Posted by Jerry Hinnen
As criminal offenses go, "possession of alcohol by minor" ranks pretty far down the list in terms of seriousness.
But for a college football player already with one such charge on his record and a new coach promising a zero-tolerance approach to law-breaking, Florida safety Matt Elam may find some hot water all the same over his weekend citation for just that offense.
While apparently not arrested in the technical legal sense, Elam was briefly taken into custody after police officers spotted him throwing a plastic cup to the ground that was found to contain Hennessy cognac and Coke. He was released with a promise to appear in court Sunday.
The citation was Elam's second for possession of alcohol in as many years, the sophomore having been previously charged in 2010 for holding a can of the alcoholic energy drink "Four Loko" in a parking lot.
A Florida spokesman said the incident would be handled "internally," suggesting that Elam won't face a suspension. But given Will Muschamp's emphasis on the law-abiding "Florida Way" this offseason, he may be one more strike -- of any level of seriousness -- from much more substantial consequences.