Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke makes a statement on accountability with suspension of senior wide receiver Darryl Stonum for getting his second DUI. Stonum has a history of making poor decisions and that led former coach Rich Rodriguez to suspend him in 2008 and allow him to continue at Michigan after spending a long-weekend in jail.
According to the reports in 2008 he was charged with driving while impaired and driving on a suspended license. In 2009 he was sentenced to probation, and after failing to comply with the orders of his probation he was sent to jail for three days. And now he goes out and does this. It seems that he doesn't take his issues seriously and that is enormous problem for him.
What does this new suspension reveal about Darryl Stonum? I don’t know, plus I don’t know him. He is a college student that makes dumb choices, like most in college do. Most learn from those mistakes though. He obviously felt it was not necessary to care about his life, his future, or his family. It seems his list of problems is failing to show up for probationary things, like not showing up for tests. This tells me he doesn't listen to his superiors or to authority for that matter.
He is a senior and now it’s time to start acting like one.
Hoke is a no-nonsense guy, so it seems through interviews and former teams discipline. He doesn't seem to take to those that can’t fulfill what it takes to be accountable. When he was hired at Michigan he couldn’t say enough that accountability will be the focus of this team and that players who decide not to be accountable will be dealt with accordingly.
In a Q&A with mlive.com in January of 2011, Hoke explained toughness and accountability, “The biggest thing is having the mental and physical toughness, do the right things in the classroom, do the right things on campus, and do the right things in the weight room or on the field and doing it with a toughness and being accountable to each other.”
Other Universities may have the luxury to take kids back after a DUI or an arrest, but this team does not have that luxury. You can't set that precedent, not within the first five months on the job. Florida got away with it under Urban Meyer, but not under Will Muscamp. He kicked off his best player on the team for his repetitive marijuana arrests. Hoke needs to do the same, not that Stonum is his best player, but to put meaning behind his words.
I hope he does keep Stonum off the team. It’s not because I don’t believe in second chances; he has had that, a third chance to don the maize and blue should be off limits. Let him keep his scholarship and get his degree at Michigan, but don’t allow him to be on the field in 2011. He doesn’t deserve that privilege due to his consistent ‘poor choices.’
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