One DUI can happen to anyone. Most use it as a wake-up call. Two while on scholarship means you didn't learn from the first one not to put yourself in a compromised position behind the wheel. Besides, does anyone really believe that he couldn't just walk up to someone, say, "hi, I'm Darryl Stonum and I need a ride home so I don't get another DUI" without getting a ride home?
It was correct to give him a second chance, but multiple "second chances" are too much like what happens in EL. Eventually, they come back to bite you in the ass. I think it's better for the team and for Stonum if he gets a fresh start elsewhere.
For the team, they can't afford to set a precedent of giving "second second chances." For Stonum, anyone who gets their second DUI at 21 years old is at a major crossroads. The quality of the rest of his life could be at stake here. Do the DUI's become blips on the radar screen or do they become the beginning of a long, downward spiral? He needs to take care of his legal obligations and go through some kind of assessment/therapy protocol before he plays football again.
Hopefully, he comes out the other end of the tunnel as someone who has "fixed" whatever his problem is. I am guessing, though, that he needs to do it somewhere besides Ann Arbor. I"m sure there are plenty of FCS schools where he could play immediately. If he has one great season in the FCS he could still get a degree and a chance to play in the NFL.
Stonum gets what he needs and Brady Hoke sets a great precedent. It sounds like both sides would win here.