Near the end of my post on Fitz Toussaint's suspension, I noted how it hasn't been a great offseason for Michigan players and the law.
In retrospect, I should have said it has been a rough day for the Wolverines and our criminal justice system.
Michigan announced for the second time this afternoon that a key player has been suspended. This time, it's sophomore defensive end Frank Clark, who is facing second-degree home invasion charges. Police have accused Clark of stealing a laptop computer from a campus residence hall room on June 14.
Head coach Brady Hoke said Clark has been suspended since the time of the incident.
Clark played in 12 games as a true freshman a year ago, collecting 10 tackles. His most memorable moment came in the Allstate Sugar Bowl win over Virginia Tech when he grabbed a key interception in the third quarter.
He was expected to get lots of playing time this season, as he and Brennen Beyer were the top two candidates for a starting job at weak-side defensive end this spring. Now his status seems even more doubtful than Toussaint's for the Alabama game and beyond. One thing Michigan does not boast is a bunch of depth on either of its lines, so losing a key rotation player -- especially against Alabama -- obviously hurts.
So, to sum up: historically atrocious day for Penn State, pretty bad day for Michigan (except for athletic director Dave Brandon, who got an extension). Sheesh. We promise to talk about more Big Ten teams later this week.