Mark Dantonio did not want to discuss Nick Foles at a so called "briefing" with reporters on Wednesday. The Foles development must have caught the MSU football coach a bit off guard. Foles apparently is transferring out, but Dantonio has not given him his release papers yet. Dantonio would like to retain Foles-- he needs a back up quarterback to Brian Hoyer this coming season. But Foles now seems homesick and injured and his dad says going back would be tough. Foles' dad already owns a condominium in the mid Michigan area, but maybe that will go up for sale sometime soon. Dantonio would like to try and talk Foles out of his decision face to face after the two talked on the phone Tuesday night.
I can never remember such a concentrated period of time, one week, when MSU had three quarterbacks come and go in the program. Connor Dixon transferred out last week-- he was number four on the chart and not moving up. Back to Pennsylvania he went and who knows where he'll end up. Then Lowell native Keith Nichol signs with MSU yesterday after meeting with Dantonio on Saturday. Dantonio is friends with Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and the two visited over Nichol's transfer. When Nichol's move to MSU was announced Foles made his move out. So MSU will have Kirk Cousins, a redshirt freshman, as the back up to Hoyer this fall. Remember Nichol cannot play until 2009-- NCAA rules require transfers to sit out a year if they move to another division one school.
It's the price big time coaches pay to recruit big time athletes. Playing time is an issue and only one quarterback can play at once. It's tough to get numerous quality quarterbacks in any one program. Dantonio must be frustrated-- look at the time, effort and money MSU put into recruiting Dixon and Foles and even Nichol before he decommitted up on the firing of John L. Smith. Recruiting can drive coaches from the college game.
As for me-- I think Nichol could be pretty good. He'll be better at MSU than he was at Oklahoma-- he's home and among supporters and that should count for a lot in preparation for next year.