Michigan starting running back Fitzgerald Toussaint was suspended indefinitely by head coach Brady Hoke after Toussaint was arrested on Saturday night for allegedly driving under the influence. The punishment puts Toussaint’s availability for Michigan’s season opener against defending champion Alabama very much in question.
“Fitz made a poor decision and has been suspended indefinitely because of that action,” Hoke said in a statement. ”There are expectations that come with being a football student-athlete at the University of Michigan and those responsibilities were not met in this instance. We will use this as an opportunity to educate Fitz and make sure he understands the high standards that we have established.”
Toussaint’s arrest was first reported on the Saline news site of Patch.com:
Saline Police arrested Toussaint at approximately 11:45 p.m. while working in downtown Ann Arbor on drunk driving detail, Lupi said.
Toussaint was arrested and lodged at the Saline Police Department until sober, according to Lupi. Lupi said police are forwarding the case to the Washtenaw County prosecutor’s office. Arraignment details are not yet available.
Chantel Jennings of ESPN.com reported that Toussaint’s blood-alcohol level at the time of his arrest was 0.12, according to Saline police chief Larry Hrinik; Michigan’s legal limit is 0.08.
Toussaint broke from the pack in Michigan’s backfield last year to take a stranglehold on the No. 1 running back job. He rushed for 1,041 yards and eight touchdowns last season alongside Denard Robinson, and that duo was expected to be at the heart of Michigan’s offensive attack again in 2012.
While Toussaint figures to be reinstated to the team at some point (assuming he stays out of trouble), when that occurs could have major implications for the Wolverines. It seems likely that Toussaint will have to sit out at least Michigan’s first game against Alabama in Dallas, which would make that day’s task an even taller one for the Wolverines, who sit as double-digit underdogs as it is.
After the game against Alabama, Michigan returns home to play Air Force and Massachusetts before closing the nonconference schedule at Notre Dame.