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Brady Hoke left an apparently concussed Shane Morris in the game, has no answer for it

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In between the time Shane Morris suffered what seemed to be an obvious concussion and the time he was carted off the field, Brady Hoke made him play football.

9/28 Update: In a statement, Hoke said Michigan is confident it acted properly in playing Morris who he said was evaluated for a leg injury. He did not mention a concussion.

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There are a lot of reasons Michigan fans want Brady Hoke fired -- for starters, they've been outscored 87-24 in losses to Notre Dame, Utah, and Minnesota. Here's one more: Hoke forcing a wobbly Shane Morris to return to action in a 30-14 blowout:

It would've been bad enough if Morris had merely gotten an obvious concussion and been allowed to stay in for a play or two. And that did happen, as Morris threw an incompletion after stumbling around on an ankle he'd already injured.

But it's worse than that: Hoke realized Morris needed to come out of the game, put in Devin Gardner, then shortly thereafter allowed Morris to re-enter a game his team had no hope of winning. According to NCAA rules, Gardner had to leave for a play after having lost his helmet. Michigan could've then either called a timeout, in order to negate Gardner having to come out, or it could've subbed in its third-stringer, but it instead chose to send Morris back in.

When asked, Hoke had insufficient answers:

This is blatant disregard for the well-being of a young athlete, and it's kinda disturbing.