With the offseason in full swing now that every major college football program has concluded spring practice, the off-field issues have, predictably, seen an uptick as part of the slow progression into a new season.
The unfortunate football program that’s next in line is Texas, with three members of the Longhorns facing misdemeanor charges following an early-morning incident Monday.
With a tip o’ the cap to Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News, KXAN-TV in Austin is reporting that defensive end Alex Okafor (pictured), safety Kenny Vaccaro and tight end Barrett Matthews — all seniors, incidentally — were arrested very early Monday morning and charged with failure to obey a lawful order. Another former UT player, Eryon Barnet, was charged as a result of the same incident as well.
From the station’s website:
According to police, officers were called out to a disturbance in the 300 block of East Sixth Street at 1:29 a.m.
The officers asked the four men to leave the establishment. But when they refused, the officers took them into custody, police said.
All three of the current players are starters on the most recent depth chart, with Okafor and Vaccaro serving as key cogs in UT’s defense. Those two started all 13 games in 2011, with the former a unanimous first-team All-Big 12 selection and the latter a first-team pick by the coaches as well.
Matthews played in all 13 games last season, starting three of those contests. he finished with two receptions for nine yards.
Neither UT nor head coach Mack Brown has addressed the situation as of yet.