Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke did something that no football coach should be allowed to do — he left sophomore quarterback Shane Morris in Saturday’s game against Minnesota despite a serious injury.
Morris was limping badly on the field in the fourth quarter. He could barely stand. But Hoke kept him in the game.
Then Morris took a direct hit from Minnesota’s Theiren Cockran — it clearly looked like targeting — and Morris still remained in the game for another pass attempt before backup QB Devin Gardner came in.
Check out the entire video. The big hit occurs at 2:20:
So, why the heck did Hoke leave Morris in the game after he was hurt?
“I don’t know if he had a concussion or not, I don’t know that,” Hoke said via Michigan Live. “Shane’s a pretty competitive, tough kid. And Shane wanted to be the quarterback, and so, believe me, if he didn’t want to be he would’ve come to the sideline or stayed down.”
Reporters asked Hoke if he saw Morris look “wobbly” after Cochran’s hit.
“I did not,” Hoke said. “I didn’t see it. I can only answer for me.”
Morris’ injury was so bad that he left the field on a cart Saturday night after the Wolverines lost 30-14.
Michigan is now 2-3 this season. They’re 0-1 in Big Ten play. This is the first time in 135 years that Michigan has had three losses in a season by the end of September — and to top it all off, Hoke left an injured player on the field.
The crowd chanted “Fire Brady” during the game. It’s time to drop the ax.
Hoke has clearly shown that he can’t coach — he also doesn’t care about his players’ safety.