Michigan DE Frank Clark dismissed from program after domestic violence arrest


The Michigan Wolverines have announced they have dismissed defensive end Frank Clark after his arrest over the weekend in Ohio for domestic violence.  The details and seriousness of the arrest are effectively detailed in an article from Nick Baumgardner at MLive.com.  Clark spent Sunday in Erie County jail with a scheduled bond hearing Monday morning at Sandusky Municipal Court.  Obviously, this is just the latest black mark in what has been a disastrous season for the Michigan football program, but it also could mean the end of Clark’s football career.

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Clark had a chance to be drafted as a mid round prospect as a defensive end.  Given the seriousness of the charge and the depth of the position, there is a good chance that Clark could go from being a decent level prospect to being out of the draft entirely and could have a difficult time getting a tryout with the NFL.  Unfortunately for Clark, this is not his first run in with the law during his career in Ann Arbor as he also had felony theft charges that resulted in probation for a year and fines.

Despite all of it, Clark had rebuilt his reputation enough to be one of the Wolverines’ representatives for Big Ten media day this year.  The 6’2″ 277lb end has the size to be a professional player.  This season, Clark played in 10 games, recording 29 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks.

The fact the Michigan program was willing to act so quickly on removing Clark from the team with so many teams waiting for the process to play out does not sound good for Clark’s likelihood of being innocent.  The NFL has no reason to weigh on the situation at this time but given their newly adopted domestic violence policy, it is possible that if Clark were to make an NFL team, he could conceivably face penalties from the league.  For the moment, Clark has much bigger issues to focus on than football.