One article, however, intrigued me enough to cover it here. It's a short article about why Pryor is such a big deal, and to save you from reading through the five paragraphs to find the two that I'm talking about, here is is:
Let me ask a few questions. Is Michigan football a big story? Is the Rich Rodriguez coaching transition a well-watched, well-analyzed affair? Does Rodriguez need a quarterback for his offense to run? Does Rodriguez currently have a quarterback that you trust to run the offense? Is Pryor the highest rated player in high school football? Has he been compared to Vince Young? And finally, has Michigan’s entire season ever been riding on whether or not one senior was committing to the program?Each one of those questions can be answered with "an emphatic yes"?
The answer to every one of those questions (except for maybe the last one) is an emphatic yes. So how could too much be made of Pryor’s choice?
Let's tackle these one at a time, shall we?
Is Michigan football a big story?
Depends. If this was Northeastern New Mexico State and they were trying to land a big player that would really help them out, it wouldn't be such a huge deal, so I'll humor you. I wouldn't call it an 'emphatic yes', however.
Is the Rich Rodriguez coaching transition a well-watched, well-analyzed affair?
It's certainly a closely monitored affair, and many people talk and write about it, but it's absolutely not "well analyzed". The media has blown everything between Rich and WVU way out of proportion. Well analyzed would be "West Virginia says Rodriguez shredded documents, but who cares? They have like ten different copies of all the important stuff he shredded, and if they don't the AD looks worse than Rodriguez."
Does Rodriguez need a quarterback for his offense to run?
Well, yeah. Doesn't every football team?
Does Rodriguez currently have a quarterback that you trust to run the offense?
...? No? Not in the slightest? Is that what you meant by 'emphatic yes'?
Is Pryor the highest rated player in high school football?
Depends on who you talk to. Some say he's 2nd or 3rd, others say he's 5th or 6th. But in a few people's opinions he is. Sure.
Has he been compared to Vince Young?
Yes. Have I been compared to Johnny Depp? Why yes! Yes I have!**
And finally, has Michigan’s entire season ever been riding on whether or not one senior was committing to the program?
As you point out yourself, probably. But I don't think it is now. Pryor, at most, will mean the difference between a BCS Bowl and a regular bowl. Michigan does in fact (contrary to how some people are making it seem) have other quarterbacks on the roster, and even other dual threat quarterbacks that they're recruiting right now.
Like I said, I didn't want to do it, but he's the hot topic right now.
Who else wishes NLOID was tomorrow?
* I really hope this doesn't turn out like that Tiger Woods thing..
** "That Austin guy is no where near as cute as Johnny Depp."