While winning two Bowl Championship Series titles, 24 Gators have been arrested in four years under Meyer's watch. Yes, former coach Ron Zook shares some of the blame. Six of the arrests involved players he recruited.
Andrea Adelson of the Orlando Sentinel puts the numbers into context: "The arrest rate for the football team going back to Meyer's first season in 2005 is roughly 10 percent (24 arrests out of 239 players listed on the official roster).
"Compare these numbers to the general population. In 2004, the last year statistics are available, the Uniform Crime Reporting Program of the Department of Justice reported the arrest rate in the United States to be 4.7 percent (4,752.4 arrests per 100,000 residents)."
Thus, Florida players are more than twice as likely to be arrested than a member of the general population.
Although Adelson points out that seven of the Gators eventually had their charges dropped, that doesn't mean the problem should be ignored. "Think about it — how many people do you know who have been arrested? How many of your friends have been arrested? Ten percent?"