Miami long ago earned a reputation as Thug U, a tag the Hurricanes might never shake. But Sun Sentinel columnist Dave Hyde says Urban Meyer's Florida Gators are the real outlaw team in the Sunshine State these days.
In the past two seasons since Randy Shannon has become coach, only one Hurricane player has been arrested. That was freshman Robert Marve for breaking a car mirror. Amd Marve is no longer with the team, having transferred to Purdue.
Florida's arrest total is 15. Hyde writes: "Florida players have punched women, stolen property and been involved with guns and drugs. Yet nobody on ESPN is so much as reporting this. Nobody at Sports Illustrated is saying the Florida team picture should be taken from the front and the side.
"Nobody at all is suggesting the University of Florida's championship luster should be dimmed even a little over the past four years by the arrest of 23 football players."
Hyde adds: "But a couple of quiet years under Shannon can't completely erase years of issues. They help explain why I hope Shannon succeeds at Miami, though. He is trying to show that winning and behavior aren't tied together. That's the cliche: On-field success and bad off-field behavior have a direct relationship.
"Miami provides this warning to Florida: You're one ugly story or video moment from turning those 23 arrests under Meyer into national fodder. He better get a handle on this."