My Bid by Joe Biddle: They call it the Stupid Season
By Joe Biddle, Columnist
If you are paying attention, college football players are filling up police blotters at an unfathomable rate.
We’re not talking jaywalking here.
Alabama had four players suspended indefinitely from the team after a January incident in which three of them beat and robbed two Alabama students, one of which was knocked unconscious. Linebackers Eddie Williams and Tyler Hayes and defensive end DJ Pettway now face two counts of second-degree robbery. For Williams, it was his second arrest in as many days.
A fourth player, halfback Brent Calloway, was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card obtained from the alleged robbery. He used it to buy snacks from a dorm vending machine. Money for munchies?
Vanderbilt currently has four football players who were suspended from the team and the school after an alleged sexual assault incident recently occurred in a Vanderbilt dorm room. The investigation into the incident is still in progress. No arrests or charges had been filed as of Monday.
Here’s one that will really make you shake your head in wonderment.
Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison was charged with interfering with the police by inciting a K-9 dog as he repeatedly barked at it. Please explain the reason for getting in a barking contest with a police dog.
Morrison is also charged with resisting arrest without violence.
And never let it be said MTSU can’t compete with the big boys. The Blue Raiders have suspended JD Jones, Rodney Neal and Marcus Robinson indefinitely. Jones is charged with two counts of domestic aggravated assault while the other two players are facing aiding and abetting charges.
Keeping it all in the family, Kentucky brothers Kadeem “Pancho’’ Thomas and Khalid Thomas were dismissed from the team after being charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Ohio State, coached by former Florida Coach Urban Meyer, has also had players run afoul of the law. Meyer recruited and coached tight end Aaron Hernandez, the New England star now facing murder charges. Meyer must have been running a funny farm while in Gainesville.
The New York Times reported 41 of the 121 players on the roster in 2008 when Meyer was the coach, were arrested either while in college or later.
Meyer may also lose star running back, Carlos Hyde. Hyde ran for 975 yards last season. The Columbus Dispatch reported Hyde had been released from the team after an alleged assault against a female last weekend.
Also, Ohio State junior cornerback Bradley Roby was arrested by police in Bloomington, Ind., and faced preliminary charges of battery resulting in bodily injury after he refused to leave a bar after a disturbance.
LSU’s top running back, Jeremy Hill, is on two-year probation after sucker-punching someone in a Baton Rouge bar. He faces misdemeanor battery.
“Jeremy is paying a tremendous price,’’ LSU Coach Les Miles said at SEC Media Days. “I am going to sit on the periphery and watch. I have a good track record on disciplining my team.’’
Sure. How about former Tiger Tyrann Mathieu saying he flunked multiple drug tests before getting booted off the team?
So if you think college athletes are just kids being kids, ArrestNation.com had documented 76 college football players arrested this year. That is more than double that of NFL players and college basketball players, who each tied for second with players fingerprinted.
I don’t know about you, but it makes me want to bark at a K-9 dog.
Sports Columnist Joe Biddle is a four-time sports writer of the year in Tennessee and a 2013 inductee to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Posted on: 7/24/2013