Michigan football and head coach Jim Harbaugh are getting their first taste of bad press. Last week, Ondre Pipkins, a defensive lineman for the Wolverines claimed that he was pressured to quit playing football by the Michigan coaching staff.
Harbaugh took time to address the media about the situation.
“We don’t run off players,” Harbaugh said according to mlive.com shortly after throwing out the first pitch at a Detroit Tigers game. “I’ll speak for myself personally. When it comes to the health and safety of the players, that argument trumps all other arguments.”
Pipkins is a former five-star recruit in the Wolverines 2012 recruiting class and was also ranked the No. 14 player overall. He was supposed to be one of the best defensive linemen coming out of high school.
Unfortunately, injuries derailed Pipkins playing career and that was the reason for Coach Harbaugh and his staff suggesting the signing of a medical scholarship form.
In 2012, he sustained a neck injury and in 2013 he suffered a torn ACL. It has also been confirmed that Pipkins has suffered concussion issues in the past.
Pipkins would still remain on scholarship to allow him to finish his degree, but that was not enough. He is looking to transfer to another school and continue his football career.
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