(Full Disclosure: this post has nothing to do with Michigan athletes or athletics, but is about misconduct by current college athletes elsewhere being shielded by their respective university. Obv. if mods think too OT, well, do what you do.)
The Chicago Tribune has a long article interviewing and covering sexual assault by a number of athletes at Marquette University last year. (Link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-marquette-sex-cases-20111028,0,4057558.story) The woman involved has been shunned by former friends and become a pariah and social leper, but has not caved.
Reading the article, my mind jumps to the shenanigans in the MSU dorms last year. I find it reprehensible that coaches and university administrations are complicit in protecting and shielding their athletes from any consequences. Over at our favorite school in Ohio, running back Jamaal Berry is under investigation for an alledged assault earlier this month (Link: http://www.thelantern.com/campus/lawsuit-filed-against-jaamal-berry-for-assault-battery-ethnic-intimidation-1.2669315#.TqrCmEPaWOp). And what do you know, the athletic administration isn't doing anything because no criminal charges have been filed yet.
Michigan is not perfect. I know about incidents in the past with players exposing themselves, and being charged with assault. Stupidity is part of human nature.
Having said that, I really hope that Hoke, his staff, the AD, and the university administration are united in dealing with any future incidents firmly and decisively. This is one area where I would rather we lose a solid player (if indeed assault occurred) and consequently, Michigan loses games, rather than shielding the player in the hope of winning more games.
I also really dislike a culture where students shun and mistreat a fellow student speaking up against something that is wrong (re: original Tribune story.) Anytime you have a "win at any cost" and "Winning isn't everything . . . winning is the only thing" mentality, something has gone dreadfully wrong. If Hoke is a coach who does things the right way, and is put up against a great coach who compromises in order to win, well, I'd go with Hoke every time.