Michigan's full depth chart is out, per MLive.com, and you don't have to go very far down the list to see a bit of a surprise: starting tailback Fitz Toussaint.
Before we all go clamoring for Brady Hoke's head on a pike for lack of discipline, however, he would like you to know that just because Toussaint is listed as the starting running back doesn't mean that Toussaint is the starting running back. Here's more from MLive.com:
Hoke still says there's been no decision on Fitz Toussaint, despite the fact that he's No. 1 on the depth chart. Says he'll decide "soon" if he'll play against Alabama. The same goes for Frank Clark. No decision yet.
This is getting a little silly, as Toussaint's arrest was back in July, and Michigan's football season starts in five days. This is either the most difficult and complex decision in human history, or Hoke is just stonewalling.
Clearly, Hoke doesn't consider Toussaint's transgressions worthy of missing the Alabama game, because if he did, he would have taken Toussaint out of consideration long before now. Discipline doesn't go over nearly as well if it takes forever to be handed down.
In terms of whether Toussaint deserves to play, eh, we don't have a strong opinion on it. Not everything is a Hot Sports Take.
A DUI six weeks before the season doesn't necessarily mean Toussaint should sit out, though if the coach decides the player will miss games, that's not exactly objectionable. But there's some wiggle room, especially with Toussaint getting suspended for a large amount of preseason activity.
But if Hoke still can't decide whether Toussaint should play? Please. That's an insult to everybody's intelligence. There's nothing left waiting for in the moral calculus of this decision—and there hasn't been for quite some time now.
So, why waste everyone's time and attention for this long?
Hoke doesn't have a problem with Toussaint being around the team, he doesn't have anything left to figure out and he doesn't stand to gain any authority in his players' (or his fans') eyes by continuing to prolong the suspense on this. If anything, he's just engaging in gamesmanship with Alabama and Nick Saban. Good luck on that one.
This is all just tiresome and dishonest on Hoke's part. It's long past time for him to make the call.
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