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Posted on Mon, Apr 30, 2012 : 5:03 p.m.

Josh Furman reinstated to Michigan football team 4 days after being cleared of charges

By Kyle Meinke

Suspended safety Josh Furman has been reinstated to the Michigan football team, according to a release issued by the school.


Josh Furman

Furman didn't participate in the Wolverines' spring camp after he was arrested Feb. 11 and charged with misdemeanor counts of domestic violence, assault and battery and illegal entry.

He was cleared of those charges Thursday, but coach Brady Hoke said at the time his status with the team was still being evaluated.

Four days later, he's back.

“After allowing the judicial process to run its course and evaluating the situation, we have reinstated Josh as a member of our team," Hoke said in a statement. "We met multiple times over the past few months and Josh understands the responsibilities and expectations that come with being a football student-athlete at the University of Michigan.

“It is our job to make sure he continues to grow and mature off the field as well as on the field.”

Kyle Meinke covers Michigan football for He can be reached at 734-623-2588, by email at and followed on Twitter @kmeinke.



Fri, May 4, 2012 : 12:56 p.m.

Go Blue !


Wed, May 2, 2012 : 11:20 p.m.

I still hope that, somehow, the guy who taunted Furman will be held accountable. Josh can't do that himself, but there must be some authority which can cause the taunter to reconsider his actions and take a better tack in his life. Of course, all things being equal, Furman's reinstatement is a great chance for him to build a real success here at Michigan and in his future.


Tue, May 1, 2012 : 7:23 p.m.

Welcome back to B1G football. As an MSU fan I do hope that he can learn from the UM family on how to learn from his experiences. The judicial system runs its course and a decision is made. Sounds exactly like the way that Coach Dantonio has handled things in the past. You must just read comments and not actual press releases.


Tue, May 1, 2012 : 4:11 p.m.

Big difference between the Dantonio way and Hoke's here at Michigan. I hope Josh can move on and be a big contributer to the football team this fall.


Tue, May 1, 2012 : 10:17 a.m.

good way to handle this. fair is fair. i am sure this will help him learn about life.

Scott Laux

Tue, May 1, 2012 : 5:40 a.m.

"it is our job to make sure he matures off the field as well as on the field". If Hoke knows something about controlling another person's actions why didn't it work with Daryl Stonum? If someone knows how to control another adults behavior hey should tell us all the secret.


Tue, May 1, 2012 : 6:18 p.m.

No one is found innocent -- they are guilty or not guilty - once they are charged that is how it works and keep in mind (usually) you are not charged unless the law thinks u did something. I would also arge being cleared of all charges does not exist - you were charged and therefore there was evidence against you otherwise you would be cleared. "University of Michigan sophomore safety Josh Furman was found not guilty Thursday on all three criminal charges he faced related to a Feb. 11 incident on State Street."


Tue, May 1, 2012 : 12:40 p.m.

Coach Hoke didn't say anything about controlling anyones actions. It's about learning from their past actions and using the experience to mature into a responsible adult. Daryl Stonum was found guilty, Josh Furman was innocent.


Tue, May 1, 2012 : 4:28 a.m.

Hmmm...I don't know about this....I do know that, we need to Eliminate the conference championship games and replace those games on that date with the start of the 8 team National championship Tournament !!!


Tue, May 1, 2012 : 11:52 p.m.

What do you mean ? My first sentence has to do with this article.


Tue, May 1, 2012 : 4:10 p.m.

Hmmmm...I think this comment belongs in another story about the changes in the BCS.


Tue, May 1, 2012 : 3:25 a.m.

i alway's felt that this incident was blown way out of proportion and once the judicial process ran it's course he would be found not guility. welcome back JOSH!! GO BLUE!!!!!!


Mon, Apr 30, 2012 : 9:28 p.m.

Great news. And just. Now just block us some more punts Josh!