The Year of the Fulmer Cup?

No word yet on whether or not Aaron Douglas is vowing to singlehandedly bring 'Bama back to the top, but for now it looks like Auburn has overtaken the Tide in the vaunted Fulmer Cup standings. Per Fox 6:

The Auburn Police Department tells News Leader 9 that four Auburn University football players have been arrested and charged with five counts of robbery.

Police arrested Antonio Goodwin, 20, Kowaski Kitchens, 19, Michael McNeil, 22, and Harrison Mosley, 19.

Police say around 12:25 Friday morning, they responded to a robbery at a home located at 2300 block of Wire Road.

The victims at that address told police three men entered their home with a handgun and robbed them of their personal property. Five people were inside the home at the time of the robbery.

My personal response here is "meh." Yes, the allegations sound pretty serious and could land these guys in hot water. It doesn't take the ghost of Johnnie Cochran to realize that armed break-ins of occupied dwellings in the middle of the night usually elicit harsh judicial responses.  Having said that, I learned long ago to never underestimate the ability of first-time offenders to skate with judges facing congested dockets and overcrowded prisons, so who knows?

The early word is that Gene Chizik has kicked all four off the team -- if so, big kudos to him for doing the right thing -- but September is a long time away and it's more than enough time for a couple of these guys to work their way back into the good graces if the circumstances so allow. We'll have to wait and see exactly what it means moving forward. One way or the other, though, as much as we bash Chizik around here but given the severity of the allegations he should get credit for not hesitating before taking action here.

Nevertheless, this was already addressed in the fanshots and I figure it will be discussed further, so we might as well have a post about it. One way or the other, to those who feel the inclination to do so, I'd suggest no one gloat over this one. Remember back in 2008 when we were all pointing at laughing at the string of arrests in Knoxville? Um, yeah, I'm pretty sure one of those days we were laughing was the same day Jimmy Johns was selling blow in the parking lot a mere 150 feet from the Alabama coaches' offices. In other words, just enjoy the offseason popcorn and be glad it's not us.

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