Paulus likely headed to Syracuse, not Michigan

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

The Greg Paulus to Michigan story seemed to die not long after it spawned, and it's likely the former Duke point guard will play quarterback for his hometown Syracuse Orange, according to ESPN.com's Joe Schad.

Paulus visited Michigan's final practice of the spring April 14 and said he received an opportunity to join the team, but it never seemed like the Wolverines were really interested in adding the former high school All-American. A lot of folks noted how Paulus was a win-win prospect for Michigan -- a bonus if he plays, only there for one year if he doesn't -- and they might have been right.

Here's the only risk I would have seen for Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez. Let's say Paulus somehow won the starting job (unlikely) and Michigan went 6-6 or 5-7. Rodriguez would take more heat from fans and media, and he'd need to start fresh again at quarterback in 2010, when the team should be pretty darn good.

If the Wolverines go 8-4 or 7-5 with a freshman quarterback (Tate Forcier or Denard Robinson) at the helm, it will be easier to look at the season as a positive step and look for continued development at the quarterback position. You'd rather have the growing pains with a freshman than a one-year stopover like Paulus.

Anyway, it's all a moot point now. Michigan might still add a quarterback for 2009, possibly Forcier's older brother Jason, a former Wolverines quarterback hoping to get into Michigan's graduate sports management program.

When we talked last week, Jason Forcier had an interesting take about Paulus, which might turn out to be spot on.

"If I was marketing myself as a product, and I found out the [Green Bay] Packers wanted to work me out, why don't I use that as leverage to market myself and go to other big-time [college] programs to work out?" Jason Forcier said. "That opens up the door to some other schools. 'If Michigan's looking at him, if the Packers are looking at him, we should take a look.' That's smart on his part for doing that. I can't blame him."