Brady Hoke explains Fitz Toussaint, Frank Clark suspensions, hopes it 'saves another guy' in future
One day before leading Michigan against the No. 2 team in the country, coach Brady Hoke announced the suspension of one of his best players.
He also suspended a key reserve.
Hoke didn't have to sit tailback Fitz Toussaint or defensive end Frank Clark, who were arrested in the offseason. Many big-time college football coaches wouldn't have done the same thing -- particularly with an opponent such as Alabama awaiting the Wolverines (8 p.m. Saturday, ABC).
He said he made the call, though, because it could help curtail future disciplinary issues.
"It's about doing what's right for kids, and right for this program, first and foremost," Hoke said in a video posted Friday night by the school. "They're both part of our family, they're great kids that made some bad decisions, and there's always consequences.
"We love them, our team loves them, but you learn, and these are life lessons that hopefully stick with them, and hopefully it saves another guy somewhere, somewhow. It's the right thing to do."
Toussaint's loss is particularly impactful, after he eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing in his first season as a starter. Asked in the video which offensive playmakers will have to step up after the suspension, Hoke mentioned tailbacks Thomas Rawls and Vincent Smith.
He also said top receiver Roy Roundtree will be significant, as well as quarterback Devin Gardner -- at receiver. Tight ends could also "make a play or two in there," Hoke added.
Check out the full MGoBlue.com video here.