"All I wanted to do was just play football, and then I couldn't do it," Cissoko, 22, told Washtenaw Circuit Court Judge Archie Brown. Coach Rich Rodriguez kicked Cissoko off the team five months before the robberies for violating team rules. "I still have a love for the game.â†µ
"But, no excuses, your honor. I take responsibility for what I did. It was wrong."â†µ
Cissoko will likely end up serving prison time closer to the minimum end of his sentence, but either way it's pretty amazing just how far he has fallen since last year.â†µ
Michigan is getting ready to start practice to prepare for the 2010 season, and a year ago that is what Cissoko was doing. In fact, he was one of Michigan's top cornerbacks until he not only started struggling on the football field, but also off the field. His actions eventually got him kicked off the team by Rich Rodriguez, and Cissoko's life went into an even bigger tailspin after he blew his opportunity with the Wolverines.