First, I have read here and elsewhere that someone “has” to transfer because of the scholarship crunch. I don’t believe that’s the case because Beilein has made clear that it is not – that they’ve been considering the issue for a while and have a plan:
“We have a plan that’s in place if … hopefully, we have no attrition, . . . we have a plan for that.”
It’s not clear what that plan is – perhaps it’s an in-state kid paying his way for a year, or a prep year, I don’t know,. But even recently Beilein has discussed his preference to get everyone back:
“For us to go from 16 wins to 23 wins with everybody coming back, it’s a great step in the right direction.”
Second, people seem to suggest that some player “is likely” to transfer, or that “they hope” so and so transfers. But they don’t seem to have any idea of the players’ actual plans or do any research. For instance, I’ve read people say they hope Chatman transfers. Well:
“Kameron’s never sweated it,” Canaan Chatman said. “He just got the keys for his apartment for (this) spring. He loves the culture, loves his coaches, but more importantly he loves his teammates.”
“Kameron Chatman plans to spend part of the summer on campus at Michigan working on his game and preparing for next season. Michigan has only two senior guards this year, so playing time won’t be a given next season.”
Sure, anything could happen, plans change, etc. And I’ve noticed that some of the most vocal “fans” calling for transfers aren’t alumni. But as an alum and someone who follows the program and players pretty closely, I encourage others to take a second before publicly calling for players to transfer. It seems to make some folks feel pretty boss dishing hot takes or whatever, but it’s empty fandom.