I’ll start my annual Saturday blogging on college football in earnest next week. But I thought it might be worth making at least one early post today in light of the situation in Baton Rouge.
The news broke yesterday (see above) that two LSU players turned themselves in to the police after a warrant had been issued for their arrest. At issue was a recent bar-brawl in which one witness alleged that LSU’s starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson had kicked someone in the face. We don’t know yet exactly what happened here, but LSU head coach Les Miles is encouraging Jefferson to defend himself (see below). Perhaps Coach Miles is convinced of Jefferson’s innocence in the whole matter. That’s the impression that he gave in the press conference, and I hope that proves to be true.
Even though we don’t know the whole story yet about this bar brawl, we do know that stories like this one are far too common among college athletes. So I will make just one general comment that may or may not apply in this case. College football programs ought never to coddle thuggery. The desire to field the best athletes should never be used as an excuse to cover-up or paper-over bad conduct among players. I don’t care what team it is—even the ones I pull for.