Reasons to doubt the Mike Marrow transfer rumor
There are a whole slew of reasons to be dubious to the rumor, published by the Toledo Blade, that Mike Marrow wants to transfer away from EMU.
In no particular order:
1. The article contains obvious factual mistakes that indicate a lack of research, such as the statement that Marrow will have four years of eligibility remaining.
2. Just a few months ago, Marrow transferred because he wanted to be closer to his home (Toledo). Knoxville, Tennessee, is not particularly close.
3. When Marrow left Alabama to come to EMU, his family was quoted all over the place, especially his father. If he’s looking to transfer again, why aren’t they talking about it?
4. Marrow is enrolled at EMU for the winter semester, and classes have started.
5. Marrow is still listed on the online EMU football roster. When Devontae Payne left near the end of the 2010 season, his name was pulled off the online roster before anyone outside the program even knew that he had left.
6. The classes have already started at other schools. Having missed the enrollment deadlines for Wisconsin and Michigan in the fall—that was how he wound up at EMU, recall—if he were going to transfer again, it seems highly unlikely that he’d wait until after classes had started.
7. Southern Illinois? I know they’re a good FCS program, but they’re still an FCS program. Marrow clearly has the physical ability to play at a top-level FBS program, he has no ties that I can find to Southern Illinois, and it would be farther from home. Including them in the reported list calls the whole thing into question.
Of course, any and all of these can be explained away, but it’s enough that I find the report dubious at best. Still, I’m sure we’ll know soon enough.