Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Tribute to the Texas Longhorns

As a tribute to the Texas Longhorns, the Criminal Athletes blog has converted our colors from Black to UT Burnt Orange.

Yet another Longhorn was arrested today bringing the total to 6 since June. Which by the way, is two more then Colt McCoy has touchdown passes and two more then the entire team has rushing touchdowns. Give the Horns credit though, they have played powerhouses like Arkansas State and Central Florida.

Mack Brown had this to say about the situation:

"I am really proud of the Texas football program and all it has stood for during our 10 years in Austin," Brown said in his statement. "We've built a great program within the rules with a foundation of integrity, hard work, academic commitment and winning. We unfortunately had a number of student-athletes who have been accused of making poor decisions this past summer, with James' situation joining that group.

"Young people who do not obey the law, University or team rules will continue to be disciplined with a stern hand and we will move forward. We continue to have a zero tolerance policy in that regard. That said, I will put our long-term record of character up against anyone and that's why these situations upset me so much."

Let's review the Longhorns legal problems.

James Henry - Obstruction, Suspended indefinitely - RB with no carries in the first 3 games.

Tyrell Gatewood - Drugs, Suspended indefinitely - DB with 2 tackles in 2 games this year and a total of 12 tackles all of 2006.

Dre Jones - Aggravated Robbery, Suspended indefinitely - True Freshman, not expected to contribute.

Robert Joseph - Aggravated Robbery, Suspended indefinately - Has left the team because of an earlier incident.

Sergio Kindle - DUI, 3 Game Suspension - Recorded 21 tackles and 4 tackles for a loss in 2006, expected to compete for a starting position.

Henry Melton - DUI, 3 Game Suspension - Converted from RB and was expected to start in 2007.

So let's recap the situation... three players that probably would not have contributed to the team this year are suspended indefinitly, two probable starters are both suspended for three cupcake games. So much for Mack's "Zero Tolerance" policy.

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