Team preview: Toledo

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Nobody likes to lose, and that's especially the case at the University of Toledo, where division titles, MAC championships and bowl trips have become a fixture during Tom Amstutz's tenure.

Last year the Rockets accomplished none of the above, though, for the first time in Amstutz's six seasons as head coach, and that left an uncomfortable feeling in Toledo during the offseason as the Rockets come off their first losing season since 1993 (4-7).

The discomfort grew even worse when two UT players made news off the field, and it wasn't the kind that pleases a coach, team or a university.

Amstutz has a sign in the locker room that says "The Right Place at the Right Time," and running backs Scooter McDougle and Richard Davis obviously were not following that advice.
McDougle, whose career has been saddled with injuries since a magical night in the 2004 MAC Championship game, was arrested by the FBI in March and charged with allegedly conspiring to bribe to affect the outcome of a sporting event, according to the Toledo Blade.

McDougle was reportedly the middleman of a point-shaving scheme, which could include other athletes at the school, and received merchandise and cash from a Michigan gambler. The charges against McDougle were dropped in April as the investigation continued but could be filed again at a later date, according to the Blade.

Davis was arrested in mid-April and charged with attempted aggravated burglary after allegedly breaking into the house of a sheriff's deputy. Davis, who was armed, was apparently looking to settle a dispute with a teammate, according to Toledo TV station WTOL, and went to the wrong address. Whoops.

Both players were suspended from the team, and Amstutz said he would wait and see what happens in the legal system before taking any further action.
"We can't let what is going on overshadow all the great things in this program," Amstutz told the Blade. "We'll pull together and we'll end up stronger and better."