Les, in your sacred quest for SEC fairness, you could be a real mensch and advocate that the conference schools immediately drop their individual drug policies. What was that? Sorry, I couldn’t hear you over the crickets.
Of course, that’s not gonna happen for one simple reason: if SEC schools don’t test for marijuana, then that responsibility falls to the NCAA, and the NCAA penalty for drug use is an automatic one-year suspension. The SEC, like nature, abhors a vacuum.
So what you’re left with is a hodge-podge of procedures and punishments determined by each school. And that’s how they like it.
SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said a conference-wide standard has been discussed at least twice during his 10-year tenure but that league members have opted against one to this point.
It’s sort of like letting local governments decide things important to their constituents. Who wants some SEC bureaucrat deciding whether a star linebacker has to sit for toking a little weed when “Alabama allows the athletic director, head coach and its Sports Medicine Committee to determine what, if any, penalty is warranted after a first positive test”? It’s always easier when the decision makers are the constituents.
By the way, this has to be my favorite drug penalty evah:
Currently, a second positive test at Mississippi might simply mean the loss of free tickets for family and/or community service.
They actually need a “might” and an “and/or” for that. Tough stuff, indeed.
Ladies and gentlemen (and Les), this is your SEC. Cherish it. After you stop chuckling, that is.