The Colorado State Way?

It sounds like Mike Bobo has brought one proud tradition with him to his new gig.

Q: Georgia has strict policies on drugs and alcohol. You are now coaching in a state that has legalized recreational marijuana use. Obviously the NCAA has drug-related guidelines, but will you maintain similar rules to the ones you had at Georgia?

A: “We don’t want guys on our football team or in this program or at this university who are going to abuse drugs, so we’re going to have a strict policy. When parents send their young men here, we’re going to make sure their kids are doing the right things on and off the field. Kids are going to make mistakes, and we’re going to discipline them.

“As for suspensions, we’re going to adhere to university policy. It’s not permitted on campus, and it’s not legal in the eyes of the NCAA.”

Mamas, he won’t let your babies grow up to be tokers.

Although if you parse his answer carefully, nowhere does he state that it’s school policy to suspend players caught with maryjane for the first time from games.  That’s because school policy is rather open-ended on the topic. And since Mike Bobo ain’t no fool, my guess is that he’ll be, too.

Flexibility has its benefits.  I wonder if CSU tests its football players the day after they come back from spring break.


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15 responses to “The Colorado State Way?

  1. Scorpio Jones, III

    When he says he does not want his guys to abuse drugs, that’s not the same thing as saying he does not want them to smoke pot, is it?


    • What I was thinking. “Abuse” being the key word. Then again…he comes from the old school where abuse can mean just thinking about the devil weeds. My grandmother, God rest her beautiful soul, she’d tell me that I need to repent for even talking about this.


  2. Correct ☺️. Smoke ‘Em if you got ‘Em.


  3. Jack Klompus

    ‘Tis Colorado with a dispensary on every corner. It would be quite a challenge to have Georgia’s drug policy in Ft Collins.


  4. Gaskilldawg

    Bobo has to recruit out of state kids. Can you imagine him telling recruits that they will be suspended if they do the same things their classmates do legally under state law?


  5. Normaltown Mike

    If Georgia did have legal dispensaries, we would hopefully not see these stores anymore….


  6. SouthGaDawg

    If Bobo is smart, is use this old adage – “Public rules – private punishment” He’ll punish his players by running them at 5am til they puke (Just about everybody else’s way) rather than suspend them game time (the Georgia way). Punishment #1 is very effective and punishes the individual player. Punishment #2 is ineffective and punishes the whole team.


  7. j4k372

    I would guess that the percentage of Colorado college kids that are walking around with marijuana in their system has risen dramatically. Second hand smoke at parties will be common place now that it is legal.

    The NCAA treats pot just like other performance enhancing drugs. I think that will have to change.

    I did find this from another column regarding CSU and pot…

    “Penalties for failing a drug test administered by the school are less severe. Those testing positive the first time are required to undergo an evaluation by the CSU Health Network, which can recommend the athlete participate in a treatment program. Although suspension from practices and games are possible for a first-time test, they are not required.”