It was reported earlier today that Southfield Running Back Matt Falcon had his football scholarship pulled to the University of Michigan. While Falcon’s football scholarship was pulled Michigan has offered him a medical and offered to pay for his Michigan degree.
Before folks start calling Harbaugh a bad guy for pulling the athletic scholarship, here is the back ground and why it happened. Michigan loved Matt Falcon, they loved his passion for the school, his athletic ability and his game, what they didn’t love was his decision to play football during his senior season at Southfield High School. Falcon was injured as a sophomore and a junior. He also injured his knee and ankle during a preseason scrimmage at Walled Lake Western.
Sources close to the situation tell me that the Michigan coaching staff advised Falcon to forego his senior year of football and rehab his knee before enrolling at Michigan in January to continue his progress under the direction of the Michigan athletic training staff. When Falcon and his family decided to play his senior year, the Michigan staff was not thrilled, two knee injuries in one year was a deal breaker for Michigan.
Following his second serious injury, the staff at Michigan became very concerned that Falcon would not be able to perform at the same level they had envisioned when they lured him to commit to the Wolverines. Michigan is going to have a HUGE class in terms of numbers and scholarships are at a premium, Falcon’s decision to rush his rehab and play his senior year are now having a adverse effect on his goal to be a Wolverine.
With the reemergence of Kareem Walker into the Michigan recruiting process, it makes Falcon the odd man out.
This isn’t Harbaugh and Company going “SEC” on Matt Falcon, this is a poor decision and its consequences. Michigan has to do what it has to do, with an 85 scholarship limit, they simply can’t take a flyer on a running back with two ACL injuries in one year.