“We don’t give a damn about the whole state of Michigan!”
It’s a phrase used often throughout the state of Ohio, and not just in Columbus anymore.
The University of Cincinnati became a popular transfer destination following a successful 11-win 2018 season. Coached by Luke Fickell, a former Urban Meyer assistant, he brought in a handful of new transfers, many of which received waivers for immediate eligibility in 2019.
The latest, wide receiver Blue Smith, was granted a waiver Wednesday. It probably would not have been possible without Ohio State’s cooperation. Justin Williams reports that Ohio State did not just cooperate, they submitted the waiver on Smith’s behalf.
Only one transfer to Cincinnati was denied a waiver, offensive tackle James Hudson. The former blue chip recruit cited mental health issues when he decided to leave Michigan. Instead of supporting the player, Jim Harbaugh suggested Hudson faked it to receive immediate eligibility. Needless to say, Harbaugh’s stance on Hudson was widely criticized in the Buckeye state.
When Hudson’s mother heard how Ohio State helped Smith, she shared a message for Michigan.
WOW!!! OSU actually filed the waiver in support of the transfer! I will continue to be a parent Advocate in the State of Ohio and beyond!!! Informing future parents on how the University of Michigan treated my son when he stated he struggled with depression. Shame on Michigan? https://t.co/gHB5V4Iv5v
— Glenda Hudson (@hudsong93) August 8, 2019
She should have simply said, “I don’t give a damn about the whole state of Michigan.”