Let’s see, Tripp Chandler gets arrested for underage drinking and is given the standard 1.2 game suspension, while over in Tuscaloosa, three players are arrested after a fight in front of a bar (no drinking involved, obviously) and are charged with, among other things, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct and for their transgressions will be suspended for a total of… wait for it… zero games. That’s it. Nada. Zippo.
But don’t think they won’t pay a price.
Saban has established a Peer Intervention Group made up of 15 players who help deal with disciplinary issues. Both center Antoine Caldwell and cornerback Simeon Castille serve on the panel...
“The peer group might say you have to go to 6 o’clock (a.m.) study group. You don’t want to have to explain to your teammates why you can’t get up and get to class,” he said.
No way, Jose! As long as the team doesn’t suffer. Or the coach.
Neither the players nor Saban would discuss what action was taken against the three arrested.
No doubt over concerns that the punishment might be viewed as being too harsh by outsiders who don’t understand how tough peer review can be…