(UPDATED) Texas college athletes arrested in 2014 (Sarah Rafique's blog)

UPDATED: Texas wide receivers Montrel Meander and Kendall Sanders were arrested Thursday on felony sexual assault charges. The university suspended them indefinitely.

Sanders also faces a charge of improper photography. Texas coach Charlie Strong said in a statement that both players have been suspended from the football team.

"We've been monitoring and addressing the situation with Kendall (Sanders) and Montrel (Meander) since it was brought to our attention," Strong said. "It's been made clear to everyone on our team that treating women with respect is one of our core values, and I'm extremely disappointed that two young men in our program have been accused of not doing that. With the recent charges against them, they have been suspended indefinitely from our football team and will no longer participate in any team functions."

To view a slideshow of all the Texas athletes arrested this so far year, as well as information on what disciplinary action was taken against them, go to http://lubbockonline.com/slideshow/2014-07-13/texas-college-athletes-arrested-2014#slide-1

After Nigel Bethel’s dismissal – and reinstatement – to the Texas Tech football team, I was curious about what disciplinary action other Texas colleges take when athletes find themselves in potential trouble with the law.

Despite a blow from Bethel that caused Lady Raider Amber Battle to receive surgery, no charges were filed against him after a grand jury reviewed the incident and announced its decision Thursday.

Still, 12 Texas college athletes have been arrested so far this year for various charges, ranging from alleged public intoxication to allegedly stealing televisions from a Walmart.

The most notable arrest was Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill, who was arrested in March for a charge of public intoxication after police say they found him passed out “in a planter full of rocks and plants” at a restaurant in College Station, according to the Houston Chronicle. Hill was indefinitely suspended from athletic activities and reinstated about a month later.

Seven of the 12 athletes arrested so far this year are from Texas A&M’s football team. The others are from Baylor, TCU and North Texas.

What, if anything, do you think colleges should do to reprimand its athletes who break the law?

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Out of all Texas college athletes what percentage get in trouble? How does that compare to college students generally? 12 is not a lot. But that number may be way underreported.

Are crimes committed by college athletes not reported? Seems campus sexual assault is definitely underreported or unreported. I think this is the elephant in the room.

There's another issue that came up in connection with alleged rapes committed by Florida football players, and that is that at least where star athletes are concerned, it is not unknown for police to smother complaints. See the stories that broke earlier this year, about a young woman who thought she made a complaint but the cops didn't file it. A literal "quarterback rule," where they didn't want to mess up the career of the most famous member of the team, if not the whole community. (There's an exception to statutory rape nick-named "the quarterback rule" but that is more directed to high school and Jr. high.)

To get to your question. Should the rules be tougher on student athletes than on students generally? I vote they should be the same. Yeah, athletes represent the school and so on, but still...


The question should be

Do student athletes suffer the same consequences as non-athletes when they break the law? Not just from the school, but from law enforcement officials, as well. If not, why?

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