Posted by Tom Fornelli
I don't know if you pay attention to the Fulmer Cup over at Every Day Should Be Saturday, but if you do, then you already know that there is no way anybody is going to catch Auburn to take the title this year. Still, that doesn't mean some schools aren't going to try, and you have to give Rice some credit. Having four players arrested within 72 hours is nothing to sneeze at.
Which is exactly what happened, as four players from the school were arrested in two separate incidents. One last Saturday, and then another on Monday.
Reserve defensive end Cody Bauer and offensive lineman Cade Shaw were arrested on Saturday for possession of a firearm in their on-campus residence, according to Harris County court records.
Both posted a $5,000 bail bond and were released from custody.
Cornerbacks Kevin Gaddis and Phillip Gaines were arrested in a separate incident Monday.
Gaddis was charged with a pair of misdemeanors — theft of property valued between $50 and $500 and possession of two ounces or less of marijuana, according to the case summary. He posted a $500 bail bond on both charges.
Gaines was arrested on a misdemeanor possession of two ounces or less of marijuana. He posted a $500 bail bond.
“We are aware of the allegations. We take these seriously,” Rice athletic director Rick Greenspan said. “Obviously, we have some investigations to do, both with the campus and off-campus (authorities), and when we have more information we’ll share it.”
The school has yet to make a decision on whether or not the players will be suspended, but I suspect the players will be at some point. As nebulous a description as the famous "violation of team rules" is, I'm pretty sure that being arrested is a violation of just about every team's rules.
Phillip Gaines is the only starter of the bunch, as he started ten games for Rice at corner last season and finished third on the team with ten tackles. While not starters, both Bauer and Gaddis played in all 12 games last year, while Cade Shaw saw limited action in 2010.