Discipline problems still exist

There's no doubting the fact that U of A coach Mike Stoops did a great job of eliminating several of the problems that existed inside the program when he came over from Oklahoma in 2003.

There's no doubting the fact that U of A coach Mike Stoops did a great job of eliminating several of the problems that existed inside the program when he came over from Oklahoma in 2003.

However, like all football programs, there are still issues inside Arizona and lately it seems as if there's been more bad news than usual.

In the spring, Johnathan Turner was suspended from the team after he was arrested for rape. Turner has yet to go through a trial and his future with the Wildcats is currently in question.

Shortly after, walk-on defensive tackle Josh Lewis was suspended for the spring after an inappropriate video between him and a female at a pool party showed up on YouTube.

This summer, sophomore cornerback Mike Turner was suspended from the team, and the general belief is that it's going to be a year before he sees the field again. Stoops hasn't said the reason, but it's believed to be somewhat serious.

The first game of the season saw the U of A go with its back up defensive tackle in Kaniela Tuipultou because starter Lolomana Mikaele was suspended for undisclosed reasons.

That's all not even to mention Tyler Lyon and three walk-ons being suspended for last season due to them getting arrested for MIC's.

Stoops has cleaned up the program infinitely, but there is still work to do to get the team to a place where fans can be proud.

The players aren't doing anything too serious – Justin Levasseur, anyone? – but you would definitely like to see the team following the rules much more than they have lately.

Then again, if Stoops were to win, all this stuff would be easier to overlook, like it is in programs like USC, where the players are constantly in run-ins with the law.

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