A vital member of the UW football team is arrested. He is suspended by the school in accordance with its student-athlete discipline policy. He is reinstated just in time to suit up for the next big on-field assignment.
It's happened three times since last September, which makes you wonder: The powers-that-be at UW have to know how this looks, don't they?
It looks calculated and dubious. It looks like powerful people are playing the privacy angles, all in the name of making sure UW Athletics runs at optimal speed.
UW athletic director Barry Alvarez said he isn't worried about how it looks to us.
"I know the facts," he said. "We're not making the decision (based) on timing or concerned about how it appears. We're doing what we think is right and what we think is fair for the kid."
Ummm.... no. Here's what I predict is going to happen. The charges against Ikegwuonu are going to be dropped after he wins a suppression hearing. He and his brother are good students. I'm almost positive this was some big misunderstanding.
Lance will enter some first offender program, complete a bunch of counseling and community service, and his charges will also be dropped.
Compare this to Florida's offseason. I think they've had three or four people arrested for things like DUIs and bar fights.
Didn't Coach Bielema kick Booker Stanley off the team as one of his first orders of business when he became HC? That's a hell of a lot more than five downs.