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Posted on Mon, Apr 9, 2012 : 12:13 p.m.

Safety Josh Furman suspended from Michigan football team, spokesman says

By Kyle Meinke

Updated: Josh Furman's suspension is due to legal troubles; his lawyer says the case is a "misunderstanding"

Reserve safety Josh Furman has been suspended from the Michigan football team, a program spokesman confirmed Monday afternoon.

No other details are being provided.

The 6-foot-2, 208-pound sophomore appeared in 12 games last year, but mostly on special teams. He played twice at safety.


Josh Furman

Furman recorded 10 tackles last season and also blocked a punt against Nebraska.

Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison was asked last week about Furman's play this spring, but referred the question to head coach Brady Hoke.

Hoke typically is the only one who comments on personnel matters. He next speaks to the media on Tuesday during the Big Ten's conference call with reporters.

The suspension was first reported on Twitter by's Sam Webb.

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



Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 10:55 p.m.

Wait a minute...isn't he supposed to be a "Michigan Man"? I guess Michigan men aren't as special as they're cracked up to be.


Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 7:37 p.m.

he's gone


Mon, Apr 9, 2012 : 6:54 p.m.

Why does the article not reference his court case in 15th District Court for domestic violence, assault, and breaking and entering? This article makes it sound like an internal matter with the program but he is up on serious charges.


Mon, Apr 9, 2012 : 7:43 p.m.

Why wouldn't the newer, updated, more informative article be the one linked on the top of the front page???

Kyle Meinke

Mon, Apr 9, 2012 : 7:08 p.m.

yukis, we didn't have all the info when the suspension was handed down. We do now, and I've filed an update to the story that talks about the legal proceedings. You can find that story here:


Mon, Apr 9, 2012 : 7:01 p.m.

Well, SMC, I don't think UM is sweeping things under the rug, I think is not on top of things here. I saw reference to a Brady Hoke press release mentioning the charges on another web site, I think it was Detroit News, so that made me really confused by this article.


Mon, Apr 9, 2012 : 6:59 p.m.

"Sweeping our athletes' transgressions under the rug. That's The Michigan Difference."


Mon, Apr 9, 2012 : 5:37 p.m.

I expect that Hoke and crew are handling the situation appropriately, whatever it might be.


Mon, Apr 9, 2012 : 5:03 p.m.

Great. I had high hopes for Furman coming out of H.S. I hope this is nothing too serious and he can work his way back on the team. Time will tell.


Mon, Apr 9, 2012 : 5:17 p.m.

josh has a lot of upside and we really need him. . . i hope it is not anything serious enough to keep him from coming back. GO BLUE!!!!!!