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Michigan Has Four Players Opt Out of Their Bowl Game and Lose 41-15

5 Star players sure are great...except when they're not...PLAYING.

Today Michigan got blown out of Atlanta stadium by an average Florida team.

They gave up a huge bragging right, a psychological domination advantage, a legacy, in that, in the history of the two programs, Florida had NEVER beaten the wolverines before.

Yes, Florida prepared better and Michigan looked unmotivated and lethargic but, even that, might have been the case, in part, because they were missing 4 of their top recruits who CHOSE NOT TO PLAY IN THE GAME!

They were missing defensive end Rashan Gary and linebacker Devin Bush Jr., both of whom, along with team captain Karan Higdon and Bushell-Beatty, opted to skip the bowl to get ready for the NFL combine.

Are you kidding me?!? OPTED TO SKIP THE BOWL GAME? TEAM CAPTAIN!?!

NO, TWO TEAM CAPTAINS!?!?!

They opted to skip the best opportunity to showcase their talents? The opportunity to play one more game with the guys you've worked so hard with, shared classes and dorm rooms and blood, sweat and tears? That is SAD. But this is what you get when you succeed in recruiting players who are more wrapped up in themselves and their ability to make it to the pros than they are in investing in their friends, teammates and their own legacy at the university.

Let me compliment our Wisconsin football program by saying I'm so glad that it was a big selling point for Jim Leonhard and his crew that you don't come to Wisconsin if you don't believe it's a good fit for you. Great article on safety Scott Nelson taking a risk by taking that position with potential recruits this year. In fact, props to B5Q for great article and reporting on that. It shows a lot about a young man's character when they make decisions that positively affect their peers even if there is some perceived risk to themself. As much as I felt Chase Winovich gloated and basked in the victory over our Badgers, I almost felt sorry for him in the post game interview I saw. The guy gave it all and had to deal with the fact that these 4 juveniles didn't bother to show up and his team was left short-handed, embarrassed really.

Actually, I gained respect for him and all of these young men who, even if they are destined for the pros, suit up and put their teammates, coaches, fans and school before their own egoes.

So let me finish by telling any recruit that's thinking of becoming a Badger, whether you are a walk-on or a 5 star out of high school:

IF YOU ARE GOING TO TAKE THE LAST GAME OF THE SEASON, THE MOST IMPORTANT GAME OF THE YEAR, AND ONE THAT SETS NEXT YEAR'S TONE FOR YOUR RETURNING TEAMMATES,

DON'T COME TO WISCONSIN. (It's not a good fit)

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