On Saturday, while losing 30-7 against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, Michigan Wolverines quarterback Shane Morris took a shot to the head in the fourth quarter, leaving him clearly dazed. However, after a brief break on the sideline, Morris was almost immediately put back in the game, despite his apparent dizziness. Many viewers believed Morris was concussed, and the announcers calling the game were harshly critical of Michigan head coach Brady Hoke for letting his quarterback continue to play, despite the availability of back-up QB Devin Gardner. Boos rained down from Michigan Stadium. Some fans even chanted, "Fire Hoke!"
Today, Hoke met with the media to address the criticisms weighed against him over the weekend. As you can see from the video at the top, it did not go particularly well. Hoke was defensive throughout the entire press conference, deflected criticism to the Minnesota defender who hit Morris, and denied responsibility for any decision involving Morris' return to the game.
Brady Hoke: "I don't make decisions on who plays, who doesn't play, as far as injuries, in particular head trauma."— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonCBS) September 29, 2014
Most amazingly of all, Hoke admitted he didn't actually know whether Shane Morris was tested for a concussion following the hit on him during the game.
Hoke on whether the athletic trainers did tests on the sideline, “I assume so.”— Joshua Henschke (@JoshuaHenschke) September 29, 2014
It was a disastrous response for a coach who has appeared so thoroughly over-matched with the media and on the field this season. As the head coach, Hoke should absolutely be responsible for what players are and are not on the field during a game. Failing to see if his quarterback was tested for a concussion is completely negligent.
If Hoke isn't canned in the coming weeks, you can be sure he'll be gone at season's end. Michigan is currently mired in one of its worst starts in the program's history.