Freshman running back Austin White has been at the center of transfer rumors today, but director of media relations David Ablauf said this afternoon that he is still on the team (via AnnArbor.com):
If you followed our Michigan football live chat earlier today, you know there were a deluge of questions about true freshman running back Austin White and his status on the Wolverines.
“He is still on the roster,” Michigan football spokesman Dave Ablauf confirmed late Friday afternoon.White, 6-foot-0, 200 pounds, is one of six running backs competing for time in a rotation that coach Rich Rodriguez hopes numbers at least two, and maybe three, regular contributors.
While that statement doesn’t seem to entirely shut the door on a possible transfer, it should quell any concerns for the time being. Like the Tate Forcier transfer rumors, it sounds like someone jumped the gun (or totally made it up) again. One of these days, we will be free of a major freakout about off-the-field issues, and I will be a happy Michigan blogger.
UPDATE: As far as I could tell, White was not in uniform at Saturday’s scrimmage. Take that for what it’s worth, and I’ll have more updates when there’s some official word from the team regarding his status as a Wolverine.