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Michael Green: Someone Looking For A Program To Take A Chance On His Talent

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Michael Green started playing football when he was five years old. He developed a love for it when he was given the opportunity to be a Varsity Quarterback for Sam Houston MSTC High School in Houston, Texas.

His sophomore year, however, is when he first faced adversity because he tore his ACL and thought he would never be the player he once was. The advice he received from his parents was what has pushed him to be the player he is today.

“…My mom and dad they just kept telling me, ‘you’re not going to be the same person, you’re going to be better. When you come out of this, you have to work. Work harder and work harder. You’re going to return and you’re going to be better. Give it all you got and never lose faith,’ and that’s what I did. I never lost faith and here I am today still pushing,” he said.

Growing up in Houston, Michael Green didn’t have a lot of role models in his part of the city. His parents showed him a different path and told him that there was more than just what he was seeing around him.

He works hard on and off the field as he currently has a 3.29 GPA and would maybe like to study medicine.

“I think what I can bring to a university is my good education. I work hard on and off the field. I work hard. I just want to be one of those [people] who made an impact on the community. With success on the field, some kids don’t really have a role model and people they can look up to, positivity in their life. I just want to be that big brother figure that just shows them that you can do what you want to do if you put your mind to it. That’s what I want to bring.”

As a quarterback on film, he has wheels to run with the football and arm strength. What is more impressive is his footwork in the pocket and ability to get away from defenders in that part of the field. Check out his junior highlights.

“What I believe the best part of my game is my ability to read a defense. I study film all the time I just take what they give me. I’m not going to force anything and try to make something that’s not there. Whatever they give me, that’s what I’m going to take advantage of. If there’s an open opportunity I’m going to take it,” he said.

His recruiting process he believes hasn’t gone well and just wants an opportunity to show that he is the best quarterback in the 2018 class.

“…It’s not being cocky, it’s confidence. I know what I do. I work hard, I put in 110 percent effort every day. I know that I can be the best. I am the best quarterback in 2018. If one college gives me a chance to show it, it’s going to show.”

The six foot, 172 pound, quarterback has high interest in the Universities of Houston, Kentucky, Kansas, Texas, Rice, Texas State, Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin.

Michael Green is looking for leadership and positivity at the schools he is going to visit. He wants to know that people there are going to help him grow not only as a football player but as a man.

“…In this world, I know football may be everything to some people but at the end of the day, you have to be a man. You can’t just play football and make dumb decisions. You have to be smart, you have to be wise. You have to have a leadership in front of you in order for you to succeed as well.”

Cam Newton and Warren Moon are two NFL quarterbacks that Green looks up to because they are two African American quarterbacks who have gone through adversity during their careers.

“…When you’re an African American quarterback, you play with adversity no matter what. You just have to overcome. You just have to keep pushing. Cam and Warren Moon, they just overcame adversity and kept pushing to prove that were the best [despite] everything they’ve been through,” he said.

The Sam Houston MSTC High School Tigers have struggled to have a winning season over the three years Green has been there but he wants to leave a legacy and take the team farther than they’ve ever been before.

“…What I’ll miss about the school, just the atmosphere. The administrators, the principals, and the teachers they all connect with me and relate to me and make me feel like I’m at home. Without my parents there, they’re parents to me. They connect with me, they relate to me and they just make me feel welcome. That’s what I like most about the school. There is so much leadership and positivity around that area.”

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Rutgers Brings Back Greg Schiano with Eight-Year, $32 Million Deal

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Rutgers is bringing back Greg Schiano as their head coach following a lengthy negotiation process that has led to an eight-year, $32 million deal, according to ESPN.

“Today we open the next great chapter for Rutgers Football,” Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs said. “Coach Schiano is absolutely the best person to lead our program. He brings a quality of leadership and integrity that will make all of us proud in the years ahead. I couldn’t be more excited for our student-athletes and our fans.

“A lot of hard work lies ahead, but we will all keep chopping together with Coach to achieve success in the Big Ten. We all know what the goal is and we all must do our part. I can’t express enough appreciation to Greg and Christy Schiano, the first family of Rutgers Football. Welcome back!”

Schiano went 68-67 from 2001-2011 as Rutgers head coach.

“Rutgers University and this football program have meant the world to me and my family,” Schiano said in a statement put out by the school. “I arrived here in 2000 with the goal to build a program that would be a source of pride for the state of New Jersey and develop great young men. I look forward to embracing that challenge once again. This is a great opportunity for all of Rutgers to pull together to get us back to where we all know we belong. It will take everyone on this campus and in the State of Rutgers to get this done.”

Schiano left Rutgers in 2012 to become the head coach of the Tamp Bay Buccaneers, in a tenure that lasted just two years.

“I commend Rutgers Athletics Director Pat Hobbs and Coach Schiano for reaching an agreement following very complex negotiations to bring on this new, exciting chapter for Rutgers Athletics,” Rutgers President Robert Barchi said. “We are all thrilled to welcome Coach Schiano. He is the right coach at the right time to build our Big Ten football program into a long-running source of pride for Rutgers.”

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Ole Miss Fires Matt Luke

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Ole Miss is moving on from head coach Matt Luke, who was fired on Sunday following three seasons at the helm of the Rebels.

“After evaluating the overall trajectory of our football program, we did not see enough momentum on the field and determined a change is necessary in order for our student-athletes to compete at the highest level” Athletics director Keith Carter said in an official statement.

“While improvements were evident in certain aspects of the program, we are judged ultimately by our record, and, unfortunately, we did not meet the standard of success that we expect from our program. We will always be grateful to Coach Luke for his leadership, particularly from a recruiting, academic and overall culture standpoint. At the same time, winning is important, and we know that we can compete for championships at Ole Miss.

“A search is underway to find a new head coach who can build a complete program that attracts top talent, develops them as young men and sustains a winning mentality. We will be looking for the leadership, energy and commitment to excellence necessary to compete in the Southeastern Conference and galvanize our passionate fan base.”

Luke compiled a 15-21 record during his tenure at Ole Miss.

According to the Clarion Ledger’s Nick Suss, the firing of Luke was not well-received by some of the players, with some storming out of the team meeting angry over the decision.

Many are speculating that the Egg Bowl was what set the firing in motion. However, it is worth noting that attendance was becoming an issue in the midst of a losing season, and with a new athletic director in the fold, change was likely coming sooner or later.

 

 

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Oklahoma’s Grant Calcaterra Retires

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Oklahoma Sooners’ tight end Grant Calcaterra has officially announced his decision to retire from football due to multiple concussions, including one that he suffered during a recent practice.

“Football has been the biggest thrill of my life, and it kills me to know it’s over,” Calcaterra said during a video he posted on Twitter. “But I’m confident God does everything for a reason, and he has a plan for me. I believe football was preparing me for this moment my entire career.”

“I gave everything I had to this team and this game,” Calcaterra continued. “I’d like to think it might have caused an impact on this university, this football program and all the people around me.”

Calcaterra earned first-team All-Big 12 honors in 2018 following an impressive season in which he caught 26 receptions for 396 yards and 6 touchdowns. Calcaterra was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection as a freshman in 2017.

Calacaterra said that he’s on track to graduate from Oklahoma in May and that he plans to return home to California to pursue a career as a firefighter.

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