Oh my. This was dumb.
Not only was Oregon's All-American CB Cliff Harris arrested for driving 118 MPH on Sunday, but he did it in an Oregon employee's rental car.
"So, I rented the car for my own purposes on Friday. Cliff Harris and his licensed friend, who showed me his license, asked to borrow it and paid me the full amount in cash that I paid for the rental," said the woman, who agreed to speak to KEZI, on condition of anonymity.
Man, there's a lot of smoke at Oregon too.
I thought this article about Urban Meyer's tenure at Florida is pretty interesting, as his teams have had a total of 30 players arrested for a variety of crimes, some minor and some rather substantial. That works out to 59 wins and 30 arrests, a staggering number in light of the fact that the dominant story the past 3-4 years is how the Tebow-led Gators are America's Team and Meyer is a great guy who runs a solid program. By comparison, the author points out that by comparison, Miami U had the one Robert Marve incident and that is it.
To an extent, you have to expect some brushes with the law when you are dealing with 100+ college-aged men, not even taking into account the nature of football football and the deification the players receive at most schools. But at the same time, 30 arrests across a broad spectrum of offenses, including stalking, drunk driving, and larceny, probably represents more than youthful indiscretions. Plus, we are only talking about actual arrests, not the various incidents that go unreported.
I find it funny that UM has been dragged through the mud for the whole Practicegate and a couple of miscues (i.e. Feagin, Cissoko) while Florida has largely remained above reproach by most in the media. Some of that is undoubtedly due to their dominance on the field, but I also think it points to the power of Tebow, who became the wholesome face of the program and shielded it from scrutiny.
Interesting article this week about how many arrests Urban Meyer has had during his tenure with Florida; 26 arrests in 5 years! That is over 5 arrests a year, and goes to ruin the theory that if you can run a 4.4 40, you can outrun the law. Back in June, ESPN paraphrased comments from Urban, at the time of his team’s 24th arrest, “he's disappointed with the incidents but he and his staff are determined to educate his players and by and large they are "a pretty good group."" I guess the term 'pretty good' has changed since I was in school, because that used to mean no felonies on the record and no recent mug shots taken. Now as long as you aren’t wanted for murder one you are still Florida eligible as a 'pretty good' kid?
I’m not against taking a chance on players or people for that matter, but it is so important to balance the risks with good kids. Tebow was obviously a good kid, but you need more than one voice in the locker room to be that voice of influence, and Florida has obviously had challenges finding those other voices. As Michigan goes forward and takes pretty good kids and good kids, I realize that coaches can only be one part of the formula. It is so important for every pretty good kid we take a risk on, that we put 3 good kids around them like Craig Roh. Then the coaches will have a fighting chance to make a difference.
I don't question Urban's heart, but I do question his recruiting, because a pretty good kid, will only become a good kid, if you put so many examples around him that he can't help but make a change in his life.