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Michigan Reinstates Safety Josh Furman After Not Guilty Ruling

Michigan safety Josh Furman has been reinstated to the football program after being found not guilty of a variety of charges.

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Josh Furman Reinstated To Michigan Football Team Following 'Not Guilty' Verdict

Michigan Wolverines football coach Brady Hoke has reinstated safety Josh Furman to the team after he was found not guilty on counts of assault, domestic violence and illegal entry Thursday in Washtenaw County, the University announced Monday.

Here is Hoke's statement, via Kyle Meinke of AnnArbor.com:

"We met multiple times over the past few months and Josh understands the responsibilities and expectations that come with being a football student-athlete at the University of Michigan. It is our job to make sure he continues to grow.

Furman was found not guilty after the woman who filed charges against him--a college friend-- backed off her claims.

Furman, a redshirt sophomore, appeared in 12 games as a freshman; two as a reserve safety and 12 on special teams. He made five tackles and returned one punt for six yards. As a high schooler, Furman was timed running a 4.36 40-yard dash and registered a vertical leap of 38.5 inches.

For more on the Michigan Wolverines, check out Maize n Brew. You can also head over to SB Nation's main NCAA Football hub at SBNation.com/NCAA-Football.

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Josh Furman Found Not Guilty

A not guilty verdict came down today on Michigan safety Josh Furman, who was facing charges of assault and battery and domestic violence.

Furman is currently suspened by the Wolverines, and they had previously said that they would let the trial run its course before making a final decision. There is no timetable currently set for when a decision will be made about his future with the team. If he returns, he will be a redshirt junior for head coach Brady Hoke.

Last year, Furman played mainly on special teams for Michigan. He appeared in 12 games last season for the Wolverines.

For more on the Michigan Wolverines, check out Maize n Brew. You can also head over to SB Nation's main NCAA Football hub at SBNation.com/NCAA-Football.

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