This has gone on long enough. I'll gather up the pitchforks and torches and you round up the mob. Meet me at Ferguson Center in half an hour.
Last Monday, four Alabama football players were arrested on charges varying from second-degree robbery to fraudulent use of a stolen credit card. Today, two of those players had a joint preliminary hearing scheduled.
Eddie Williams is accused of robbing two University of Alabama students. Both students were reportedly beaten to the point of unconsciousness. Williams and teammate Brent Calloway are accused of using one of the assaulted student’s ID card to buy items from a vending machine inside a UA dorm. The hearing for Williams and Calloway has been set for March 19th in Tuscaloosa.
There is no word yet on hearings for two other players — DJ Pettway and Tyler Hayes — accused of taking part in one robbery/beating and being present for the other.
Williams confessed to police that he committed both robberies. Hayes admitted to taking part in the first and watching the second from a nearby vehicle, along with Pettway.
All four players were indefinitely suspended when the arrests came to light last Monday and on Friday, the three players accused in the beatings/robberies were banned from campus pending a University review.
We wrote last week that it was the position of MrSEC.com that the two players who had admitted to police their roles in the violent crimes should be dismissed from Alabama’s team. It’s apparent now that Nick Saban does not intend to go down that road and will instead let the school dismiss the players after its review.
Many Crimson Tide fans have written us to say that coaches cannot dismiss players without due process, but that’s a ridiculous suggestion. Certainly nothing of the sort stopped then-Auburn coach Gene Chizik from immediately dismissing four Auburn football players on the very day of their arrests for robbery in March of 2011.
But, we’re talking about sports fans and fans defend their schools, coaches, and players. If Jeffrey Dahmer had been a four-star prospect on an SEC team there would have plenty of folks in that school’s fanbase ready to claim the poor chap was dealing with an eating disorder.