Michigan president addresses athletic department concerns

Friday October 17th, 2014

Michigan president Mark Schlissel said he will examine issues within the school's athletic department after weeks of criticism over the way they handled a football player's head injury.

Quarterback Shane Morris was hit during a Sept. 27 game against Minnesota and was not taken out of the game immediately. After the game, many in the community called for the jobs of athletic director Dave Brandon and head football coach Brady Hoke.

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Two days later, Hoke said he did not see the hit on Morris, claiming he was not diagnosed with a concussion. Brandon released a statement hours later saying the day after the game that Morris had been diagnosed with a probable concussion.

"I was deeply disappointed with the (athletic) department's initial response and handling of this situation," Schlissel said, according to MLive.com. "We must be accountable with the facts, and a response that is timely and takes responsibility for errors. Without this, we break trust with our stakeholders."

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Schlissel, who assumed office in July, said during Thursday's Board of Regents meeting that he asked the athletic department to conduct a "full review" of how the school's athletic teams handle player safety. He says the review’s findings will be made public when it is complete.

Schlissel said there are a number of additional issues facing Michigan’s athletics department, saying that a solution will take a longer-term approach as the school tries to "establish the right balance between competitiveness, financial stability and the athletic traditions we hold dear."

Michigan’s student body president Bobby Dishell also weighed in, saying that the student's trust has been "broken and mistreated" by the athletic department. He called the way the athletic department conducts business "corporate, bad and embarrassing.

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