Pipkins Transferring To Texas Tech

Submitted by Brian on July 17th, 2015 at 1:13 PM

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[Bryan Fuller]

Ondre Pipkins already announced he was out, but with Harbaugh asserting he was still on scholarship and would be this fall there was some uncertainty about what would happen. No longer:

Michigan now has another slot to give a walk-on this fall, or they could bring in at fifth-year wide receiver. The latter seems a little far fetched this deep into the offseason.

Comments

bronxblue

July 17th, 2015 at 2:43 PM ^

Makes sense. it was my understanding that athletes who enroll early in 2016 can be backdated to 2015, but I'm probably off. That part of scholarship counts has always struck me as a bit strange.

ken725

July 17th, 2015 at 1:33 PM ^

It was too bad how things turned out. Hopefully he can make the best of this situation. Best of luck to him and hope he can find success at TT.

JeepinBen

July 17th, 2015 at 1:42 PM ^

Probably not if he has to sit out a year before playing. Were he to graduate he could have played immediately as a grad transfer.

That said, maybe the year off will help him finally get healthy. As others have mentioned, best of luck wherever he goes. He was one of my favorite recruits I've followed, hope he can get and stay healthy.

jg2112

July 17th, 2015 at 1:49 PM ^

Why in the world would you walk away from a Michigan degree to get one from Texas Tech? And why transfer, he could have finished his degree and played 2016 anywhere as a post-grad.

Man.

bluebyyou

July 17th, 2015 at 1:58 PM ^

That is what makes no sense, unless he feels the waters have been so poisoned that the feels uncomfortable being around his teammates and staff.  Another possibility is that he feels that he would get better S&C training at another school.  With Michigan's determination that Pipkins has a health problem, perhaps they do not feel comfortable having him use its training facilities.

jg2112

July 17th, 2015 at 3:06 PM ^

I understand all of that. Those are good points. I'm not sure it's a good decision to give up a top undergraduate degree in order to practice with a team for 3 months, where you have no opportunity to play, and you (let's be honest) have no guarantee Texas Tech's defensive coaches will be your coaches in 2016.

pescadero

July 17th, 2015 at 3:00 PM ^

If he signed the medical - he could not have finished his degree and played in 2016.

If he signed the medical, he can never play college football again.

 

The only way he could have finished his degree and played as a post-grad in 2016 is if Michigan were willing to redshirt him this season. They didn't offer a redshirt (medical or otherwise), they only offered a "medical hardship".