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.