When you analyzed each element of Georgia and Alabama before Monday’s national championship game, the Bulldogs and the Crimson Tide appeared even in just about every category.
And that includes number of players arrested in 2017.
Georgia and Alabama, with five arrests each, were co-champions of the seventh annual Golden Handcuffs, an unofficial honor given since 2011 to the SEC football program with the most player arrests in a calendar year.
The Higgins Institute for Athletically Arrested Development, administrator of the Golden Handcuffs, bases the award on arrests tracked by arrestnation.com.
Each year is divided into three periods – January through April 30, which is winter training and spring practice, May 1 through July 31, known as “Arrest Season,” when NCAA rules limit coaches’ contact with their players, and then Aug. 1 through Dec. 31, which is the preseason, regular season and most of the postseason.
Even with 20 arrests since Aug. 1 at the start of preseason training camp through Dec. 31, the 2017 total of 32 arrests of SEC football players is the lowest in the seven-year history