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Transfer adds to Michigan’s DB attrition

Cullen Christian

A source of significant attrition over the past couple of years, Michigan is once again facing the loss of depth in their secondary.

By way of the Detroit News, defensive back Cullen Christian confirmed to that he has decided to transfer from the Wolverines football program.  Despite the fact that he made it through Brady Hoke‘s first spring practice as a head coach, Christian told the website that the coaching change earlier this year was the impetus for his decision.

“Coach (Brady) Hoke is a great guy and I have no issues with him at all,” Christian said. “I had meetings with my other coaches and I just didn’t like the direction that they had me going in. I think it is best that I move on and finish my career elsewhere.”

Where that elsewhere will be remains to be seen, but the sophomore opted for signing with the Wolverines over offers from over Pittsburgh, Ohio State, West Virginia and UCLA.

Christian’s father told the website that they were in the midst of getting their transfer paperwork in order, and his son will return to their Pittsburgh following final exams in order to determine the next step in his collegiate future.

As a member of Michigan’s 2010 recruiting class, Christian was a four-star player and rated as the No. 8 cornerback in the country according to  Christian played in 11 games last season as a true freshman.

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9 Responses to “Transfer adds to Michigan’s DB attrition”
  1. polegojim says: Apr 21, 2011 6:38 PM

    Best Wishes Cullen – hope you get the playing time you’re looking for. Good kid – probably Pitt.

    This is ‘positive’ attrition though JT

    Here are a few impact quotes from Cullen:
    “I just didn’t like the direction that they had me going in”

    “Part of you feels like you failed, while another part of you wants to go prove them they were wrong.”

    Hoke: “Cullen, you’re a good kid and did a decent job as a reserve DB last year. We appreciate your effort and heart, but you’re skills just aren’t what we’re looking for long term with our Defensive direction. We wish you the best and will respect it if you make a transfer decision.”

    That’s why he wants to ‘prove them (Hoke and his defensive coaching staff) wrong’.

    Hey, who knows – maybe he will.

    Go BLUE!

  2. centexhorn says: Apr 21, 2011 7:12 PM

    Sounds like the coaching staff had no faith in his abilities. Or his attitude. One of the two.

    I don’t think this is a bad thing for Michigan. When you take over a bad team, you’ve got to weed out the guys who were contributing to your lack of success.

    That said, I’ve seen some coaches make some really bone-headed personnel decisions in my day. Maybe he will, indeed, prove them wrong.

  3. dapell says: Apr 21, 2011 8:24 PM

    Word from the insiders is that they had him 3rd on the depth chart in an attempt to “reach” the kid and get him to step up his work. Apparently it backfired. Who would’ve thought a 4-star kid had a problem being behind walk-ons on the depth chart?

  4. polegojim says: Apr 22, 2011 10:00 AM

    @ dapell – exactly. Michigan D coaches tried working with him and he didn’t respond well.

    @centexhorn – Hoke knows hustle and heart, while Greg coached the Ravens and knows D talent.

    Rather than listen, learn, and adjust, he complained. Right there – he’s done. Does he expect the coaches to say: “Oh, sorry Cullen, our bad. You probably know more than we do.”

    The 4-stars are based on ‘high school’ performance. Sometimes these kids see the 4-5-stars and start ‘believing’ it, rather than ‘proving’ it at this next level. NCAA and NFL level is ‘what are you doing for me RIGHT NOW’, not what have done in the past.

    Sincerely – maybe it will dawn on him while he has time to adjust.

  5. beckyinmichigan says: Apr 22, 2011 12:43 PM

    Those who stay will be champions.

  6. phillyb6 says: Apr 22, 2011 7:48 PM

    and all of michigan will blame rich rod again next year when they can’t stop the pass.

  7. jaggedmark says: Apr 22, 2011 8:30 PM

    Good I say.

    Cullen Christian is slower than Mark Mangino on his way to a 24Hr Fitness.

  8. polegojim says: Apr 22, 2011 11:14 PM

    @ phillyb6 – next year?
    It’s progress if we stop half the passes… we’ll also stop folks like you who run your mouth without knowledge.

    Stopping the pass starts at the line, not in the secondary.

    Enjoy the humble pie to come.

  9. twinkyz1979 says: Apr 23, 2011 5:07 PM

    I just want to see Michigan bounce back to the way it was when Carr was there. I also think they need it return to the way football’was mentioned to be played not this BS that came in with rod.

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