Brady Hoke mishandled Shane Morris and should be fired for it

There was sophomore quarterback Shane Morris on Saturday against Minnesota limping around the field, clearly hurt and had limited mobility due to an injury in the 3rd quarter. With the Michigan Wolverines football team getting blown out again, the logical idea would to take Morris out and put in Devin Gardner. Instead, head coach Brady Hoke left Morris in the game and it wasn’t until midway through the 4th when he took a shot to the head when he pulled Morris out in favor of Gardner.

“It’s first-and-10 from a play-caller’s standpoint, then I look up and see Shane limping. (I said), ‘Are you OK? Are you OK?’ He waved me off, ‘I’m fine.’ I didn’t know what had happened, because we couldn’t really see from our vision on the field. Shane is a tough, tough guy.”


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For the record, that quote is from offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. So because he waved you off, he’s OK? Is he serious? How is that a viable excuse? You can clearly see that Morris is limping all around the field and he is seriously hurt. So it took a hit by Minnesota’s Theiren Cockran to Morris’ head to pull him out?

That’s good and all, but you couldn’t tell he was hurt when the poor kid was limping around the field? The possible “head trauma” could have been avoided by doing the right thing earlier and take Morris out. Oh! Here’s the best part! When Gardner came in, he lost his helmet on a play and he had to come out of the game for 1 play and instead of putting in third string quarterback Russell Bellomy for a play, he put Morris back in!

Sure it was only for the one play, but why are you putting in Morris after he could barely walk and had possible “head trauma”? The whole thing was just mismanaged. Hoke should be fired for putting a student-athlete’s health on the line. It was absolutely sickening to watch not only as a Michigan fan, but as a sports fan in general. There is no reason why Hoke should still have a job. Not only does Michigan have three losses before October for the first time in school history and The Big House faithful aren’t showing up anymore, but the whole Morris situation puts a black eye on this football program.

Remember when Michigan football used to have pride? Remember the storied tradition of this program? Hoke has come in here and he has been awful. They are 0-5 on the road against Notre Dame, Michigan State, and Ohio State including a 31-0 drubbing in Week 2 against the Fighting Irish and it has been a train wreck on the field. Now there’s this. I wouldn’t fire Hoke mid-season, I would wait until the end of the season and send him packing. Either way, this guy has to go. You can’t possibly keep Hoke on beyond this season.

The success and integrity Michigan football depends on it.

-Ky Carlin

Twitter: @gettinbuckets91/@Ky_Carlin



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