That didn't work any better than trying to fool Rich Brooks, his coach at Kentucky.
"Michael has always had his mom in the background getting after him if he wasn't doing it right. He makes fun of me sometimes, but know it is just in jest," Laurie Hartline said. "Now that he has been out away from home a few years, he has said back to his dad and I that he understands whey we did some things we did.
"He would try to pull that thing where he said, ‘I don't feel good and want to stay home from school.' Then I would say, ‘Absolutely not. You are not sick.' He would go to school said tell everybody his mom would not let him get away with anything.
"I can't remember a day my kids ever missed school. When you start to do something, you see it through. You don't miss because you do not feel like it. He has taken that philosophy with him and he thanks us for that now because it helped prepare him for anything he undertakes whether it is class or football."
She did have to caution him last year that maybe he shouldn't be quite so honest, though, after he lost his starting job and was brutally honest about what he thought happened.
"Michael, whatever he is thinking, he will tell you. He is honest almost to a fault. He has learned he has to watch what you say and how you say things to people. But he'll never change a lot because we raised him to be honest. So if he says something wrong, it's probably because of something I taught him," she said.