Hoke: No Conlflict With Brandon's Statement

Brady Hoke says there was no conflict with Dave Brandon's statement released early Tuesday morning.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Despite conflicting views on Shane Morris’ concussion, Brady Hoke says Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon did not conflict with his Monday statement, when he said he did not know Morris had sustained an head injury from Saturday’s game.

Hoke said on Monday that Morris could’ve have practiced on Sunday, but was held out due to a high ankle sprain. He said he had no knowledge of Morris having a concussion.

However, despite conflicting views on the injury, Hoke maintains Brandon did not contradict his Monday statement on Morris’ injury.

“I don’t think so,” Hoke said. “I think they worked very hard on getting it right in the statement. I think when you talk about evaluating different things that we need to evaluate – I think that was all handled in the statement.

When asked if he was “hung out to dry” by Brandon, Hoke was quick to defend his A.D.

“Not at all,” Hoke said. “I believe number one, the statement covers what we’ve all have done to go through this. Secondly, I think Dave Brandon and I have a great relationship. A relationship that is built on trust. It’s been built on integrity. It’s been built on character. We also understand the leadership. The roles of leadership we both have.

“I think Dave being a former player here, and play for coach [Bo] Schembechlar. I think obviously he understands those expectations that we all have. And that is, we want to win football games. We want to mentor kids, so they learn great life lessons. And we want to do representing Michigan with high integrity and high character.”

Although, when asked if he had spoken to Brandon in the prior days before heading into his Monday presser, Hoke said: “Well, it’s all in the statement. It’s all in there.”

When asked again, Hoke said: “Well I’m telling you -- it’s all in the statement.”

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