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Michigan making the wrong moves with Toussaint

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08:18 AM ET 08.28 | At least privately, Brady Hoke may already have decided. Hoke sounded Monday like a coach pretty sure whether he would play suspended 1,000-yard rusher Fitz Toussaint against Alabama on Saturday night in Arlington, Texas. "Oh, I probably have an idea," he coyly demurred. ... The right move is sitting Toussaint and [DE Frank Clark] against Alabama, the defending national champion. The popular move is punishing them by letting them sit out the coin flip and then getting them in the lineup. After all, so many fans seem to think this is the biggest game since the 1998 Rose Bowl, when U-M won a share of the national title, or the No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown with Ohio State in 2006, and they worry about an obvious lack of experienced depth.

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August 28, 2012  08:33 AM ET

Coaches at schools with wimpy early OOC games don't have to make tough decisions. Just suspend them for however many LSOP games are early. Several have done that for this year haven't they?

August 28, 2012  08:51 AM ET

What did this kid do?

I find it odd that someone with a felony charge is listed on the 2 deep roster. But that is what I expect from the Leaders & Legends

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August 28, 2012  09:18 AM ET

translation: "We'll sit him for the UMASS game..."

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August 28, 2012  09:42 AM ET

they will be embarrassed on the scoreboard, allowing toussaint to play embarrasses the woeverines integrity....another example of win-at-all-costs, even though they won't get the win

August 28, 2012  09:46 AM ET
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What did this kid do?I find it odd that someone with a felony charge is listed on the 2 deep roster. But that is what I expect from the Leaders & Legends

DUI. Hoke wants to win so he doesn't want to bench Toussaint.

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August 28, 2012  10:17 AM ET

keep the bookies in vegas guessing....grab the best line while you can....haha

August 28, 2012  10:20 AM ET

Like I always say...."It's all about wins and losses...." NEXT!

August 28, 2012  10:22 AM ET

It doesn't matter if he plays or not they lose. But the coach is going to send a message to his team with this decison that he makes.

August 28, 2012  10:23 AM ET
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translation: "We'll sit him for the UMASS game..."

Good call.... the tv execs will be elated!!! :-)

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August 28, 2012  10:35 AM ET
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How can the kid be ready? I thought "suspended" meant you were barred from practices, meetings, etc. Unless of course the suspension was a sham. But ................

Nowadays, suspended just means you don't get TV time in a meaningless game to pad your stats

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August 28, 2012  10:56 AM ET

Sit out the coin-flip? That should be sufficient. They didn't kill anyone, after all. Then they might have to sit out a whole quarter. You do have to maintain discipline.

August 28, 2012  11:02 AM ET

Michigan is a wrong move.

August 28, 2012  11:03 AM ET
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How can the kid be ready? I thought "suspended" meant you were barred from practices, meetings, etc. Unless of course the suspension was a sham. But ................

He's been practicing.

August 28, 2012  11:06 AM ET
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So where is our pal Alumnus this morning? I'm anxious to read his thoughts on this TSUN conundrum.

A***nus lives to bash the SEC and since failing to sit a suspended player could look like an SEC move, he's keeping his yap shut....
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