A Michigan defensive back isn’t biting his tongue. After learning of the B1G’s decision to postpone college football for the fall in 2020, fifth-year senior Tyler Cochran voiced his bitter disappointment in the decision.

Like most student-athletes and coaches in the B1G, Cochran was upset with the B1G’s decision that came down on Tuesday, essentially cancelling fall sports for the upcoming year. The league will attempt to resume fall sports in the spring, but that seems like a tough obstacle to clear.

Cochran did not hold back in his criticism of the choice made on Tuesday, which was determined by the B1G’s 14 presidents. He posted a long message on his Instagram account after the decision was made:

Last year I decided to drop a class to come short of graduation by 1 credit to come back and play my final year of eligibility. Unfortunately, the incompetent Presidents of the @bigten decided, despite constant testing and strict protocols, that the voices of the players were irrelevant and cancelled the season. It’s even more disappointing that the @uofmichigan president did not come speak to our team or even explain his decision making process. Not surprising since I’ve never seen him in the facility in my 4+ years here. Due to this decision, I, along with many of my brothers, may never be able to play the game of football again.

I’ve wanted to play football for Michigan and follow in the footsteps of my dad ever since I can remember, and he had that same dream for me too. Coach Harbaugh gave me that opportunity, and everything that came with it was more than anything I could’ve ever wished for. I’ve played in the Big House, travelled the world, and got to wear the winged helmet. I got to share the honor of playing for Michigan with my father. If I never get the opportunity to play football again… this has still been more than a dream come true.

Go Blue!

According to Cochran, Michigan’s president, Mark Schlissel, didn’t even speak with the team and didn’t once visit the facility to observe how things were being handled.

Cochran’s message on Instagram was liked by several of his teammates.

Head coach Jim Harbaugh voiced his support for playing football in the fall numerous times over the last few days, releasing two statements. He says Michigan’s protocols and health and safety guidelines within the athletic department created a safe environment for student-athletes.

Harbaugh’s message, and the message of his players, was not heard.