Michigan’s Toussaint, Clark will sit vs. ‘Bama
Fitzgerald Toussaint and Frank Clark have been suspended for No. 8 Michigan’s game against second-ranked Alabama on Saturday night.
“The decision was not easy, but I feel it is in the best interest of
this program and for these kids, and those always will be my
priorities,” said Michigan coach Brady Hoke in a statement. “We have
choices every day, and you have to be accountable to this program, your
teammates, your family and the University of Michigan.
Toussaint is listed on Michigan’s depth chart as Michigan’s starting tailback, while Clark is listed as a second-string defensive end.
Toussaint pleaded guilty Tuesday to drunken driving. Clark is accused of taking a laptop from a dorm room.
“These are our sons. These are real lives, and I think too often many people forget that. It’s not always just about football, or a football decision,” Hoke added . “It’s about teaching life lessons, and if this helps these kids or someone else make a right decision later, then we’ve won.”
The eighth-ranked Wolverines will
likely use running backs Thomas Rawls, Vincent Smith, Justice Hayes
perhaps along with newcomers Dennis Norfleet and Drake Johnson against
the defending national champion Crimson Tide at Cowboys Stadium at 8 p.m. ET Saturday.
“They are good young men who made poor choices, and we will continue to support them as members of our team and family,” Hoke said.
Toussaint ran for
1,000-plus yards and nine touchdowns last season as a sophomore. He was
suspended after his arrest last month. Hoke reinstated him to
participate in the second week of preseason practice.
court date is Sept. 11, three days after the home opener against Air
— The Associated Press contributed to this report