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3 Suspended LSU Players Not Cleared For Bama Game Yet; Time For A Uniform Drug Policy In The SEC

LSU chancellor Michael Martin said this morning that Les Miles will not make the final decision on the availability of currently-suspended Spencer Ware, Tyrann Mathieu, and Tharold Simon as the team prepares for its monster game with Alabama in two weeks.

“The athletic director will ultimately make the decision, and he’ll consult with me.  Fortunately, for them and the team, they have two weeks to get their act together because we have a bye week.  They have been directed to some counseling and they will now be subject to greater scrutiny for the remainder of their time at LSU.”

In other words, expect the three to play.  If missed counseling sessions cost these guys their playing time then they’re dumber than they already appear to be. 

Gannett Louisiana points out that they reported last week that LSU’s drug policy calls for a “suspension from up to 15 percent of countable contests” after a second failed drug test.  Players are not suspended after an initial failed drug test.

(They’re correct.  Gannett Louisiana did point that out last week.  One day after we pointed it out right here.)

The assumption is that the players must have tested positive for a second time because they were suspended.  It is possible, however, that Miles (or the school) suspended the three players after their first failed tests… which is his right. 

Pay attention to the Chancellor Martin’s words, too.  Players are tested more often after a failed drug test.  The chancellor’s comment that the players will “now be subject to greater scrutiny” suggests that they did just fail their first test.

But we have no way of knowing one way or the other. 

For that reason, we continue to push for the Southeastern Conference to create a uniform testing and punishment policy for all its member institutions.  The cost of the system could easily be covered by some of those millions of dollars that roll into the league each year from CBS and ESPN.

It’s time for all SEC schools to play by the same rules and enforce the same punishments when it comes to drug use.  Otherwise, you leave situations like these open to speculation.  And that just breeds conspiracy theories, something we all need less of these days.



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