Much has been made about the increasingly disturbing past of Aaron Hernandez. I must admit I am fascinated by the story and jump all over any news regarding the matter.
I came across the below linked article that brings up a topic (albeit inferred) that has been batted back and forth on this blog - how Urban handled discipline while at the University of Florida - specifically how he handled Aaron Hernandez.
Summing up the article, Hernandez was involved in an assault in 2007 involving a bouncer at The Swamp (and yes, at night it's a club - hence the bouncer). What stands out in this situation is the action (or lack thereof) taken against Hernandez for (a) underage drinking and (b) assault of security personnel:
Officers made it known the following day that they would not be pursuing charges for a minor being served alcohol at The Swamp, but "it would be noted in the report so the coaches could handle it internally."
The Sentinel wrote that Gainesville Poilce recommended Hernandez be charged with a felony, but it's not clear how the case was resolved "because all of Hernandez's other juvenile records are sealed."
During Urban's time in Gainsville, we all know of the string of both violent and non-violent arrests made and the dearth of discipline brought down. The whole situation smacks of the lack of institutional control during Urban's time at Florida. I am of course not insinuating that Urban could have prevented the man (or beast) that Hernandez has become - but perhaps intervention and/or discpline (including removal from the team) may have significantly changed Hernandez's path in life.