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Ondre Pipkins transferring after being ‘pressured’ out by Michigan

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Despite feeling healthy after a torn ACL that ended his 2013 season prematurely all while playing four games in 2014 Michigan defensive lineman Ondre Pipkins says he was ‘pressured’ into signing a medical scholarship form that would effectively end his college playing career. In turn, Pipkins is looking for a new college to play at for his final season of eligibility.

Joe Schad of ESPN was the first to bring the Pipkins situation to the forefront as the Michigan soon-to-be senior claimed head coach Jim Harbaugh, athletic trainer Paul Schmidt and associate athletic director Jim Minick asked Pipkins to sign the medical scholarship form on multiple occasions.

Via NBC Sports:

“College football is a business. New coaches have to win games. They want to go with guys they think can win,” Pipkins explained. “If I’m a victim of making room, so be it. But if there is no concrete reason to disqualify a player, he should have the right to keep playing.”

Harbaugh however had a different account citing the football’s medical team suggesting it was in Pipkins’ ‘best interest’ to rest his knee another season. Again after playing four games during the 2014 season where he accumulated 9 tackles.

“After consulting with our medical team, we do not think it is in Ondre’s best interest as it relates to his health and welfare to play football, short or long term,” Harbaugh said in a statement  to ESPN. “He remains on full scholarship and counts toward the 85-scholarship limit in pursuit of graduation from the University of Michigan.”

Pipkins confirmed on his instagram account that he would in fact transfer from the University of Michigan for his senior season.

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As far as possible destinations for Pipkins, according to Shad he has permission to speak with Oklahoma State, Georgia State, TCU, Tennessee and Washington State regarding a transfer.

 

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