Brady Hoke: No decision made on eligibility of Fitz Toussaint, Frank Clark for Alabama game
This story was updated at 2:55 p.m. to include quotes from Brady Hoke and Denard Robinson.
CHICAGO -- Michigan football coach Brady Hoke says no decision has been made whether suspended players Fitz Toussiant and Frank Clark will play in the season opener against Alabama.
Toussaint, the Wolverines' projected starting tailback, was arrested last weekend and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
Clark, a starting candidate at defensive end, was arrested in June and charged with second-degree home invasion. He's accused of stealing a laptop from a campus dorm.
"Right now, they're indefinitely suspended," Hoke said. "They will pay the price for poor judgments, which a lot of 18- to 23-year-old kids make, and then we'll make a decision down the road."
Hoke said he has not yet decided whether either player will practice. Camp is set to open Aug. 6.
Michigan would miss either player if he can't play in the opener Sept. 1 against Alabama. The Crimson Tide are the reigning national champion.
They also fielded the nation's No. 1 defense last year, and were No. 1 against the run, so the loss of Toussaint -- who was a 1,000-yard rusher in his first year as the starter last season -- would be particularly poignant.
What will go into the decision to allow Toussaint and Clark to practice?
"Them meeting the standards we want (from) a Michigan football player," Hoke said. "There are consequences they will be working through right now.
"It's an educational process guys go through. They're paying a price for it, because there's consequences."
Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, the other leg of the Wolverines' two-headed rushing duo, said he fully supports Toussaint and Clark.
"They're my brothers," he said. “I’m going to be there through thick and thin. Whatever they need, I’ll be there for them.”
“They’ve got to know that we’re a family, we’re not going to let them down, we’re never going to let them go. Those will be my brothers forever.”