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Posted on Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 1:25 a.m.

Michigan linebacker Marell Evans not expected to return after transfer problems derailed season

By Kyle Meinke

LIVONIA -- Michigan football coach Brady Hoke said at the team's annual bust Monday that he does not expect linebacker Marell Evans to return next year.


Marell Evans

The fifth-year senior from Richmond, Va., has not played this year. Hoke, who declined throughout the season to elaborate on the situation, revealed at the banquet that Evans had eligibility issues because of "a twist of fate" resulting from his transfers.

Evans began his career at Michigan before transferring to Hampton. He returned to the Wolverines this year and expected to be eligible, but never was cleared to play.

Hoke expressed interest earlier this year in petitioning the NCAA for a sixth year for Evans, but that no longer appears to be the case.

Michigan is expected to return every linebacker who contributed significant playing time this year, so Evans' loss will not hurt the depth there.

Kyle Meinke covers Michigan football for He can be reached at 734-623-2588, by email at and followed on Twitter @kmeinke.



Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 6:56 p.m.

It is unfortunate for sure. All though. When you leave, coming back is hard to do. UM thought he made a commitment. Then he transfers, playing tennis with schools isn't going to go over very well.... The moral to this story. You committ!!, Your committed. I love the Marine corp billboard add. We don't take applications, We take commitments.


Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 2:32 p.m.

Kyle, it might be significant to Marell Evans. Perhaps it might have been more appropriate to say "the loss of Evans should not significantly hurt depth at linebacker."

Kyle Meinke

Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 4:28 p.m.

TBone, I like your suggestion more than what I wrote, so I tweaked it. Thanks for the input!


Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 11:31 a.m.

It's too bad. If he wanted to come back and play for Michigan, it's unfortunate that it did not work out for him. I wish him good luck in his future endeavors...