The police report documenting Notre Dame receiver Will Mahone’s alleged behavior during his arrest Sunday, June 15, is — in a word — jarring.
After the report surfaced, it didn’t take long for memories of the 2012 arrests of Tommy Rees and Carlo Calabrese to resurface. Rees was charged with kneeing a police officer in the chest, while Calabrese was charged with intimidation.
But in the wide world of college football, Mahone, Rees and Calabrese hardly stand alone. In fact, NOLA.com reporter Roy Higgins labels this time of year “arrest season,” or “the gap between the end of spring practice and the start of preseason camps in August.”
Arrest Nation reports 95 arrests, citations and charges in college football since the start of 2014.
And despite the recent trickle of arrests tied to Notre Dame, the Irish rap sheet is still relatively clean.
The website reports 1,063 college football arrests since August 2010. The Irish have accounted for five of those, according to the website.
The biggest culprits belong to the Southeast Conference, which has culminated 68 arrests from May 1, 2013, to April 30. Since August 2010, Georgia leads the conference with 19 arrests. Texas A&M and Missouri have had 17 players each arrested since that date.
Even those numbers are dwarfed by national statistics. According to a January report in the journal Crime & Delinquency, 50 percent of black men and 40 percent of white men are arrested at least once on non-traffic-related crimes by the time they turn 23.
Are Notre Dame football players held to a higher standard? Statistically, it looks like most college football players are.
The graph above measures how the top three schools on Forbes’ list of “Most Valuable College Football Teams” compare to the three of the schools with the most arrests since 2010.
Note: Eight Notre Dame players were arrested on misdemeanor charges for underage drinking June 19, 2010, before Arrest Nation started keeping record. The players did not face disciplinary action from the football program.