Toussaint, Clark suspended for Alabama game

Michigan head coach Brady Hoke has suspended running back Fitzgerald Toussaint and defensive end Frank Clark for the Wolverines game against Alabama Saturday night.

Hoke issued the following statement Friday afternoon:

"Fitzgerald Toussaint and Frank Clark have been suspended for one game and will not make the trip to Dallas for Saturday's game.

"The decision was not easy, but I feel it is in the best interest of this program and for these kids, and those always will be my priorities.  We have choices every day, and you have to be accountable to this program, your teammates, your family and the University of Michigan.

"These are our sons.  These are real lives, and I think too often many people forget that.  It's not always just about football, or a football decision.  It's about teaching life lessons, and if this helps these kids or someone else make a right decision later, then we've won.  That is ultimately what we are here for, to help them grow and mature to become better sons, fathers, husbands and members of society.

"They are good young men who made poor choices, and we will continue to support them as members of our team and family." 

Hoke suspended Toussaint after he was arrested in July on suspicion of drunken driving. Clark was kept away from the team while facing a charge that he took a laptop from a dorm room.

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