I have said it before and I’ll say it again: the SEC needs a uniform drug policy.
You have some schools, like UGA and Kentucky, who are strict.
I am so sick and tired about hearing from the media that Richt runs a loose ship. Funny, too, how you don’t hear these reports about how much the team lacks discipline when there aren’t any arrests.
College kids are going to smoke weed, regular or the synthetic variety. You cannot tell me that the players at UGA are smoking weed at a significantly higher rate than those at other schools. The difference, as we all know, are the policies in place. Perception is reality.
Then you have the allegations against Auburn. The problem with this is, why would you expect a school and a coach to do the right thing if you aren’t forced to? The only rule they have is the rule themselves made. Who in the SEC office cares if Dakota Mosley failed 7 consecutive weekly drug tests? No one. And that is the problem.
Look at Coach Richt. UGA has finishes of #3 and #2 under Coach Richt’s tenure, and last year was a mere 5 yards short of playing in the National Title game aka winning the National Title. UGA went toe to toe with the mighty Alabama and Nick Saban. It was a heavyweight fight to the very end.
Many other sites and blogs question the strict policies of UGA as a barrier to greatness. I won’t argue that. But they are the rules the athletic administration put in place. And we stick to them.
Auburn fans probably would gladly trade that one glorious season of 2010 for the next 40 years of wandering in the desert. I can rest easy knowing that as long as this regime is in Athens, there might be some bad press about players doing stupid things and “boys being boys”, but there won’t ever be anything of this magnitude reported.
What is more important to us, as fans-winning it all under nefarious means or damn near winning it all by doing it the right way? That is something everyone will have to answer for themselves, but for me, I’m happy with the consistency of the status quo if it means we won’t be embarrassed and faced with NCAA sanctions.
However, all this would not be an issue if Mike Slive and the SEC office would grow a pair and make the drug testing policies uniform across the conference. Clearly schools like Auburn can’t be trusted to do the right thing.