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Florida, Florida State At The Center Of ESPN Report Regarding Athletes Evading Prosecution

ESPN's Outside The Lines' Paula Levigne published a meaty report today, and Florida and Florida State fans probably won't like what it says.

Levigne's investigation centered on determining whether men's basketball and football players at 10 major programs avoid prosecution for crimes they are accused of. This piece covers from 2009-14, and as we said before, it is extensive. It's best read in-depth here if you have some free time. 

ESPN looked into 10 programs --Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Michigan State, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Texas A&M and Wisconsin--and sued Notre Dame and Michigan State University for not releasing material. Still, the investigation uncovered the harshest findings at UF and FSU. 

But available reports showed that [former running back Chris] Rainey's alma mater, Florida, had the most athletes -- 80 -- named as suspects in more than 100 crimes at Florida. Yet the athletes either never faced charges, had charges against them dropped or were not prosecuted 56 percent of the time. When Outside the Lines examined a comparison set of cases involving college-age males in Gainesville, 28 percent of the crimes ended either without a record of charges being filed or by charges eventually being dropped.

Florida State had the second-highest number of athletes named in criminal allegations: 66 men's basketball and football athletes. In 70 percent of those incidents, the athletes either never faced charges, had charges against them dropped or were not prosecuted. By comparison, cases ended up without being prosecuted 50 percent of the time among a sample of crimes involving college-age males in Tallahassee.

Yikes. As we said there's a lot to digest in Levigne's report, so we suggest reading it thoroughly.