Michael Cox transferring to UMass

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michael Cox, one of four players Michigan coach Brady Hoke said would be graduating and moving on with one year of eligibility remaining, has made a decision on where he will go next season.

Cox, a running back, told WolverineNation on Friday he is planning on going to UMass next season for graduate school and to play.

“It was my decision,” Cox said. “I talked to coach Hoke and all the coaches, coach (Fred) Jackson, my parents and myself and we decided it would probably be best for me to go somewhere else next year. I wanted to go to graduate school, too.”

Cox will be eligible immediately due to the NCAA rule allowing players to transfer without penalty if they have completed their undergraduate degree. Cox is expected to graduate this spring.

UMass hired Charley Molnar, a former Notre Dame assistant, after last season and will be moving to the Mid-American Conference next season.

The Dorchester, Mass. native had 19 carries for 169 yards and two touchdowns in his career. Both touchdowns were scored in 2009 against Delaware State, when he ran for 82 yards on 11 carries.