is.

Forcier will have to sit out the 2011 season as part of transferring. He will be able to play starting in 2012 and will have two years of eligibility left.

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The Tate Forcier 'Pick A School' Tour Begins Anew

It’s been almost two weeks since former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier announced that he would not be transferring to the University of Miami, as originally planned.

On Tuesday, Forcier talked to ESPN’s Joe Schad, who had become an unofficial spokesperson for the quarterback as he decided where he would play football next. During their chat, he explained what exactly convinced him that Coral Gables wasn’t the best place for him. Apparently, Forcier finally looked at a map and realized Florida is a long way from California.

From ESPN.com:

“I just didn’t feel comfortable and wanted to be closer to home,” Forcier said. “Miami is completely on the other side of the country. It would have been fun playing there. But I just wanted to be closer so my parents can afford to come to the games.”

Perhaps the impulsiveness of Forcier’s decision finally dawned on him. Originally, he was set to visit five schools, including Kansas State, Washington, Arizona and Montana. Miami was believed to be the first stop on his tour, and Forcier quickly decided that’s where he wanted to transfer. It’s not known if he got around to visiting the other programs.

According to Schad, Forcier has drawn up a new list of possible transfer destinations. Kansas State and Montana (where he’s long been rumored to end up) are still on his list. The other programs he’s looking at are mostly California schools, including USC and his hometown University of San Diego and San Diego State.

Forcier is also interested in Auburn. That’s probably an astute choice, since the Tigers just won the national championship. But Forcier may also want to consult a map, since Auburn is about 2,000 miles away from San Diego. It’s approximately 800 miles closer than Miami, but would still be quite a trip for his parents to make every football Saturday.

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Tate Forcier Not Transferring To Miami After All

After it became obvious that Michigan wasn't all that interested in keeping Tate Forcier after he had grade issues in the fall 2010 semester, the decision to transfer was made. Forcier had five schools on his final list, and he ultimately chose Miami (FL). The reason Forcier chose Miami was that it "had the best opportunity" and there was a lot of "positive energy" with new head coach Al Golden.

Fast forward to now and Forcier is not going to Miami, according to ESPN.com's Heather Dinich. Forcier's reasoning to not make the move to Miami is "because of personal reasons," and the report later states that this was a family decision.

Immediately there was speculation that Forcier wasn't going to transfer because Miami just got a transfer from former Memphis QB Ryan Williams. Both ESPN and the Miami Herald report that Forcier's decision was made before Williams decided to join Miami, though.

As of right now it's not clear where Forcier will end up, but perhaps it will be one of the other schools on his original list of possible destinations.

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Tate Forcier On Michigan: 'I Never Wanted To Leave'

Former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier, who announced on Wednesday that he’s transferring to Miami, spoke with the Detroit Free Press about leaving Ann Arbor. Saying he “never wanted to leave,” Forcier believes Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon is ultimately the reason for his transfer.

From Freep.com:

“I felt like things could have been handled better. (Athletic director) 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."

However, Brandon denies Forcier’s account of the proceedings. In a separate story, he told the Freep (through associate athletic director Dave Ablauf) that Forcier and his family wanted to meet at a time when Brandon wasn’t available. (Maybe while Brandon was trying to hire a new head football coach?)

But Brandon wanted to reschedule and that message was relayed to the Forciers personally by assistant athletic director Brian Townsend. Yet the Forciers never followed up to schedule another meeting.

In his interview with the Freep’s Mark Snyder, Forcier also confirmed that he only visited Miami, making his decision to join the Hurricanes before checking out the other four schools on his list. Other topics discussed include his new coach, Al Golden, and a conversation he had with former Michigan quarterbacks coach Rod Smith.

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Former Michigan QB Tate Forcier Transferring To Miami

Tate Forcier is taking his talents to South Beach.

(I apologize for that. Too easy. Hey, sometimes news puts a headline or lede up on a tee. We have to take a swing. There it is. And I was doing so well with not writing “taking his talents to…” in any blog post. We’ll try to do better the next time.)

The former Michigan quarterback will be transferring to the University of Miami, as reported first by the Palm Beach Post. The Hurricanes were on a list of five programs Forcier was considering.

ESPN’s Joe Schad has been Forcier’s contact in the media throughout the process of leaving Michigan and deciding on a new school. So as you’d expect, he’s the one who got a quote from Forcier. (It was either Schad or a multi-post announcement on Twitter.)

From ESPN.com:

“Miami had the best opportunity,” Forcier told ESPN. “There is so much positive energy around this program and I really want to be apart of it. I love these coaches an feel like they are the right guys for me. I had a great visit and I really want to be a part of the rebirth at Miami.”

Forcier said he planned to visit each of the five potential destinations this week. Miami was believed to be the first stop on his tour. But it’s not known if Forcier got around to visiting the other four schools, reported to be Kansas State, Arizona, Washington and Montana.

By transferring to another FBS (Division I-A), Forcier will have to sit out the 2011 season, as per NCAA rules. He will have two years of eligibility beginning in 2012.

Forcier left the Michigan football program after being ruled ineligible for the Gator Bowl and was sent home before the game. He did not enroll in classes for the winter semester and soon announced his departure via Twitter.

The San Diego native ends his Michigan career with 2,647 yards passing, 17 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions. He also rushed for 291 yards and four touchdowns. Forcier started 12 games as a freshman, but lost his job to Denard Robinson as a sophomore, appearing in only eight games.

Against Bowling Green last season, Forcier set a school record for highest completion percentage with a minimum 10 passes thrown, going 12-for-12 for 110 yards and one touchdown.

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Tate Forcier Announces Departure From Michigan On Twitter

Quarterback Tate Forcier has left the University of Michigan, according to a series of postings on his family's Twitter page late Wednesday night. Forcier was rumored to be on his way out of the program after being declared ineligible for the Gator Bowl and being sent home during the trip. Forcier's father made it clear that his son wanted to stay at Michigan, but some things needed to be taken care of for that to happen. Evidently things didn't work out, as Forcier's time at Michigan is apparently over.

Below are the tweets about this news (presented in the form of a press release) that were posted by Tate Forcier over a 30 minute time frame beginning shortly before midnight.

-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

As the Michigan Daily's Nicole Auerbach said on Twitter, "the only way Tate Forcier could leave Michigan was with the world's first live-tweeted press release." It really was a fitting ending to a drama-filled two years.

While all of this drama and how he went about breaking the news may seem odd, it's not if you're familiar with the Forcier family. After all, when Chris Forcier, one of Tate's older brothers, transferred from UCLA to Furman, his family sent out a press release that included a "statement of facts," which basically served the purpose of talking up his accolades both on and off the field.

Chris Forcier's press release was bizarre, to say the least, but it was typical of the Forcier family, who have a website dedicated to Chris, Tate and Jason. Jason is the oldest of the three brothers and he also transferred during his career, leaving Michigan for Stanford. While his exit didn't include the drama of a press release and the circumstances were a bit different, the fact remains that all three of the Forciers will have transferred at one point during their careers once Tate finds a new school to attend. (Jason Forcier actually transferred back to Michigan to attend graduate school for Tate's freshman year, but he was not granted immediate eligibility and therefore was unable to rejoin the football team.)

Based on Tate Forcier's time at Michigan, it's no surprise that it came to an end with a dramatic press release where he contradicts himself. In the release he admits he wasn't accountable for his actions and only recently came to the realization that he shouldn't pass blame on others, but later he says that Michigan gave up on him. He claims that he didn't give up on Michigan and wanted to stay, but then he proceeds to make Michigan responsible for his departure. So much for not passing the blame.

This seemingly contradictory statement isn't anything new for Forcier. In the week leading up to the Gator Bowl he was interviewed by The Detroit Free Press and was asked about academics. His response was this:

"I've never been the greatest student. My brothers were always the geniuses. I was always the kid who was street smart but not that smart classroom-wise. You really have to try to flunk out here. All you have to do is go to class, it's not that hard. I've always been an average student. I don't ever see myself being that smart of a student. I just feel like it's too much of a job being an athlete. It's too much of a job. You get some of these kids in engineering who are players on our team who have 4.0s, and I just look at them like, 'You must never sleep.' I feel like the work I have is a lot. I can only imagine what they have."

While Forcier admitted he was not a great student, he also made the comment that you have to really try to flunk out at Michigan, as simply going to class is enough to get by. Obviously this statement looked pretty foolish when only days later it came out that he was ineligible for the Gator Bowl because of academics. At that point it seemed like Forcier's time at Michigan was coming to an end, especially when it came out that he was not enrolled in classes for the winter term. Despite this, his dad made it sound as though his son only had to take care of some incompletes to clear up his academic status and eventually rejoin the school and perhaps even the football team.

"He has incompletes that need to be taken care of," Mike Forcier, who is in Ann Arbor, said Friday. "He's turned in everything and there is one more thing that needs to be improved -- a paper. It wasn't quite up to standards. When it's turned it, who knows? 

"I know he would like to stay (at Michigan). At the same time, you have to know if you're wanted. You have to gauge if the new staff wants you, too. You don't want to force a square peg down a round hole. If we sense they don't want Tate, we have to make a decision." 

The elder Forcier gave Tate an out with that last sentence, as it can now be spun that he left Michigan because the new coaching staff didn't want him rather than because of academic reasons. Obviously we don't know what happened for sure, but it's not too tough to connect the dots considering he was ineligible for the Gator Bowl. While I respect the fact that he apparently tried to work his way back after that issue popped up, I find it laughable that he seemingly tried to play the victim card in his press release by saying that Michigan didn't want him. As a fellow University of Michigan student I can respect the challenge of balancing time between academics and something that is time consuming (football for him; blogging for me), but at the end of the day he has only himself to blame for not putting in the amount of work required to stay at Michigan.

Let's not forget that Forcier was called out publicly by teammate Troy Woolfolk for his lack of work ethic last summer. Granted this was football related and didn't necessarily have to do with academics, but Forcier even had his wings taken off his helmet because Rich Rodriguez said he had to earn them. The wings were eventually returned, but while Forcier was apparently not putting in enough work, Denard Robinson was busy earning the starting job. After Robinson led Michigan to an impressive victory in the season opener against UConn, Forcier proclaimed, "All you need to know is I’m out."

Transfer rumors were nothing new for Forcier considering they popped up in August, but suddenly it looked like he was gone with Robinson entrenched as the starter. To Forcier's credit, his attitude changed following this episode and he decided to stay at Michigan, which was a good decision considering he saw quite a bit of playing time with Robinson banged up throughout the rest of the season. Forcier was committed to staying at Michigan beyond 2010, but as you already know he was ruled ineligible for the Gator Bowl, which was the beginning of the end for him. Now, regardless of what happened, his time in Ann Arbor is over.

As a Michigan fan I thank Forcier for what he did on the field the last two seasons at Michigan and I do wish him the best in the future. That said, acting like a drama queen about this situation by putting out a press release on Twitter was beyond unnecessary. All he needed to say was that he made some mistakes, loved his time at Michigan and that things unfortunately didn't work out, which is why he is leaving. Drawing it out over a half hour and being extra dramatic with sentences about how he hadn't given up on Michigan but they gave up on him was a very "look at me" type of move. Then again, I suppose that's what we should come expect from the Forciers by now.

While I applaud Tate Forcier for changing his attitude mid-season and contributing many great things to the Michigan football program the last two years, sometimes things just don't work out. Again, I wish him the best of luck in the future, but this whole situation, like many others during his time in Ann Arbor, could have been handled in a much better way. I suppose it doesn't matter now anyway, though.

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Tate Forcier's Dad Says Son Wants To Stay In Ann Arbor

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon dropped the bombshell that quarterback Tate Forcier was no longer with the team on Wednesday during Brady Hoke’s introductory press conference. Today, Forcier’s father spoke out about his son’s status with the school:

“I can tell you this — he didn’t fail his classes,” Mike Forcier said in the report. “I’m really not sure what’s going on. I just flew into Ann Arbor to figure everything out and see how we can get this whole thing resolved.”

Forcier is not currently enrolled at classes at Michigan. He was removed from the team before the Gator Bowl because of what the school deemed an “academic issue.”

Mike Forcier insisted his son wants to remain in Ann Arbor despite the struggles with the school. It would make sense too, as his son is set to gain the most from the recent hire of Hoke, who may be able to put the younger Forcier’s passing skills to use in his new offense.

“Tate wants to stay (at U-M),” Mike Forcier told TheWolverine. “I didn’t come with a moving van. Our intent is to do whatever is necessary for him to rejoin the team and become a student-athlete again. We haven’t talked to any other schools and we won’t until we’ve exhausted every resource here. But Tate wants to stay and we want him to stay.”

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Tate Forcier Not Enrolled In Classes At Michigan

When Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier was ruled ineligible for the Gator Bowl, his future with the program became questionable. Those concerns will only increase with a report in the Michigan Daily that Forcier did not enroll in classes for the Winter 2011 semester.

During the press conference to introduce new coach Brady Hoke, athletic director Dave Brandon confirmed that Forcier was not currently with the program.
Forcier had dealt with rumors that he might transfer to another school all season long, after not playing in Michigan’s season opener versus Connecticut. That followed a tumultous offseason in which he rankled coaches and teammates by not showing up for workouts and neglecting academics.

The add-drop deadline for students to enroll in classes at Michigan is January 25, which gives Forcier time to get back into school. Perhaps he was waiting to see how the coaching situation worked itself out before committing to return.

With Hoke now in place, and reports that he’ll bring offensive coordinator Al Borges along with him from San Diego State, Forcier would seemingly have a new opportunity to win back the starting quarterback job. Figuring out how best to utilize Robinson’s talents appears to be the priority, judging from remarks made at the Hoke press conference. But with Borges’ (and presumably Hoke’s) preference to run a pro-style (“West Coast offense”) system, Forcier’s more polished passing skills might give him an edge.

But if Forcier doesn’t return and Robinson ends up transferring, Devin Gardner would become the obvious favorite to be the starting quarterback next season. That would be the fourth consecutive season in which Michigan broke in a first-time starter under center.

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Tate Forcier On Possible Transfer: 'I'm Not Going To Leave'

Following last Saturday's game between Michigan and Bowling Green, Tate Forcier was asked about the rumors that had him set to transfer weeks ago. This was Forcier's response:

"A lot of people were saying I'm not staying here, but I'm still here," Forcier said. "I love Michigan and I love everything about it. I'm not going to leave. Not a chance."

Forcier definitely changed his attitude for the better after the first week of the season and seems as focused as ever now. That's great news for Michigan, because if Denard Robinson were to go down, they have an experienced backup who is ready to step in if needed. Most teams would be thrilled to have one starting-caliber quarterback, but Michigan has two experienced, starting-caliber quarterbacks. Heck, one could argue they have three considering Devin Gardner has played a decent amount this season.

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