Saturday, June 7, 2008

Rodriguez Makes Unusual Scholarship Offer

Michigan made a scholarship offer to a Quarterback from South Carolina. No news there. The news comes because Cornelius Jones is a Junior at Spartanburg High School and has YET TO PLAY A DOWN of high school football. Jones's coach sent a five minute highlight tape from a scrimmage to Rodriguez and after seeing it, Rodriguez immediately made an offer to the 6'3 185 lb QB.

Even Jones wasn't expecting the offer, “I was shocked,” he said in response to the quick offer.

Jones has been kicked off the team and out of school the past few years due to disciplinary issues, but has been given a second chance and hopes to make the most of it

Spartanburg plans to run a similar spread-style offense to that of the Wolverines under Rodriguez. Apparently Rodriguez saw enough from a five minute video to offer a full ride to a guy who has never taken a snap in a real game. A guy who wasn't even in school this spring and missed the last few seasons due to off-field incidents. A guy who Rodriguez hasn't even talked to, let alone met in person.

Step back and think about it. The University of Michigan is an academic institution, and a pretty good one at that. Here they are offering a full ride to a kid who wasn't even going to school this past semester!

10 comments:

Kyle Wolfe said...

I think the fans and supporters of Michigan football will turn their eyes away from things like this if it is accompanied by success on the field. I for one believe that winning should not be the goal of our athletic department, however contradictory that sounds to Michigan tradition. Winning is often a by-product of hard work and good teamwork.

Matt Boyer said...

Anyone know if this video is available online?

Anonymous said...

Wow michigan will take anybody these days.

Anonymous said...

I don't like where this is going...sigh. - G.H. UM'90

paulc said...

Hope you all enjoy that sleazebag of a coach you hired!

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Anonymous said...

I believe the Michigan coach is left handed and speaking of scholarships there are left handed scholarships that colleges are handing out for being left handed. Not many exist but a few do. Maybe the Michigan coach can sponsor his own scholarship for left handed people! I think this would be a cool thing to do, especially for the good publicity factor anyways.