Following Tuesday's news that two Texas A&M football players were arrested for aggravated robbery, university chancellor John Sharp is taking steps to bring the team and local law enforcement closer together. Sharp is hosting a barbecue for the players and officers, and honestly, its a pretty brilliant idea. Brent Zwerneman of MySanAntonio.com agrees:
It certainly couldn’t hurt – and it likely will help on the “educational” front, as one A&M staffer put it. Meaning the two sides breaking bread together and talking cop-shop and football and NBA Finals and plenty of other topics far removed from Kyle Field and the Northgate bar district is a good thing, following a rash of arrests over the past year for third-year coach Kevin Sumlin’s program.
As he notes, many will likely make the obvious jokes, and rival fans will probably accuse the school of trying to get in the good graces of the police for leniency, but if this is all about have the players and officers meet at a middle ground and partake in an event that doesn't involve something negative, it really is a good thing.