Even if the four Vandy players are convicted on potential charges, the 88th ranked Commodores won't take a significant leap in the Fulmer Cup lifetime standings, but they could leap ahead of Kentucky (70th) and Louisville (75th). Here's what the Times-Picayune found concerning the SEC:
According to an unofficial count tallied by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune in that span, four programs are in double figures, led by newcomer Missouri with 18, not counting two coaches' arrest for DWI. Vanderbilt has the fewest with only one in that span.
In between is Florida (17), Georgia (15), Arkansas (12), Ole Miss (11), Auburn and , Kentucky (nine each), Alabama (seven), LSU (six) and Mississippi State, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Tennessee (five each).
(Emphasis is mine)
Frankly, I was a little surprised. I didn't think it was that many. Three years is a long time in the world of college football, but nine? It's true, though. Here's the Kentucky list:
T.J. Jones, OT, Fr. (Jan. 4, 2013): carrying a gun on school property at Myrtle Beach High,
on Kentucky roster.Dismissed by Stoops.
Marcus Caffey, CB, Fr. (Sept. 13, 2012): marijuana possession, missed the season because of failing to qualify academically. Dismissed by Stoops.
Bookie Cobbins, WR, Fr. (Sept. 13, 2012): marijuana possession, sophomore at Kentucky. Told to transfer by Stoops.
Raymond Sanders, RB, Jr. (Sept. 13, 2012): marijuana possession, suspended for one game, senior at Kentucky.
Ridge Wilson LB, Sr. (Feb. 26, 2012): felony drug trafficking, dismissed by Joker Phillips from the team, transferred to West Alabama, undrafted free agent with Kansas City Chiefs.
Ridge Wilson, LB, Fr. (Sept. 2009): fourth-degree assault, suspended, reinstated.
Mark Crawford, DT, Jr. (Feb. 27, 2011): careless driving, failure to maintain required insurance and driving on a suspended or revoked license, suspended four games.
Mike Hartline, QB, Sr. (Dec. 10, 2010): second-degree disorderly conduct, alcohol intoxication in a public place and failure to notify the Department of Transportation of an address change, completed court-ordered community service and alcohol counseling to get charges dismissed, suspended one game, signed with Indianapolis as undrafted free agent following 2011 NFL draft.
Matt Roark, WR, So. (Oct. 24, 2010): driving under the influence, failure to maintain insurance. Pleaded guilty, sentenced to four days of house arrest with no alcohol during that span.
Only one (Sanders) remains on the team. Hartline,Crawford and Roark have graduated, Cobbins was told to transfer and the rest have been dismissed.
Here's my top ten list of the my picks for the All-SEC Thuggery Team covering the three year period.
1. Antonio Goodwin Auburn WR, So. (March 11, 2011): first degree robbery, convicted, sentenced to 12 years in prison.
2. Derrick Washington, Missouri RB, Sr. (Sept. 12, 2010): felony deviate sexual assault, five-year prison sentence, registered as a sex offender
3. Marquel Wade, Arkansas WR, So. (May 12, 2012): felony residential burglary, sentenced to six months in the Arkansas Department of Community Correction, 60 months supervised probation.
4. Andrew Peterson, Arkansas TE, R-Fr. (May 12, 2012): felony residential burglary, sentenced to six months in the Arkansas Department of Community Correction, 60 months supervised probation.
5. Chris Hughes, Mississippi State LB, So. (Aug. 31, 2011): two counts of domestic violence, found guilty, sentenced to five days in jail, one year formal probation and counseling, suspended for three games, senior at Mississippi State.
6. Zach Mettenberger, LSU QB, Fr. (March 7, 2010): underage consumption/possession of alcohol, disorderly conduct, obstruction, false identification; pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual battery, alcohol related charges were dropped, sentenced to two concurrent 12 months probation periods, 40 hours of community service, fined $2,000, dismissed from team; transferred to Butler Community College and LSU.
7. Ridge Wilson, Kentucky LB, Sr. (Feb. 26, 2012) and (Sept. 2009): 2009 fourth-degree assault, suspended, reinstated. 2012 felony drug trafficking, dismissed from the team, transferred to West Alabama, undrafted free agent with Kansas City Chiefs
8. Chris Rainey, Florida WR, Jr. (Sept. 14, 2010): aggravated stalking, pleaded guilty, taken by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL draft.
9. Brent Brewer, Tennessee DB, So. (Feb. 13, 2011): misdemeanor domestic assault involving bodily injury or the threat of injury early, charges reduced to "offensive touching," and later dismissed. Senior at South Carolina.
10. Jessamen Dunker, Florida OL, Fr., (Jan. 16, 2013): grand theft of a motor vehicle (scooter), driving with a suspended license, suspended, charges pending. Florida announced in late April that Dunker is transferring.
If you're wondering why LSU's Honey Badger (Tyrann Mathieu) was on the list, he was never arrested for his use of synthetic weed, just flunked multiple drug tests.
And the Jaywalking Award goes to...Jaywalking? LOL.
Bryon Jerideau South Carolina DL, (Jan. 13, 2012): jaywalking, disorderly conduct, undrafted free agent with San Diego Chargers.
Special recognition: Coaches Awards go to..... Missouri!!
Head Coach Gary Pinkel (Nov. 16, 2011): driving while intoxicated, pleaded guilty, 30-day suspended sentence and placed on two years probation.
Assistant Coach Bruce Walker (Aug. 3, 2010): driving while intoxicated
Question for our readers...Does this one count as two?
Zeke Pike, Auburn QB, (June 23, 2012): public intoxication, transferred to Louisville.
Tyrann Mathieu (Honey Badger)