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Muschamp Doesn’t Believe There’s A Chronic Problem At Florida

In the parlance of our times — I need to watch “The Big Lebowski” again — chronic is a slang term for marijuana.  Many people believe that since one former Florida football player says 75% of the 2006 team smoked weed and since there have been continued pot-related arrests for the Gator football team… that UF has a chronic “chronic” issue.

Will Muschamp disagrees.  Speaking to a Gator booster club in Orlando yesterday, the new Florida coach was asked if he believes marijuana use has become a widespread problem in his program.

“No, I certainly don’t,” he said.  “I think it’s all isolated situations.  We’ve got a good situation going.  We’ve got some good kids on our football team.  Some guys made poor choices and decisions; that shouldn’t reflect on the whole team.”

Perhaps that’s why the coach hasn’t spoken specifically about weed to his players.  “Not specifically, but we’re constantly in the mental conditioning stage with our football team of making good choices and decisions.  It’s a constant effort.  When you’re dealing with young people, that’s every day.”

He continued: “It’s not going to change.  We could have no incidents for 10 years, but we’re still going to be doing it.  When you’re dealing with young people — I’m a parent.  My kids aren’t as old as the kids I’m coaching, but when you’re dealing with young people, you’re always in that developmental stage of making good choices.”

A good choice for the UF program — if there really is no widespread weed problem on the football team — might be to give some more teeth to the athletic department’s ridiculously lenient five-strikes program.  Say, four strikes.  Maybe?

 


8 comments
lakesidegator
lakesidegator

The only thing I have against players smoking pot is that it is, for many people a de-motivator. I'd prefer to see the Gators
all be as motivated as possible.

B Roberts
B Roberts

I think it is fair to say that college aged kids have a marijuana "problem". The 75% estimate that Wondy Pierre Louis (who earned his 4 year schollie against Arkansas in the SEC CG) threw out seems alarming, but what percentage of UF students, or students in general have at least experimented with marijuana? What about underage drinking? Would it be safe to say at least 75% of college students experiment with underage drinking? I'd not bet against it.

that said, it is illegal, guys should not do it, or at the very least be smart. I asked Brady Ackerman if he thought drug usage was higher today versus when he played at UF (88-91). he said that schools test more these days and players aren't as smart (IE carrying a joint in your pocket downtown as opposed to smoking at a friends off campus apartment). Pretty interesting.

I also support Johns idea of a conference wide testing and punishment policy. makes sense to me
seems to me UF has a "getting caught" problem more than a weed problem.

foley
foley

Hey tracer, didn't he just kick a first round draft pick off the team for "a marijuana issue"......Doesn't that answer that question "specifically"?

G8trpls
G8trpls

Wow, 4 pot related incidents, unbelievable. What sort of drugs in Janzen Jackson currently in rehab, for? Is he on the Erik Ainge, cocaine, heroin, whatever I can find program.

blowhard
blowhard

You just don't get it do you....

Tracer Round
Tracer Round

Obviously Muschamp is part of the problem if he has not addressed the marijuana issue "specifically."

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Hate to disappoint...

But we've written plenty on both of the topics you mentioned. The bar fight in Knoxville happened a year ago and is no longer in the news. Also, for the time being, Janzen Jackson is not on UT's team. If he is reinstated, you can expect us to comment.

Regarding the Erik Ainge story, when that broke we wrote that it raised questions about UT's drug-testing policy and who knew what. We even stated that it could -- if the story spiraled -- derail any hopes of Phillip Fulmer becoming the school's next athletic director.

The Florida story posted today quotes Will Muschamp who was asked by Florida fans about marijuana use on his team yesterday. A) That's about as recent an event as you can get. B) Would you prefer we not report when an SEC coach is questioned about drug use on his team? I'm guessing if Mark Richt or Les Miles had been asked the same question you'd have no problem with us posting the story... which by default renders your opinion supremely biased.

Perhaps instead of thinking that this is a pro-UT site -- because I currently live in Knoxville (after also living in Kentucky, North Carolina and Ohio) -- you should focus on what is news and what isn't. (That or read the emails I get from Tennessee fans who believe I hate their school.)

Florida has had four pot-related arrests on its football team this year. UF's coach and the school are having to answer questions from the Florida media and from Florida fans about why that continues to be an issue.

We're simply bringing you that news... and sharing our opinion that UF should toughen up its drug policy.

John

haha
haha

Especially after the Erik Ainge revelations, Does UT have a heroin/cocaine/ prescription drug problem??

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