ANN ARBOR - Brady Hoke remains noncommittal when it comes to making a decision on Fitzgerald Toussaint's availability for Saturday's season opener against Alabama in Arlington, Texas.
At least publicly, Hoke remains noncommittal. Despite what Michigan's depth chart says - that Toussaint is listed as Michigan's No. 1 running back against Alabama, ahead of Thomas Rawls, Vincent Smith and Justice Hayes.
Toussaint has been suspended indefinitely from the program after being arrested last month on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, after he registered a 0.12 blood-alcohol content level. Toussaint is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Washtenaw County 14A-4 District Court, though Hoke said Toussaint's hearing won't have bearing upon his decision whether or not to play Toussaint against Alabama.
"You've got to make decisions that are best for the program," Hoke said. "And that doesn't mean for one specific team. That means for the program. That means for the identity and the character of the program that you represent."
During today's press conference at Michigan, the second-year Michigan coach, however, hinted at his decision. Though only vaguely.
"I'm comfortable with what I would do," Hoke said. "I'm very comfortable with that. Talking to all you guys about it? No, that's not comfortable. I'm talking about two kids who are sons to us, and they made bad decisions."
Does Hoke know what he's going to do?
"Oh, I probably have an idea," Hoke said, coyly. "Probably."
Another name that jumps out on Michigan's chart, released today: Quinton Washington. Much has been made of the reshuffling of the defensive line, but Washington, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound redshirt senior, will plug in at nose tackle, ahead of redshirt junior Richard Ash and freshman Ondre Pipkins.
Michael Schofield, who started 10 games last season at left guard, will move to right tackle.