Chris Rainey Forces Urban Meyer To Make Hard Decisions with Florida Gators

Wil BradleyCorrespondent ISeptember 17, 2010

GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 11:  Chris Rainey #3 of the Florida Gators runs for yardage during a game against the South Florida Bulls at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Gainesville Police arrested and charged Florida Gators wide receiver Chris Rainey with a felony stalking charge.

We all know the story by now. Rainey sent a message to his on-again-off-again girlfriend, stating it was “Time to die bitch.”

Needless to say, Rainey deserved to be arrested and charged. Not only did he threaten the woman, but he has now also caused her to be the object of overzealous fans’ idiocy.

His victim stated she no longer feared Rainey but instead all the crazy people calling her phone, threatening her personally.

Rainey’s actions also bring the total number of Gator players arrested and charged under head coach Urban Meyer’s tenure to 30.

Most of the players arrested were involved in crimes such as DUI, behavior not uncommon among young men in the college age range.

These are personal discipline issues. Should Meyer be responsible for what his players do in their personal time? Should Meyer be held responsible for Rainey making threats to a girlfriend?

Shouldn’t we ask questions about these young men’s upbringing? Do the parents hold some responsibility?

With the present logic, if any individual student gets convicted of a crime, then university or college presidents should be looked upon unfavorably and scrutinized.

Fact is, college athletes are young adults. They should act accordingly. When they don’t, why should the head coach be judged?

He or she is a coach, not a chaperone or parent.

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