Pot a problem in college football? Depends which school you ask
Not too long ago, I was having coffee with the athletics director at a BCS school and we began talking about some of his biggest challenges. That's when he said:
"The marijuana situation is the worst I've ever seen it."
If you read only the headlines, it's pretty clear that football players testing positive for marijuana or getting busted for possession is not rare. Georgia returns 10 of 11 starters from the No. 5 defense in the nation. But at least two of those starters -- defensive backs Branden Smith and Bacarri Rambo -- are expected to miss at least one game this season due to marijuana issues.
ESPN.com recently spoke to 19 people who either played at Oregon or had some affiliation with the school or the football program. Based on those interviews, the story concluded that between 40-60 percent of Oregon players in recent years have used marijuana. School officials, including coach Chip Kelly, deny that marijuana use is that widespread at Oregon.
"If we had that many kids doing it, we wouldn't be 34-6," said Kelly, citing Oregon's record in his three years as head coach.
Four TCU football players were caught in a campus-wide drug bust that netted 17 arrests last February.
The list could go on and on, but two questions must be asked here:
How big of a problem is marijuana use in college football?
Or it is really a problem at all? If a lot of football players are using marijuana, does anybody outside of the adults who work at the school really care?
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