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Bob's Blog: Perspective on the UT Arrests

Updated: Thursday, July 24 2014, 11:00 PM CDT

Multiple people have asked me today what the suspensions of Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander mean for Texas football this year, and how it will impact the 2014 team.

The only response I can come up with is this - who the hell cares?

If the charges of sexual assault are in fact true, a woman's life is changed forever.  And if you haven't read the affadavit in this case, don't.  You can't unsee the horrific details.

Charlie Strong was very direct -- and very detailed -- about his five core values for this program.  He has them plastered across the UT football facilities for everyone to see with good reason.

Be honest.  Treat women with respect.  No drugs.  No stealing.  No guns.

Even at big 12 media days on Tuesday - when Strong knew that police had investigated the case going on four weeks - he said it wasn't a point he really had to hammer away because they are all things players grew up knowing.

A great question was raised to me today - does Strong really need to teach the players - treat women with respect?

The most notable statistic I could find that screamed the answer is yes came from RAINN - the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.  80 percent of victims are under the age of 30.

So Charlie Strong is wrong on one front -- it is absolutely a point that he needs to hammer home.

Not because two players are charged with a crime today, but because as a team, they can do something about it moving forward.  

And isn't that the point?  When mistakes are made, make them matter in your life.

If the charges prove true, Sanders and Meander could have the opportunity to transfer to another school and start over.

Their victim never gets that chance.  She can't transfer what happened from her memory.  She has a long fight ahead to put this behind her.

Charlie Strong said it best.  If you don't want to be a part of this football team, break a core value.  He's determined to make them great on the field - but he's damn sure going to make sure he does the same off it.

Bob's Blog: Perspective on the UT Arrests


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