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Tide frosh Calloway arrested on marijuana charges

Posted on: October 21, 2011 12:16 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2011 2:11 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Barring a shocker on the part of Auburn or Tennessee this week, LSU's Nov. 5 visit to Alabama is still shaping up as the Game of the Century of the Year. But neither the Tigers nor the Tide seems to be showing much in the way of discipline with two weeks to go.

On the heels of the suspensions for three key LSU players comes the news that Crimson Tide freshman running back Brent Calloway was arrested early Friday morning and charged with second-degree possession of marijuana.

Per the Tuscaloosa News, Calloway was booked shortly after 12:45 a.m. and has since been released from Tuscaloosa County Jail. A vehicle in which Calloway was a passenger was stopped by police for not having its lights on, and according to officers a search produced a small bag of marijuana in Calloway's possession.

A Crimson Tide spokesperson said that Nick Saban had been informed of the arrest and would deal with Calloway's punishment within the program. "Coach Saban is aware of the situation and like all other disciplinary action, this will be handled internally," he said.

The arrest is yet another turn in what has been a tumultuous calendar year for the one-time five-star prospect out of Russellville, Ala. A longtime Crimson Tide commit expected to play linebacker, Calloway turned heads at the Army All-American game by suddenly announcing that he'd be signing with Auburn instead to play running back. But on Signing Day, Calloway faxed his LOI to Tuscaloosa, eventually claiming he'd been turned off by the Tigers signing other running backs. Calloway then took longer to receive his NCAA qualification and was one of the final members of the Tide's 2011 class to arrive on campus.

He has yet to see this field this season and was expected to redshirt, meaning that whatever punishment Saban has in store for him won't have nearly the kind of on-field impact that the LSU suspensions will. In fact, it won't have any kind of on-field impact at all.

But given the immense stakes of any and every game Alabama plays from here on out, there's little doubt that Saban's not going to stand for even the slightest of distractions ... and that Calloway's career, which seemed to already be struggling to gain traction in Tuscalooa, is about to have another hurdle thrown in front of it.
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Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:40 pm
 

Tide frosh Calloway arrested on marijuana charges

Here is a time when a coach has an opportunity to do the right thing.  In all reality, this is ultimately a minor offense but an offense that is punishable nonetheless.  Since Calloway is most likely to redshirt this year anyway, his initial punishment should be community service in the form of awareness for teens in terms of drug use. 

Secondary to that should be a 1 game suspension at a time when he has actually earned some playing time, perhaps next year.  Obviously a suspension this year would be nothing more than lip service because he isn't going to see the field any time this year anyway.

I'm all for giving everybody a second chance and I think Calloway will get his, but there has to be some form of consequence for detrimental actions
 
Keldreth - Saban's not going to do anything to Calloway (he didn't even suspend Courtney Upshaw for even a quarter of a game for getting arresting for assulting his girlfriend in front of a cop - a misdomeaner POT possession isn't even going to hit the radar).  If Calloway doesn't pan out, Saban will cut him & revoke his scholarship in a year or 2 to make room for oversigning and the UAT faithful will swear it's because he got caught w/ Doobie & got put in Saban's doghouse.



Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2011 8:11 pm
 

Tide frosh Calloway arrested on marijuana charges

Once again, when the SEC has a pot charge, his defenders dismiss it as no big deal, just a college student acting like college students do.  But last year, when Iowa had a player with a pot charge, the media went wild and the SEC fans all argued that rules are rules and regardless of how serious the rule, it must be enforced.  I guess the SEC is having a contest to see how many players can break rules.  The one with the most violations is the national champion.



Since: Oct 18, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2011 7:02 pm
 

Tide frosh Calloway arrested on marijuana charges

Not really a backfire.  He'd be starting at Auburn right now. 

But at Alabama, he has to get in line behind a stable of Parade All-Americans.



Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 6:56 pm
 

Tide frosh Calloway arrested on marijuana charges

big whoop. people still talk about pot like its a big deal. marijuana is already california's largest crop. soon to be decriminalized in a state near you..



Since: Aug 7, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 6:12 pm
 

Tide frosh Calloway arrested on marijuana charges

Oh come on. Everybody in college smokes pot. Plus who cares, this guy is probably 4th string. I remember the Bama fans ragging the Auburn fans when this guy picked Bama over Auburn. Haha. BACKFIRE!




Since: Sep 17, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2011 3:52 pm
 

Tide frosh Calloway arrested on marijuana charges

Here is a time when a coach has an opportunity to do the right thing.  In all reality, this is ultimately a minor offense but an offense that is punishable nonetheless.  Since Calloway is most likely to redshirt this year anyway, his initial punishment should be community service in the form of awareness for teens in terms of drug use. 

Secondary to that should be a 1 game suspension at a time when he has actually earned some playing time, perhaps next year.  Obviously a suspension this year would be nothing more than lip service because he isn't going to see the field any time this year anyway.

I'm all for giving everybody a second chance and I think Calloway will get his, but there has to be some form of consequence for detrimental actions.



Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 3:21 pm
 

Tide playah's are dope...the real stuff

I guess you could say he was on a Crimson High---until the Po-po brought him back down to earth.



Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 2:44 pm
 

Tide frosh Calloway arrested on marijuana charges

If it were Trent Richardson, you'd never hear about it
Trent's no fool he only smokes weed at Tom Albetar's house that way he doesn't have to pay for it.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: October 21, 2011 2:40 pm
 

Tide frosh Calloway arrested on marijuana charges

I might look at this differently if he was the one driving, but he was not.  This is minor offense and little should be made of it, and not just because he is a backup, but because of the "crime".  In the years to come, people will look at this generation and think we were nuts for having marijuana illegal in the first place.  Just stupid. 



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 2:17 pm
 

Tide frosh Calloway arrested on marijuana charges

If it were Trent Richardson, you'd never hear about it.  <br />



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