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Dec 28, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke in the second half against the Kansas State Wildcats during the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium. Kansas State defeated Michigan 31-14. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan head coach Brady Hoke defends integrity of program

Michigan Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke issued a written statement on Monday defending the integrity of the program.

Although the statement was clearly a response to the Brendan Gibbons situation, Hoke, citing a privacy policy, did not mention the former kicker by name.

Here’s the full statement:

Michigan Athletics has no influence over any part of a review of a potential violation of University’s student code of conduct — not the process, the investigation or the timing of the resolution. In general, while we may be aware of an on-going proceeding, we always strive to balance transparency with privacy.

Our usual approach is to not issue discipline related to a student’s standing on the team before the University’s process runs its course and the outcome has been determined. We will always respect the rights and confidentiality of the process and the parties involved. One way we do that is by not discussing the details of student disciplinary matters.

 

So while I would like to be more forthcoming, I can’t provide any details due to federal privacy laws and University policies.

 

We talk every day with our kids about the importance of character and integrity. It’s something we take very seriously, how we’re going to do things the right way. We talk daily about your name and what it means. That’s why you get into this as a coach, to help young men grow and learn and mature. We’re held to those standards, and we hold them to that. I think I’ve made clear our expectations, and our actions and discipline involving incidents in the past have reflected that. And those standards will not be compromised (MLive).

If you wish to familiarize yourself with the timeline of the Gibbons controversy, you can learn more about how the story unfolded here.

[Source: MLive]

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