Concussion Leads University of Michigan Students to Call for Coach’s Firing
Student journalists at the Michigan Daily are earning deservedly high praise for the coverage of fallout from this past Saturday’s football game, after the coach opted not to remove his visibly injured quarterback from the field of play.
The student newspaper called for Coach Brady Hoke’s resignation Monday. Over at Slate, Michigan alum and sports columnist Chris Laskowski agreed that it’s time for Hoke’s culture of “toughness” to end:
After the game, Hoke said he didn’t know if (Shane) Morris had a concussion and explained that it was the player’s responsibility to diagnose himself. “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,” the Michigan coach said.
If the well-attended student protest in the “Diag” of the Michigan campus on Tuesday is any indication, this story is far from over. Additionally, more than 10,000 people have signed a university petition demanding that Michigan’s athletics director Dave Brandon be fired.
I wrote about high school football safety back in 2012, and how a rise in concussions was raising questions about how high schools train and protect student athletes. You can also read about graduation rates for the nation’s elite college football teams, and how many institutions are failing to properly support black players, here.