Spartan Nation Says Hello to Keith Nichol and Goodbye to Nick Foles

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Spartan Nation Says Hello to Keith Nichol and Goodbye to Nick Foles

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MSU QB Nick Foles is leaving MSU. He made his decision last evening.

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He is done and he informed Mark Dantonio of his intention to transfer last night from his home in Texas. Foles played this spring with what was thought to be a concussion when he shouldn’t have played. He then returned home to Texas and found out he had a neck out of place and the blurred vision and soreness in his neck were symptoms of it. The thinking was that it was a slight concussion and it turned out to be more of a neck out of place that caused the blurred vision. Foles didn’t have to play. He wanted to play. I was asked not to report this spring about his injury and didn’t, (I have been told that it is O.K. to do so now) but that is part of the reason that he wasn’t shining in the spring, albeit he played very well. Being at MSU mattered to him. He cared!

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That is not the reason he is leaving. He is now 100% and ready to play ball. It is, however, the fact that he is a long ways from home and there are certain “trust” concerns that exist from his perspective.

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In fairness, neither Nick nor his family went to Dantonio and told him that if he took Nichol this would happen. The Foles are great people and love MSU. That is now how the operate and how they do things. I can tell you this: A young man picked MSU before there was a track record of achievement from Mark Dantonio and another is coming back after seeing the green grass grow.  I support Coach Dantonio and his right to do whatever it is he wants with his program. I also support Nick Foles in making the decision that he sees fit now that the game has changed.

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With the departure of Foles, MSU will now head into the season with only two “LIVE” QB’s and will have to almost certainly go after a JC QB. You simply cannot play a season with only one backup QB. Dantonio has privately communicated to several people before it was known Nichol was available that he was going to look at a JC QB simply because he needed a scout team QB with the departure of Dixon. With Nichol able to fulfill that role, he now needs one simply for a numbers issue in case of injury to Hoyer and Cousins.

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Certainly everyone wishes Keith Nichol well and we wish him nothing but the best. That is the same way I feel about Nick Foles. MSU is gaining a good kid and football player in Keith Nichol. MSU is losing a good kid and football player in Nick Foles. The only difference, one wanted to be here and bought in to Mark Dantonio when all he could sell was hope and dreams. The other couldn’t see it and only bought in when there was tangible proof.

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There is a Bible Verse that declares: “Blessed are those who believe without seeing.” You did that Nick Foles, and I for one wish you nothing but the best. No matter where you play, you will always be a Spartan to me!