22. February 2008 · Comments Off on McGuffie Featured on SI.com; A2 Housing Prices sealed it? · Categories: Archive 2008

Incoming RB Sam McGuffie occupies the lead story on SI.com right, check it out.

Mostly fluff, but it gets into the national signing day indecisiveness that scared many fans in Ann Arbor. Turns out this town’s plummeting real estate market had a hand in the decision:

The coaching staff and parents at Cy-Fair threw a grand party for their college-bound athletes that Wednesday. Each player had his own cake. Lathrop’s featured a Texas A&M logo. Wesley Cobb, McGuffie’s backfield mate, had an Air Force Academy cake. McGuffie’s cake was black and white, with a blank spot reserved for either a Michigan or a Cal logo. There was only one problem. McGuffie wasn’t there.

Friends’ and coaches’ calls went to voicemail. Lathrop’s mother knocked on McGuffie’s door, but no one answered. Inside, McGuffie huddled with his mother and father and tried to choose a school. Part of the deal, McGuffie said, was that his mother, father, brother and sister would move with him wherever he went to school. There was nothing keeping the family in Cypress, he said, so he wanted them to come along. McGuffie loved Cal and Tedford, but he also understood certain financial realities. According to Yahoo! Real Estate, the average home for sale in Berkeley this week costs $629,000. The average price in Ann Arbor is $228,500.

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