Last week we well all made aware of the fact that the University of Georgia had one of the 4 most strict Drug and Alcohol Programs in the nation and the University of Florida had a guideline written on a napkin with fat-boy crayons. Well it appears that it works the same way for run-ins with the law. A.C. Leonard, UoF Tight-end, was arrested February 15, 2012 on charges of misdemeanor battery when he allegedly struck and drug his live-in girlfriend across the carpet of the room...UGA had a similar (although much less violent) situation to deal with earlier this year (Sanders Commings) and had delivered discipline out before Commings had been dealt with by the courts. Sanders will sit the first 2 games of the season along with other school enforced actions (not to mention those ordered by the court later).
What about Leonard...well here is what Will Muschamp has done since the arrest (taken from this article on ESPN):
Florida coach Will Muschamp suspended Leonard, who caught eight passes for 99 yards as a freshman last season, after his arrest but reinstated the 6-foot-4, 245-pound sophomore on March 26 and allowed him to participate in spring practice. Muschamp said last week he has not yet determined Leonard's status for Saturday's spring game or the fall season.
"As I stated last week, A.C. has a number of things he has to work through before his status for the fall is addressed," Muschamp said in a statement on Wednesday.
This statement screams "let it die in the media and by the time the season opens everyone will have forgotten about it".
It is time for Mike Slive and the powers that be of the SEC to force the member institutions to be held to the same disciplinary procedures across the conference. Some of the member Universities are far too lenient when it comes to taking illegal actions seriously. The SEC should review all of the programs in the SEC and select the most strict (or just be provided with a copy of UGA's) and publish that as the standard for the conference. Not only will this send a message that the best conference in the nation is serious about creating quality young men and women athletes, but it will also even the competition gap created by his office turning a blind eye to allowing the fox guard the hen house.