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New York Times: 34% Of Florida’s 2008 Team Have Been Arrested

Urban Meyer lookThe New York Times becomes the latest media outlet to scrutinize the Florida Gators in the Urban Meyer years in the wake of the Aaron Hernandez murder investigation. As the Times points out, much has been made of the often cited statistic of 31 arrests during the Meyer era in Gainesville from 2005 to 2010.  The paper zeroed in on the 2008 roster and produced an even larger number when arrests after college are included.

 

A roster on the university’s Web site lists 121 players, 41 of whom have been arrested, either in college or afterward, and sometimes both. That number included 16 players on that season’s final two-deep roster, nine of whom were starters, as well as a kicker, punter and returner. Several of those players went on to the N.F.L., and one, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, later won the Heisman Trophy playing for Auburn.

 

41 of 121 players means 34% of that team has an arrest record.  The Times points out that  ”most of the cases never went to trial, the charges having been dropped or pleaded down.” You can view the 2008 Florida Gators roster here. The Times asked the Gainesville police department for a comparison of the arrest rate for football players during the Meyer years compared with the general arrest rate for Florida students.  According to the paper, the spokesman says the numbers would be difficult to compare.

Responding to critics that he didn’t do enough to discipline or help Hernandez, Meyer said yesterday “relating or blaming these serious charges to Univ. of Florida, myself or our staff is wrong and irresponsible.” A Q and A with Meyer is posted today at the Columbus Dispatch website.

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Kevin Ware Is Headed To Louisville

Basketball prospect Kevin Ware has decided to play at Louisville.

The one-time Tennessee signee and Central Florida commit chose Louisville over Georgia. Ware, who attends Rockdale County High School in Conyers, Ga., decided to commit to Louisville during an official visit on Monday.

“It has been a long journey, with a few twists and turns, and now it’s all done,” Ware’s stepfather, Wesley Junior, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Louisville is accepting Ware’s commitment despite questions surrounding his recruitment. Ware’s name came up last month in reports by ESPN and the New York Times regarding an NCAA investigation into the recruitment at Central Florida.

Ware’s name was linked to Ken Caldwell, who is associated with ASM Sports Agency and has been accused of pushing athletes to Central Florida.

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Georgia on Kevin Ware’s List Of Schools

Kevin Ware’s recruitment continues to be difficult to follow.

The one-time Tennessee signee and Central Florida commit updated the list of schools he’s considering on Tuesday night. Ware posted on his Twitter account (@_incrediblekid) that he’s considering Georgia, Louisville, UCLA, Kansas and Kansas State. Ware said he has no order of favorites.

Could Central Florida get back in the mix? It depends on the current investigation into the recruiting practices at UCF.

The school has been contacted by the NCAA
following reports from ESPN and the New York Times linking UCF and Ken Caldwell, who reportedly has ties with ASM Sports Agency.

Caldwell is also accused of pushing athletes toward UCF. Kevin Ware’s name was specifically mentioned in the reports.

“We take the current allegations of NCAA violations very seriously,” UCF associate director of athletics for communications Joe Hornstein said in a statement. “Our review of this matter began immediately upon receiving notice. It is premature for us to provide comment regarding these allegations at this time, without having the opportunity to thoroughly and competeley review the facts. Following our review we will appropriately address this matter.”

Meanwhile, other schools will continue to recruit Ware. They just might want to be careful considering the latest developments in his strange recruitment.

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