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Hoke: "The harsh reality of it is I did the right thing today"

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Michigan coach Brady Hoke made his first comments regarding the dismissal of Frank Clark from the football program.

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It's been a tumultuous season for Michigan coach Brady Hoke this year.

It's only gotten worse after the whirlwind of recent news regarding the arrest of senior defensive lineman Frank Clark early Sunday morning concluded swiftly with Hoke dismissing Clark from the program on Monday morning.

Hoke was able to speak publicly for the first time since the alleged incidents took place during his regularly-scheduled press conference Monday afternoon. He was message was clear and precise: Domestic violence has no place in his program, or nationally.

"What was reported is unacceptable," Hoke said. "It's not what we want here associated with our program. I know in the statement I talked about it being tragic. Domestic abuse is tragic. It's tragic on a national scale. It's somewhere in our society and we all need to do something about it."

"Being a husband, being a father and having two sisters. It's a message that I send strongly to our football team about how we'll handle ourselves with women."

Clark faced a Sandusky Municipal Court judge Monday morning and entered a non guilty plea. His bond was set at $3,000 dollars and was allowed to pay $300 to be released from jail.

Hoke was also asked whether he has spoken with interim-AD Jim Hackett about the Clark situation and whether it was Hackett's decision to dismiss him from the program. Hoke said that he had spoken with Hackett and all decision making regarding players are up to his own discretion.

This was the second time during Clark's collegiate career that he has been in trouble by the law. After pleading guilty to felony theft charges, Hoke decided to give Clark a second chance and keep him with the problem.

He does not regret that decision.

"I don't feel burned by anything, I feel as if it's something that just can't be tolerated," Hoke said. "I think you've got 18 to 22-year-olds and maybe we all make better decisions than they do, I don't know. But there's a standard we believe in and I believe in. How you represent yourself, and more importantly, how you represent the program."

Although the feeling of disappointment permeates around the entire program, Clark's dismissal is one event in a series that has plagued the program as well as the university as a whole.

Distractions aside, Hoke still remains focused on the players in his program.

"It's been one of those years," Hoke said. "Honestly, our focus, and you may think I'm nuts, is on those 115 kids. That's where I focus on. If I don't do that, I'm going to get distracted. Look, I do know we're doing the right thing for these kids in this program."

"The harsh reality of it is I did the right thing today."