It’s the makings of a banner year for the SEC.
For first time since 2011 when arrestnation.com began tracking the arrests of pro and college coaches and athletes, the number of SEC football arrests is in single digits through the first three months of a calendar year.
If the 14 SEC schools can keep their players busy through Thursday, which is the end of the month, the league will have just seven football arrests through January, February and March.
My first thought after reading that was “there’s an arrestnation.com?”. Yes, Virginia, there is!
My second was that’s the kind of trend that’ll put a damper on Second Chance U’s recruiting.
But it’s the historical stuff that’s the real fun.
Florida, which has won or tied for the annual SEC arrests title three times in the last five years including last season, remains the arrestnation.com SEC all-time leader with 28.
Eighteen of those arrests are came under the watch of former coach Will Muschamp, now at South Carolina, where former Gamecocks’ coach Steve Spurrier ran the second least arrested program in the league (nine arrests).
To be fair to Muschamp, he inherited a hot mess since previous coach Urban Meyer had 25 players arrested in six years.
Since arrestnation.com was not in operation yet during Meyer’s tenure as the Gators’ warden, the official all-time individual SEC coaching arrests leader is former Georgia coach Mark Richt. The Bulldogs, second in the all-time standings at 23 thanks to the first player arrested under new coach Kirby Smart, had 22 players arrested under Richt. He has since taken his disciplinarian talents to South Beach as Miami’s new coach.
Well, we always knew those lost control memes don’t grow themselves.
Ole Miss, with 11 arrests the last two seasons, has moved into third at 22, just ahead of Texas A&M with 21, Tennessee 20, Alabama 19 and Missouri and Kentucky each with 18. LSU is next, followed by Arkansas 15, Mississippi State 14, Auburn 13, South Carolina 9 and Vanderbilt 3.
The active SEC coaching arrests leader is Alabama’s Nick Saban at 19, including a league-high 17 in the last three seasons.
Hmmm… in the SEC, maybe arrests have something in common with penalties. Neither seems to have much correlation with wins and losses.