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.
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?