A member of the Michigan football program has been suspended for the entire 2019 season. Over the weekend, Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh announced that running back Chris Evans has been ruled ineligible due to academic issues.
The suspension came from the university, not the Michigan football program.
“What would I do?” Evans said about his suspension in March, via the Detroit News. “Keep doing what I’m doing. As soon as I get back, I’m ready. It’s not like I won’t ever be able to play again, I’m just playing the waiting game.
“It’s hard, but in my case a lot of people don’t have the mental ability to withstand what I’m going through right now. My parents countless times told me, ‘Just come home and you can figure it out.’ I wanted to stay up here, make sure I got a job, just to show them I’m serious about it. I just want to finish what I started. I’m big on loyalty, especially like just through the whole process of me committing to Michigan and then getting offered by Ohio State late, I’m just keeping the commitment to them. And just showing my commitment still. Loyalty is the first thing.”
Evans, who was second on the Wolverines roster with 423 yards and four touchdowns last season, will be eligible to return to the program in 2020.