It doesn’t appear to be for an arrest, because as four of DePriest’s former Crimson Tide teammates found out in the spring, an arrest for a serious charge will result in dismissal – nothing as nice as a simple suspension.
If DePriest does what he’s supposed to do, he should be back in plenty of time to practice for the season opener.
It’s hard to imagine that at LSU – which emphasizes big-time football about as much as Alabama – Les Miles has taken a decidedly different approach to sophomore running back Jeremy Hill’s case. Hill has been convicted of two crimes since January 2012 – sex with a minor, and battery when he punched another man outside a bar.
Granted, both are misdemeanor convictions, but aren’t they worth a suspension of at least one game? If your answer is yes, Miles disagrees with you. Hill was suspended, but the suspension was lifted in time to join preseason practice.
The season doesn’t start for more than two weeks. There still is time for Miles to reverse himself and put Hill on the bench. For the sake what’s right, Miles should reconsider.
Besides, with all those great recruiting classes Miles has brought to campus, isn’t there anybody else on scholarship who can carry the ball for a game or two?
Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.