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August 16, 2007DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke head football coach Ted Roof announced on Thursday that junior linebacker Michael Tauiliili has been reinstated to the Blue Devil program. Tauiliili was suspended from the squad for violation of team policies on August 5.
Tauiliili will not play in Duke's season-opening contest on September 1 against Connecticut. In addition, the Houston, Texas, native must adhere to several internal sanctions to remain a member of the program.
"From the start, we wanted to reach a decision that is fair to Michael, our team, the athletic department and the university," Roof said. "We also will allow the judicial system run it's course, and the outcome of that process could require further disciplinary action."
Tauiliili has paced the Blue Devils in tackles in each of the last two campaigns. As a rookie in 2005, he posted 92 tackles and received Freshman All-America and ACC Defensive Freshman of the Year honors from The Sporting News. Last fall, Tauiliili carded 94 total stops and ranked eighth in the ACC with his 7.8 tackles per game average.
In 23 career games at Duke, Tauiliili has registered 186 tackles and 20.0 tackles for loss while earning the program's co-Most Outstanding Defensive Player award in both 2005 and 2006.