“The 6’3”, 305-pound former 4-star recruit tore his ACL against Minnesota in October 2013 but was able to play for the Wolverines last season, recording nine tackles in five games.
After leaving Michigan rather unceremoniously last month, defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins has found a new home, as he announced Friday he is transferring to Texas Tech. However, Michigan later sent him to his knee surgeon, who recommended six months of rest.
“I believe they have the best plan for me”, Pipkins told Schad. “Now it’s all about executing the plan”, Pipkins said of Texas Tech. Pipkins was very upfront about his frustrations with Michigan’s current coaching staff, as he said he was pressured to sign a waiver that would end his playing career and allow his scholarship to be freed.
“We don’t run off players”, Harbaugh said, to a group of reporters. Of course Pipkins won’t be eligible to play until 2015 due to transfer rules, but hopefully this additional time to get healthy is the difference-maker in his productivity for Texas Tech versus Michigan.
“I’ll speak for myself personally”, Harbaugh told MLive.com’s Nick Baumgardner.
“When it comes to the health and safety of the players, that argument trumps all other arguments”, Harbaugh said.
In three years at Michigan Pipkins had a torn knee ligament, a neck injury and multiple concussions.
Because he has not yet graduated, he’ll have to sit out this season in Lubbock before playing for the Red Raiders as a senior in 2016.
Recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.
“College football is a business”, Pipkins told Schad.