Remember when we as a fanbase used to joke about other schools' run-ins with the law? Remember hurling such names as "Criminoles" and "Co-Canes" at our rival schools in our state alone? At this point it may be of benefit to take a look at our own school we cheer for ... because it's gotten pretty bad recently with the athletes that represent it.
After the tumultuous off-season began with a shooting by Ronnie Wilson and an alleged fight and theft of a keg at an off-campus party, two more Gators got into some big trouble today: RB Brandon James and basketball forward Brandon Powell.
Courtesy of Gatorsports:
Powell, a 6-foot-3 guard on the UF basketball team and James, a 5-7 kick return specialist on the UF football team, face felony charges of purchase of a controlled substance and misdemeanor charges of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.
The penalties must start scaring some of these guys into not putting themselves into these situations -- or this type of activity may continue. I would like to cheer for a team that can show discipline both on and off the field. As of right now, the second part of that statement is not being fulfilled. A slap on the wrist, which I fear may be the punishment for these guys, just doesn't set a great precedent in these type of situations.