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Sounds like Tate Forcier has more problems than not having a football team

By now it seems obvious that the Hurricanes escaped future problems -- and that's likely an understatement --  by not getting former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier.

The whole Forcier situation with Miami seemed strange from the beginning. We all read about his sulking on the bench at Michigan, his seemingly poor sportsmanship, his poor academics resulting in being ruled academically ineligible for the Gator Bowl, his big ego.

And I heard some other things that would definitely not have made Miami coach Al Golden happy.

Then we learned a couple weeks ago that Forcier, who signed with Miami in February and was supposedly set to transfer, was no longer coming to UM. Talent? Yes. Head case? Yes. Problem child? Apparently.

The latest Forcier news was first reported Thursday by WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids. According to the report, police in Grand Rapids said a woman called them because Forcier locked himself in a third-floor apartment bedroom on April 22 and was hanging out of a window and the woman feared that he was going to jump.

Police officers came to the scene and convinced Forcier to open the bedroom door. The report said he was not arrested but was taken to a hospital.

Forcier never showed up on UM's campus after signing his papers. He told ESPN recently he wanted to stay closer to home. One of the teams on his wish list was USC, but ESPN said USC basically isn't interested.

I left a message for Forcier's father when we learned he wasn't coming to UM. He never called back.

In an earlier interview with Manny Navarro in February, Tate's dad, Mike Forcier, had a couple of comments that did not shed an especially positive light on his son.

"He was at the airport [Wednesday afternoon] getting ready to fly back to Michigan when he gave me the news, " his father Mike of his son's former commitment to Miami. "He called me and said, 'Dad, I'm going to transfer to Miami. It just felt too comfortable. I went ahead and committed. I hope you and mom will respect my decision and support it. And I love you.' "

You would think that a college student would want his parents' opinion, or at least discuss the situation with them privately before he publicly commits somewhere.

"I thought he was going to sit on it for a day, wait to decide. That's what I recommended, " Mike Forcier said. "But joining Miami was like buying a Ferrari. You can't wait."

 Also from Mike Forcier:

"Some of the criticism he got in the past are from people who misunderstand him as 'cocky.' Really all he has is a lot swagger. I know the players at Miami are all about that. He's just misunderstood. He's confident. He knows he can play. He's played since he was a little baby.''

As a freshman in 2009, Forcier started all 12 games for Michigan and completed 165 of 281 passes for 2,050 yards and 13 touchdowns. The Wolverines finished 5-7.

 Forcier was named to the All-Freshman Big Ten team after the season, but lost his starting job last season to former Deerfield Beach star Denard Robinson. This past season, he appeared in eight games as a backup and completed 54 of 84 passes for 597 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions.

 The 6-1, 192-pound native of San Diego, was rated a four-star prospect by rivals.com and scout.com. In his high school, he completed 529 of 760 passes for 7,448 yards and 61 touchdowns and rushed 231 times for 2,049 yards and 24 TDs.

Forcier is the third Forcier quarterback brother to transfer from their original schools. Jason, the oldest, left MIchigan to go to Stanford in 2006; and middle son Chris went to Furman from UCLA in 2009.

--SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

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