If you thought LSU leads, that’s because you have a short memory and forgot about Auburn’s April.
Georgia, believe it or not, currently has zero points, which means (1) either Georgia is recruiting higher character kids; (2) Richt has managed to run off every troublemaker in the program; or (3) we’re just waiting for this summer’s shoe to drop.
And, no, those three aren’t mutually exclusive possibilities.
Great piece at And The Valley Shook about the difference between being a thug and a moron.
Hint: it’s the latter that should perhaps disqualify Anthony Jennings from being LSU’s starting quarterback this season.
Here’s something to help fuel you through the last working day of the week:
- 247Sports thinks Georgia’s on course for a whale of a recruiting year in 2016. Of course, that was before this news broke. Which is why I don’t spend time speculating on recruits until they’re signed, sealed and delivered. Your mileage may vary, of course, which is what keeps the recruiting services in business.
- Insert “Mark Richt has lost control” snark here. (And no, there isn’t a Herbstreit reaction to the news I can point you to.)
- Jim Harbaugh isn’t going to listen to you badmouth the United States of America.
- If you don’t think the Alabama-Georgia game is going to be crazy enough already, Michael Carvell points out that that’s the most attractive home date for Jacob Eason to take his official visit.
- Sen. Claire McCaskill wants colleges to continue to make improvements in the way they handle sexual assault accusations against athletes. Look at the bright side, schools: at least somebody in Congress is paying attention to the way you run your athletics!
- Brian Schottenheimer is a big fan of Nick Chubb. Smart man.
- And Georgia has added a 22-year old linebacker with an interesting backstory as a walk-on.
DUI charges against Davin Bellamy are dismissed after the arresting officer was himself arrested last month for allegedly sexually assaulting a juvenile.
Honestly, you can’t make this shit up.
Via Andy Staples…
But I got a chance to study the phenomenon up close while covering Florida as a beat writer for The Tampa Tribune from 2004-07. As the OTL piece pointed out, Gators in trouble—and there were a lot in those years—tend to turn to an attorney named Huntley Johnson.
We beat writers used to joke that if Johnson didn’t represent a player who got arrested, it meant that player was probably already kicked off the team. That wasn’t true all the time, but Johnson almost always seemed to get retained when a player got sideways with the law. Johnson rarely talks to the press about cases, typically letting the plea deals he negotiates do the talking for him. I tried to interview him in 2007 after former (and future) Florida lineman Ronnie Wilson pleaded no contest to battery and discharging a firearm in public. Wilson had hit a man and spit on him, and after realizing the man was following him to give Wilson’s information to a 911 dispatcher, Wilson switched to a vehicle that had an AK-47 in the trunk. Later, he would pull that AK-47 and fire it in the air to scare the man he had hit and spit on. The man said in court that Wilson pointed the gun at him before firing into the air. Thanks to Johnson, Wilson served no jail time beyond the brief period between his arrest and his posting bail. He got two years of probation. I asked Johnson after the change of plea hearing if he’d talk about the case. “What do you think I’m going to say?” Johnson asked. My reply was something to the effect of, “Your client pulled an AK-47 on a guy and won’t spend a day in jail, so I’m guessing not much, but I’m going to ask anyway.” Johnson smiled. “You’re pretty smart,” he said. End of interview.
A good magician never reveals his secrets, you know.
As a University of Florida running back, Chris Rainey was named a suspect in five crimes in Gainesville. He faced charges once.
Rainey’s experience as a star athlete accused of criminal activity — stalking, fighting, injuring someone with fireworks — but ending up with a mostly clean record is not uncommon: From 2009 to 2014, male basketball and football players at the University of Florida and Florida State University avoided criminal charges or prosecution on average two-thirds of the time when named as suspects in police documents, a result far exceeding that of non-athlete males in the same age range, an Outside the Lines investigation has found.
Last fall, to determine how often crimes involving college athletes are prosecuted and what factors influence them, Outside the Lines requested police reportsinvolving all football and men’s basketball players on rosters from 2009 to 2014 from campus and city police departments covering 10 major programs: Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Michigan State, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Texas A&M and Wisconsin. Some police departments withheld records citing state disclosure laws. (ESPN sued the University of Notre Dame and Michigan State University for not releasing material; both cases are pending on appeal.) And not all information was uniform among jurisdictions.
But available reports showed that Rainey’s alma mater, Florida, had the most athletes — 80 — named as suspects in more than 100 crimes at Florida. Yet the athletes either never faced charges, had charges against them dropped or were not prosecuted 56 percent of the time. When Outside the Lines examined a comparison set of cases involving college-age males in Gainesville, 28 percent of the crimes ended either without a record of charges being filed or by charges eventually being dropped.
At this point, my only question is whether they use Johnson as a sales point on the recruiting trail.