Michigan Wolverines Football: Examining the Discipline Problems Under Brady Hoke

Phil Callihan@umgoblogContributor IJune 13, 2014

TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 28:  Head coach Brady Hoke of the Michigan Wolverines on the sidelines during the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against the Kansas State Wildcats at Sun Devil Stadium on December 28, 2013 in Tempe, Arizona.   The Wildcats defeated the Wolverines 31-14.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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After last season’s disappointing 7-6 finish some fans are doubting whether Michigan will return to national prominence under Brady Hoke. He is facing a critical juncture of his Michigan tenure—attempting to mimic the offense of Alabama with an offensive line that needs to be retooled at every position.

No. 61 Graham Glasgow
No. 61 Graham GlasgowUSA TODAY Sports

The last thing he needed was for one of his returning linemen to be involved in an embarrassing off-the-field incident. But that’s the position he finds himself in after details emerged of center Graham Glasgow’s arrest during spring camp. Graham’s subsequent punishment does more than hamper the development of Michigan’s offensive line—it raises the question of whether key players are responding to Hoke’s message of discipline and in his words “…understand the standard expected of them.”

As reported by Kyle Feldscher of MLIVE.COM Glasgow was arrested after his vehicle was pulled over by Ann Arbor police.

Glasgow, 21 of Ann Arbor, was driving a white Chevrolet Suburban SUV on William when Officer Pat Maguire observed a woman…hanging out of the front passenger window…screaming at pedestrians and not wearing a seatbelt…the rear tailgate to the SUV was open and, as Glasgow continued driving, it started to open more and more with items coming out of the trunk. Eventually, the falling items started to obscure the license plate and Maguire initiated a traffic stop.

Glasgow invited the arrest by driving through the heart of campus on a Saturday evening. He risked not only his own safety and that of his passengers but the safety of the numerous pedestrians and other vehicles in a busy downtown area.

Hoke suspended Glasgow for part of spring practice and the season opener versus Appalachian State.

Players have had mixed results after being disciplined by Hoke:

  • Defensive end Frank Clark was suspended after an arrest in 2012 but returned and has emerged as a team leader. 
  • Running back Fitzgerald Toussaint’s 2012 season was delayed by a DUI arrest that caused him to miss the beginning of training camp and he never really got on track. 
  • Kicker Will Hagerup was suspended last season for a violation of team rules (he also missed four games in Hoke’s first season) but will be return this season.
  • Tight end A.J. Williams was suspended one game last season after being arrested for drunk driving after a traffic stop.
  • Kicker Brendan Gibbons didn't make the team’s bowl trip last season and was expelled from the University of Michigan over an alleged assault.
  • Tackle Taylor Lewan was arrested after allegedly assaulting an Ohio State after Michigan’s loss last season.

Michigan is hardly a renegade program, but it cannot afford to lose any more key players because of bad decisions.

No. 57 Frank Clark
No. 57 Frank ClarkGregory Shamus/Getty Images

Hoke says that he wants to help players who make off-the-field mistakes to “…learn valuable life lessons.”

One of those valuable life lessons might be that their actions can lead to more than just personal embarrassment— their selfishness may derail Hoke’s rebuilding program at Michigan altogether.


Phil Callihan is a featured writer for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotations in this article were obtained via Press Conferences or in person.