The Michigan Wolverines and Head Coach Brady Hoke have issued a public apology after the team mishandled a 'probable mild concussion' suffered by quarterback Shane Morris who was reinstated into the game after stumbling off the field due to the head injury.
Failure to diagnose
Sophomore signal-caller Morris was on the end of a helmet-to-helmet blow which caused a mild concussion, rendering the the quarterback dazed and forcing him to stumble off the field to receive treatment during the Saturday loss to Minnesota.
The medical staff of the Wolverines plead they did not see the hit that caused the concussion and subsequently sent the quarterback back in to play in what is being described as "a serious lack of communication" between the coaching staff and medical personnel.
The endangerment of the 20-year-old's health has caused sever uproar throughout college football with Radio Personality Joel Klatt even blasting the Universities handling of the matter, describing the decision to reinsert Morris into the game as 'sickening.'
Proper neurological tests were not conducted on Morris therefore seriously risking the future health of the athlete upon his return to the game.
Statement from the University
The University athletics director Dave Brandon has released a statement on behalf of the team addressing the matter and issuing their apologies, it read as follows:
"I sincerely apologize for the mistakes that were made, We have to learn from this situation, and moving forward, we will make important changes so we can fully live up to our shared goal of putting student-athlete safety first."
However the statement contradicts comments made on Monday afternoon by Head Coach Brady Joke who is already in hot water over his team's poor start to the season when he explained: "We would never, ever put a guy on the field when there's a possibility of head trauma. We won't do that."
Morris was visually effected by the helmet-to-helmet hit which caused a mild concussion and could be seen stumbling towards the sideline, which should've raised a red flag in order to get the Sophomore quarterback out of the game.
Dave Brandon explained: "Shane came off the field after the following play and was reassessed by the head athletic trainer for the ankle injury, Since the athletic trainer had not seen the hit to the chin and was not aware that a neurological evaluation was necessary, he cleared Shane for one additional play."
He continued: "The neurologist and other team physicians were not aware that Shane was being asked to return to the field, and Shane left the bench when he heard his name called and went back into the game. Under these circumstances, a player should not be allowed to re-enter the game before being cleared by the team physician. This clearly identifies the need for improvements in our sideline and communication processes."
Following the game on Sunday, Morris was diagnosed with a concussion which would suggest that he was not in able state to continue the game when he was advised by medical personal to rejoin his teammates on the field.
Saturday's loss for the Michigan Wolverines now see's them slump to a 2-3 record overall with a 0-1 standing in Big Ten Conference play, with a dreadful start and a serious mishandling of a player's safety, Hoke's job is under serious threat in the near future.