Earlier today, Hoosier fans got the unfortunate news that redshirt sophomore and Indianapolis native Caleb Cornett had been arrested (again). Luckily, the charges have already been dismissed, and it appears this was nothing more than your typical, run of the mill “mutual combat scenario.”
We’ve heard plenty regarding the poor behavior of college football players this offseason, but, as usual, the SEC generally steals the spotlight. And really, no one can compete with SEC…when it comes to the number of players being arrested. But what about the Big Ten? Ohio State and Urban Meyer generally have the conference’s worst reputation when it comes to player arrests, but what about everybody else? To answer that question, I dug up records on arrestnation.com and threw them into this nifty little chart. Here’s how the conference’s arrests since 2012 look team-by-team:
First of all, Iowa? There must have been some big arrest involving 10 of the players at once right? Actually it appears the arrests have been pretty evenly spread out since 2012. Who knew Kirk Ferentz was a poor-man’s Urban Meyer?
And Purdue. Oh, Purdue. Boiler fans might actually savor finishing third in something after going 0-11 against FBS opponents last year.
Indiana fans concerned with the team’s reputation can rest easy. Despite this morning’s arrest, the Hoosiers still rank near the bottom of the conference in terms of players arrested since 2012. The only other arrest of an Indiana football player during this span came last August when a walk-on and the Mellencamp boys had a run-in with the authorities, seemingly forgetting that “authority always wins.”