Oh, and I'm pretty against OT in Diaries, but yeah, whatever.
OT - Arresting Perspective
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.
Interesting article on the Florida 5-stars. Seems possible that while it's true 5-stars are somewhat more likely to succeed on the field than lesser-rated players, their off-field blowout rate is just as high as everyone else's and possibly higher because of their notoriety. Maybe especially at a school like UF, not known for its academic rigor.
Also agree that this should have been a Board post, but whatever.
Thanks for the breaking news update about how college kids get into trouble.
I'm going back to studying soil physics now.
Yeah, this is really old news. Was the big stink about it last offseason or the offseason prior?
By the way, Bleacher Report is a waste of trons.
Wow, Duke is winning in football... Football arrests, that is!
This is old news but its relevance is heightened a bit with the Dorsey bullshit.
This just goes to show that winning cures all. Once RR starts averaging 10 wins/season the slapcocks at the Freep will just look pathetic. Missing bowl games is the only thing keeping their pitchforks sharp and torches lit.
The real question here is would Michigan fans and alumni tolerate a Florida like arrest record for a Florida like win/loss record over the last five years?
ps... my favorite beer is Dogfish Head 120 IPA.
There is nothing that separates what Rich Rodriguez is doing from what Urban Meyer is doing. For the record,Rich Rod has had five players arrested players during his tenure at Michigan (at least five players publicly known to have been arrested):
Justin Feagin (QB/WR)- Plead guilty in cocaine dealing charges
Unidentified Player- Arrested for sexual assault on November 22, charges were later dropped.
Boubacar Cissoko (CB)- Removed from team for failures to make practice and study table. It was rumored that he could make a comeback, but was then arrested in possession of marijuana, which he confessed that he intended to deal.
Kevin Grady (FB/RB)- Arrested for DUI in his hometown of Wyoming Michigan. Briefly removed from team and then let back on.
Mike Milano (RB)- Walk-on arrested for assaulting hockey player in October, 2008.