I said this in the other thread - BooBoo didn't kill the Cass Tech pipeline, so I'm sure this won't have much impact on Glenville.
Day Of Legal Fun Continues: Frank Clark's Turn
Zero details on this yet but a Frank Dominick Clark shows up on a 14th District Court preliminary exam list with a charge of "Home Invasion" in the second degree:
CLARK, FRANK DOMINICK
PRELIMINARY EXAM - JG SHELTON
LEWIS, DOUGLAS E
HOME INVASION - 2ND DEGREE
Slight possibility this might be some other Frank Clark—google did not turn up confirming evidence of his middle name—but there were some rumors going around some weeks back about Clark being in some sort of trouble so the chances this is a mixup are very low.
The charge is serious…
(6) Home invasion in the second degree is a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 15 years or a fine of not more than $3,000.00, or both.
…but is probably similar in nature to the Marvin Robinson issue that drew an identical charge and is in the process of turning into a misdemeanor of some variety.
Frank Clark is accused of stealing a MacBook Air from Stockwell Hall, according to police.
I don't think he should have allegedly done that.
there's still Willie Henry.
If this is a theft crime without mitigating circumstances like those in the Robinson case, Clark is done at Michigan.
Poor Judgment crimes are one thing, but this could turn out to be an honesty crime which goes right to the heart of character.
They should have announced this stuff right around 10:15 this morning. /s
But you have to wonder if its all breaking today as a coincidence. A smart PR man would do it today as it gets lost in the larger (PSU) story.
story is not getting lost. It's coming in crystal clear on 97.1. I had to turn it off.
Was turning it on.
WHY..Let's hope these guys get suspended for some amount of fall camp and not the first game.
No. Let's hope these guys get what they deserve and what will help them reform.
Why? So it looks like Hoke is punishing them but they don't actually learn a lesson?
Now, I don't know what happened with this case, so depending on how bad it really was, I might agree with you. But with Fitz - I don't think I do.
aren't the football players given laptops to use as part of their academic support program?
this is just ridiculously dumb.
I wonder if he wrote his name on the bottom of the laptop in whiteout.
of "we're no better" is a bit of an overreaction. We are no different because we are a school with human beings for students. Human beings that sometimes do stupid things or make mistakes. I don't think DUI or home invasion is a mistake. However, we expect our student athletes to correct their behavior, and if they don't, they have no place on the team. THAT is one of the things that creates the Michigan Difference.
Does anyone think the NCAA needs to change rules for coach to athlete contact in the offseason? It's one thing these guys all of a sudden have more free time then they know what to do with, but to couple that with basically no contact with coaches except S&C just seems like a recipe for stuff like this. I know the idea is to let them be normal students during the offseason, but a little more structure and supervision/guidance would go a long way to reducing dumb crap like this.
Should just make them wear "WWHD" bracelets.
"Drink all the beers in Muncie Indiana"
"And then walk home, carrying only your own belongings."
I know PRECISELY what they should do with all that extra time.
Run some laps. Get faster.
Hit the gym. Get stronger.
Pick up a book. Get smarter.
That's what student athletes should be doing with their free time. Then maybe, JUST maybe, you can go to a movie with your friends from high school. Splurge and get a popcorn and a pop.
New scholarship from PSU.
What the fuck are we doing? I mean seriously. We are a month away from the season and people are being complete idiots.
We need these seniors to step up and take control. This isn't Denard's fault, not at all, but this is where he needs to call a team meeting and stop being everyone's friend. He needs to like a fucking fire under everyone and demand that everyone stay out of trouble.
This selfishness on this team right now is amazing.
Hopefully these guys learn their lessons and grow from this. I would be very surprised for them not to be suspended at least a couple games, depending on what happens.
Not another Cam Newton!!!
Looks like Hoke needs to dial up the team discipline.
If Clark did, indeed, steal someone's computer, the standard of justice should be the same as most of us say about anyone else on any other team: he should be gotten rid of. A DUI is one thing, but a thief is an entirely different situation.
In any team sport, you need to trust that the guy next to you has your back. It's hard to do that when you are worrying about him picking your pocket.
If there is a mitigating circumstance, such as a miscommunication, then I could see keeping him. But if he was dumb enough and dishonest enough to steal a computer, then he should get the same treatement Cam Newton got at Florida: he should be booted off of the team.
Otherwise, Urban Meyer and his coaches could tell recruits that he is tougher on criminal behavior than Brady Hoke. I don't think that's going to happen.
Maybe you or anyone else on thsi blog should enlighten me, but saying a DUI is one thing and stealing is another appalls me. Fitz was driving while drunk. Although I'm sure he felt fine and may have appeared to have been functioning well, he was still under the influence. A brief slowing in reaction time could have KILLED someone. Yet the theft is the one that is deserved of dismissal. I'm not saying it's not, but what makes this offense worse than the DUI?
Also, what does depth look like at WDE now? With the Roh up to 280 can he still play it in spurts to give Beyer a break? Graham could could play both end spots, but Roh is no Graham. I'm also skeptical of putting Black int here as aback-up with his weight gan. They also probably should focus on their new positions anyway. Des Ojemudia get asked to play significant time? Whatever happenes Beyer now has a lot more asked of him. This is a moment where his sporadic playing time last year, even at a different position, will pay dividends.
Lay down the hammer,Hoke. Send the whole team through Marine training.
Don't worry, guys.. he's being represented by Doug Lewis. That man got my second MIP dropped. And he wears a cowboy hat and boots everywhere he goes.
Someone asked his wife about Ann Arbor. She replied that it was full of:
1 - aging hippies
2 - geeks
3 - self-righteous assholes
Lets not worry about minor details like facts before we crucify anyone.
What is this post even supposed to mean lol
Okay, this is officially embarrassing. Way too much crime-blotter action. Time for Hoke to take a stand and make it clear that Michigan won't head down the Dantonio Road.
He doesn't have to because we already know how he acts with situations like this. If Clark is found guilty he will miss the season. Fitz will miss the first three games. Maybe more. I'm pretty sure it will be along those lines.
If Coach Hoke uses Dantonio's 4 strikes and you're out policy??
announcements. The day PSU gets nailed is a good day to unleash all your bad news for the summer. PR 101.
I hate the off season.
Hello Fulmer Cup.
Of the Fulmer cup - I belive Orson has already allocated 2 pts for Fitz, and with Clark's felony charge that should be at least 2 more...taking M to 10 pts and moving up from 19th to 9th. Silver lining anyone?
Second degree Home Invasion is another Michigan felony and it is punishable by up to 15 years in prison, a fine of up to $3,000, or both. Michigan Home Invasion in the second degree is similar to Michigan Home Invasion in the first degree, with the difference being that the third element (involvement of a dangerous weapon or someone lawfully inside the dwelling) need not be met. Therefore, a defendant can be found guilty of Second Degree Home Invasion in Michigan the prosecution can prove the following two elements:
(1) The defendant must either break and enter a dwelling –or– the defendant must enter a dwelling without permission.
(2) The defendant must have formed the intent to commit a larceny, felony, or assault by the time he entered the dwelling –or– the defendant must have actually committed one of those crimes while entering, present in, or exiting the dwelling.
If just one of these elements cannot be proven by the prosecutor, the defendant cannot be found guilty of Home Invasion in the second degree.
I'm guessing he's hoping his attorney Jackie Chiles can pull off an upset.
Why are you stealing? I hope this is the end of this and the end of him. I like cheering for players who deserve to be rooted for.
We need to see if there is more to this story. If this is true... he has to go. I was looking forward to seeing him this year, but we have to have higher standards.
I know that a DUI is really dangerous and irresponsible...someone could be killed. But I know a lot of otherwise really great people who have them. And truth be told there were times in my youth when I had no business behind the wheel, and sheer luck kept me out of Toussaint's shoes or worse...
But there is something to be said for intent. And maybe my logic is flawed. Shoplifting is one thing-- a lot of kids go through that phase. But when someone takes something from another individual...
That isn't someone I want to represent my University.
If true, I would prefer to see Frank Clark either suspended for the year or kicked off the team. With Fitz, I think a multiple game suspension is in order. I would like to give second chances to kids (which they are to me) so long as they didn't harm anyone. However, both are charged with serious offenses not just acting drunk and stupid like Will Campbell. Hopefully, both will learn from these episodes.
Hey, at least we'll be able to see if Freddie J's prediction of Thomas Rawls as a bigger, faster Mark Ingram is true. / s
His only hope is that the complaint against him is an outright lie, but failing that, he's done at Michigan.
Fitz and Clark had a golden opportunity to play in a game that the entire college football universe will be focused on. No other games are on that night, it's against the defending national champion and the program generally considered the strongest in the country at the moment, and they pissed that opportunity away with unbelievable stupidity and selfishness.
If I'd been their head coach, I would have been so enraged and disgusted I'd have already yanked their scholarships, cleaned out their lockers, and told both of them to get the hell out of town. And I admit that's not necessarily the right thing to do in this situation—sometimes, certain kids deserve second chances.