ANN ARBOR (WWJ/AP) — Pressure continues to mount on University of Michigan football coach Brady Hoke.
Following his decision to keep quarterback Shane Morris in this past weekend’s game versus Minnesota — when it appeared Morris had suffered a blow to the head — Hoke was peppered with questions on Monday in his weekly media session.
If there was one major point Hoke seemed to stress Monday, it was that he does not have input into whether a player is healthy enough to play. If a player shouldn’t be going back in the game, that’s the trainer’s call.
“I knew the kid had an ankle injury,” Hoke said. “That’s what I knew.”
Among those who believes there needs to be a change within the Michigan football program is former Wolverine tailback Allen Jefferson, although he said that Brady Hoke should stay on through the rest of this season.
“It would cause a tremendous amount of disruption, because there’s a lot of players who were recruited by him, who have a very strong relationship with him, ” Jefferson said. “Although they’re not doing well, they have faith in him because he is the man that brought them there.”
Jefferson, who starred for the Wolverines in the mid-1980s, said that the direction that the program is going is undeniable and that a change needs to be made.
“Do I think that he is the right man for the job? No, I do not,” Jefferson said.
As for who he’d like to see roaming the Michigan sideline on football Saturdays, Jefferson mentioned former Wolverine quarterback, and current San Francisco 49ers head coach, Jim Harbaugh and LSU head coach Les Miles as two worthy candidates.
Hoke is facing plenty of scrutiny thanks to Michigan’s 2-3 start, and the incident involving Morris has become a major issue. Hoke said Monday that he hasn’t spoken with athletic director Dave Brandon recently about his handling of Morris or his job performance in general.
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