The SEC is already off to a good start in 2016. And it has nothing to do with the on-field product.
Barring a disciplinary meltdown around the conference in the coming days, the SEC will have its lowest arrest total through the first three months of the year since 2011, according to a report from NOLA.com’s Ron Higgins.
The league-wide arrest total during January, February and March is seven apprehensions, which is five fewer than last year’s total of 12. This could be viewed as an encouraging sign for the conference and commissioner Greg Sankey, but the question will be whether this drop off translates into the summer, when players are out of school and finished with spring practice.
The time period from May 1 to July 31 is notably worrisome, as Higgins reports 72 SEC players and coaches have been arrested during that timeframe.
The SEC hasn’t had many bouts with the law through the first quarter of 2016, but it will be important to monitor whether the discipline remains through the summertime.