Heat, crime, football players not good mix

It must be mid-summer in the South because so many of the headlines in the Sports section seem to have been plucked from the crime roundup.
“Linebacker faces drug charges.”
“Defensive back suspended indefinitely.”
“Court date set for defensive end.”
They fill up newspaper pages at this time of year because too many college football players settle on unsavory ways to fill the time between spring practice and the start of preseason workouts. Consider the mayhem of the last few weeks, which left a handful of coaches scrambling for the proper get-tough language and a couple players contemplating futures without football.
In Tuscaloosa, Alabama linebacker Jimmy Johns faces charges of selling cocaine and possessing a controlled substance.
In Atlanta, Georgia Tech freshman cornerback Jerrard Tarrant finds himself on indefinite suspension from his team after being charged with rape and sodomy.
In Athens, Georgia players maintained a pace for serial knuckleheadedness that has resulted in seven arrests in seven months, which includes sophomore defensive end Michael Lemon surrendering to police on charges of misdemeanor battery and felony assault.