Michigan head coach Brady Hoke announced Friday that running back Fitz Toussaint and defensive end Frank Clark would be suspended for Saturday night’s game against reigning national champion Alabama.
Hoke didn’t get into details about his decision on Toussaint who was arrested for a drunken driving and Clark who was charged with home invasion. However it seems right in line with the way Brady Hoke and company have done business since they arrived in Ann Arbor last season.
“It’s about teaching life lessons, and if this helps these kids or someone else make a right decision later, then we’ve won,” Hoke said in a statement. “That is ultimately what we are here for, to help them grow and mature to become better sons, fathers, husbands and members of society.”
Even with Toussaint playing things were going to be tough for Denard Robinson and the Michigan offense against a still very good Crimson Tide defense. The absence of Frank Clark won’t be as detrimental to the team however the Michigan defense certainly could use him against Alabama’s stingy offensive line.
Where these the right moves though by Brady Hoke? Was this the game to prove a point to the rest of the team that behavior like this will not be tolerated? Or is the absence of Toussaint and Clark (especially Toussaint) bad for business going forward?