Michigan president Mark Schlissel issued a statement Tuesday addressing the handling of injuries suffered by quarterback Shane Morris during Saturday's loss to Minnesota.
In the statement, Schlissel says he is extremely disappointed in how the situation was dealt with and that he has spoken to athletic director Dave Brandon and the Board of Regents about what happened.
Schlissel also said he supports the school's protocol changes and that he has requested that the athletic department provide him with a "thorough review" of in-game player safety procedures.
The entire statement from the university is copied below:
As the leader of our university community, I want to express my extreme disappointment in the events surrounding the handling of an on-field injury to one of our football players, Shane Morris. The health and safety of our entire student community, including all of our student-athletes, is my most important responsibility as university president.
I have been in regular discussion regarding this incident and its aftermath with Athletic Director David Brandon and the Board of Regents. I support the immediate protocol changes that the department’s initial assessment has identified. I have instructed the Athletic Department to provide me, the Board of Regents, and other campus leaders with a thorough review of our in-game player safety procedures, particularly those involving head injuries, and will involve experts from the University of Michigan Health System in assessing its medical aspects.
Despite having one of the finest levels of team medical expertise in the country, our system failed on Saturday. We did not get this right and for this I apologize to Shane, his family, his teammates, and the entire Michigan family. It is a critical lesson to us about how vigilant and disciplined we must always be to ensure student-athlete safety. As president, I will take all necessary steps to make sure that occurs and to enforce the necessary accountability for our success in this regard.
Our communications going forward will be direct, transparent and timely. The University of Michigan stands for the highest level of excellence in everything we do, on and off the field. That standard will guide my review of this situation and all the University’s future actions.
My thanks go to the many members of the University community who have taken the time to express their thoughts.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke, who was not mentioned in the statement, has come under fire for the way Morris' injuries were handled. (athletic director Dave Brandon has also been scrutinized, with thousands signing a petition calling for his firing).
Morris was already hampered by a leg injury when Minnesota defensive end Thieren Cockran launched himself at the sophomore signal-caller. After the hit, Morris appeared disoriented and needed to lean on an offensive lineman in order to avoid falling over.
After two teammates appeared to signal to the sideline, Morris remained in the game for another play, attempting a pass that fell incomplete. Morris re-entered two plays later when senior Devin Gardner was forced to come out of the game after losing his helmet.
Brandon released a statement on the incident Monday night.