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Posted on Fri, May 13, 2011 : 7:26 p.m.

Michigan football coach Brady Hoke doesn't have a timetable on a Darryl Stonum decision

By Michael Rothstein

Darryl Stonum pleaded not guilty to an operating while intoxicated charge Friday morning. Later in the afternoon his coach, Brady Hoke, said Stonum's suspension from the Wolverines football team will continue for a while.

Hoke addressed the situation following an hour-long stint to close out the WTKA Mott Takeover on 1050 AM in Ann Arbor, his first public comments since Stonum’s arrest last weekend.

Last Saturday, Hoke said in a statement Stonum was suspended indefinitely from the Michigan football program.

“You have to get all the facts and all that stuff and that’s part of it,” Hoke said Friday. “We’ve got a long way to decide what we’re going to do with him.”


Darryl Stonum file photo

Hoke, previously a head coach at Ball State and San Diego State, has dealt with legal issues before with players — as have coaches of almost any college program.

This isn’t Stonum’s first offense. In September 2008, he was charged with operating a vehicle while visibly impaired. In July 2010, he spent three nights in jail for probation violations.

“You hope kids learn and hope they learn the first time,” Hoke said. “That’s with anything, like missing a class. We’re talking about two totally different actions but still, you are trying to educate and grow kids and understand that things are unacceptable.”

Stonum said in court Friday he has been waking up at 4 a.m. and doing 1,500 yards in sled pulls and also pulling a 45-pound plate. Hoke said he doesn’t have a timetable for when Stonum will stop the 4 a.m. workouts.

Hoke said he has met with Stonum about the current charge against him. As for Stonum’s future, Hoke was non-committal.

“There will be a lot of elements that I’ll evaluate,” Hoke said.

Asked if he plans on making a decision by the beginning of the 2011 season, Hoke responded, “I don’t know. I don’t know.”

Stonum was Michigan’s second-leading receiver in 2010, catching 49 passes for 633 yards and four touchdowns.

Michael Rothstein covers University of Michigan basketball for He can be reached at (734) 623-2558, by email at or follow along on Twitter @mikerothstein


John A Klave

Thu, May 19, 2011 : 3:02 p.m.

Such a shame, such talent.


Mon, May 16, 2011 : 4:47 a.m.

Tater, He has been found guilty twice before in court on the same charge. I guess there is a chance he could be found innocent and that would be great. Unfortunately, the chance is about as great as your football team following The Spartans and winning a Big Ten Championship any time soon. Clarklaker, Sounds like these are coach mandated workouts and Hoke will determine when they will end. Welcome to the bright lights Mr. Hoke. You bring a lot of experience from SDSU. Get used to those three words he repeats. "I don't know" "I don't know". RR surely needs a fishing buddy.

tom swift jr.

Sun, May 15, 2011 : 4:11 a.m.

This is a critical moment for the U of M football program. Hoke needs to decide if he wants to run the sham program we've seen the last few years or bring some integrity back into the Big House. It can be about the money or it can be about the honor, but it can't be both. Make the right decision, Hoke....


Sat, May 14, 2011 : 10:06 p.m.

I think we have all presumed Stonum is guilty. If he is found not guilty, or is allowed to plead down to a non-misdemeanor, non-alcohol offense, he can't really be kicked off of the team. But the punishment Hoke is giving him for "breaking team rules" will definitely help his conditioning factor if he stays. Still, I would rather see Stonum get help now if he needs it. There is a player who shall remain nameless, but was part of a coaching family, who had a problem while he was at Michigan. The staff turned their heads the other way. He ended up with a problem as an adult. If Stonum does have a problem, he needs to at least try and fix it now before it becomes a lot more difficult. If, on the other hand, he's just a really unlucky guy who doesn't drink often and loses judgement when he does, maybe the punishment he is getting will help him remember not to put himself in compromising positions anymore.

Old Salt

Sat, May 14, 2011 : 3:43 p.m.

He will be back for the first big ten game


Sat, May 14, 2011 : 12:30 p.m.

Stonum has been doing workouts on his own, not coach mandated.Trespass do you work for the freep or lil bro.


Sat, May 14, 2011 : 6:27 p.m.

Please note that Stonum and Hoke both said that it was set up by the coaches.


Sat, May 14, 2011 : 10:03 a.m.

trespass, that may have been a violation under RichRod, but Brady Hoke is a MICHIGAN MAN and he does things the right way. So, nothing to see here. Move along, move along.


Sat, May 14, 2011 : 1:41 a.m.

One of the NCAA violations last year included the following; "Also, the school required players to participate in summer conditioning for disciplinary purposes"(charge #2). Stonum said in court Friday he has been waking up at 4 a.m. and doing 1,500 yards in sled pulls and also pulling a 45-pound plate. Hoke said he doesn't have a timetable for when Stonum will stop the 4 a.m. workouts. Stonum is "working really hard" in a punishment schedule set up by the coaches. Doesn't this sound like the UM is violating the same NCAA rule? If the NCAA finds UM to violate the same rule again it could be really severe penalties.


Sat, May 14, 2011 : 6:53 p.m.

Please note that Stonum and Hoke both said that it was set up by the coaches.


Sat, May 14, 2011 : 6:48 p.m.

where does it say the coaches set set up punishment schedules?? thats propaganda at best.. DS is doing the workouts on his own,and perfectly legal.. don't feed the fire ..