Pike leaves Auburn for the summer

The latest development in the Zeke Pike saga is that the Auburn freshman quarterback has gone home for the summer following his arrest last weekend on a charge of public intoxication.

Charles Goldberg of The Birmingham News reported the news of Pike's leaving for the summer on Monday, although Auburn officials aren't commenting. Goldberg also reported that Pike's arrest wasn't his first off-the-field issue.

With everything Auburn has been through over the past year, the last thing the Tigers need is the distraction of a player acting foolishly off the field when the start of preseason practice is a little more than a month away.

Maybe the best thing for Pike right now is to get away and process everything. He had the benefit of going through spring practice, so it won't be completely new to him in the fall.

The other thing to consider here is that the Tigers aren't exactly swimming in quarterback depth. If either Kiehl Frazier or Clint Moseley were to get hurt, Pike would likely move into the backup role. The Tigers signed a fourth quarterback, Jonathan Wallace of Phenix City, Ala., in the 2012 class, but Wallace didn't graduate early and go through spring practice the way Pike did. So asking him to play early this fall would be a real stretch.