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Richt Still Believes In Crowell; Test Results Learned After UF Game

Isaiah Crowell — the SEC’s fifth-leading rusher — gave himself and the Georgia program a black eye this week when a failed drug test led to his suspension from the team for a week.

This news came on top of preseason rumors that Crowell was having a hard time adjusting to college life and college football.

But Mark Richt says his star tailback — who was prematurely compared to Herschel Walker by some — is far from a finished product at this stage of his life:

“I feel like he is going to grow up from this in some ways and I think is going to be better for it.  Sometimes things happen in life that will help you grow up a little bit quicker.”

The coach also said that his running back is “very remorseful” and that he was encouraged by the way Crowell took his punishment.  “… I think it was one of the better conversations I’ve had with Isaiah since he’s been here.”

Crowell’s high school coach also believes his former pupil has learned his lesson.

Lucky for Crowell his lesson seems to have come in a relatively minor way.  There was no arrest.  There was no violent crime, no DUI.

One failed drug test can serve as a wake-up call.  Here’s hoping Crowell answers that call.

On a sidenote, the AP has now quoted two people “familiar with the results” of the drug test as saying that the tests were administered last Wednesday, but the results were not confirmed until Tuesday, when the suspensions were announced.

Georgia AD Greg McGarity said yesterday, “We don’t play games around here.  For someone to insinuate that we are being selective like that is absurd.  We don’t manipulate things.  We are going to conduct our program with respect and do things the right way.  For anyone to claim otherwise is irresponsible.”

Richt added: “We didn’t know anything until Monday evening.  That’s when we knew we needed to start thinking about what’s going on.”

 


9 comments
Cpl USMC Retired
Cpl USMC Retired

I am not looking for a conpiracy or to get any program into trouble, just simply looking for the facts and what is wrong with the testing proceedures. If I was looking to get a program into trouble, this would be aimed towards LSU or Auburn... especially Auburn. However, I am simply looking for the facts and the issues to be able to come to an informed decision on ways to make it more efficient and fair across the board.

The timing of the test is too benificial to the coaches to have been scheduled by anyone but the program. The NCAA and SEC would be waisting resources by scheduling companies to administer these tests, more possible is one of the two tells the AD that a drug test needs to be done this week, or no later than Wednesday. However, waiting until Wedensday night is ensuring that the lab won't get the samples until Thursday. This could also be a way where the coaches will find out first thing Monday which players will be suspended for game planning purposes. If a University wanted to completly deter all athletes from using drugs, they could simply schedule a drug test every Monday. This would keep them from thinking they might be able to skirt the random drug testing. That is if the Universities are actually trying to keep their athletes drug free, instead of just catching them when they do. Without regular drug testing, you are punishing some athletes for using drugs while others get away with it. There needs to be an investigation into testing practices for all Universities, not just Georgia. Without knowing what is wrong, you cannot pretend to fix the problems.

Cpl USMC Retired
Cpl USMC Retired

Thank you, even though I am not a Gator fan, quite the opposite. The reason I am questioning it is because it raises a lot of questions about the drug policies at Georgia. This could be a common practice throughout the SEC (waiting until Wednesday to do a drug test if they know they won't get the results until after the game), but the story isn't about every other school in the SEC and they don't make their drug policies public until someone questions them so Georgia's is all I have to go on. I am very familiar with drug tests and know that most drugs pass through your system in a matter of days, and hydration, exercise, and metabolizm all play a part in how long it takes to get through your system. Marijuana is one of the drugs that takes the longest to get out of your system, and that can be as quick as 6 days. However, most other drugs are out withing two-three, so the timing of the drug tests are very suspicious, whether its Georgia, Florida, Ole Miss, or Vanderbuilt. If my favorite team, Alabama, has simular practices it would still raise a lot of questions for me. By testing on Wednesday Night, you are giving the players a chance to metabolize whatever drugs they injested over the weekend, and if you are doing it to see who is eligible for the upcoming game, wouldn't you want the results before the game? This shows me that the purpose of drug testing, at least at Georgia, is because they have to by law. If you wanted to catch people using drugs you would do like they did to us in the Marines, first thing Monday morning, not wait until most drugs would be out of your system. They defnitally aren't testing to rule people inelligible for the upcoming game, not if they knew they wouldn't get the results back until the next week. My only point is, this gives us insight into how programs try to skirt around the rules without actually breaking them. I doubt its just Georgia, but they are running the drug testing in a way to give the optimal chance for the player to get everything out of their system, and so the coaches won't find out the day before a huge game that their star player is going to be suspended. It makes perfect sense, you want to know if a player won't play at the beginning of the week, not the day before the game. With how many drug tests the Universities are required to run, Georgia (at least) has theirs set up to give players and coaches enough time, and that is not an accident. I would be very curious to see when other schools perform their drug tests, but your right we do need standardized drug testing. That's not going to happen this week, but investigating this would give us more insight into common practices and could even push SEC offices to instill one (depending on the findings).

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

Thank you for your clarification. However, you're mistaken in your assumption that the drug policies of the SEC member schools aren't public. As you can see, only Georgia and Kentucky subject their players to any form of discipline following a first offense. That's why, in my opinion, it would behoove us to press the SEC on a uniform drug code in lieu of persecuting a program that's already at the top of the conference in drug compliance. Also, being a private university, Vanderbilt is the only one not required to share this information:
http://mrsec.com/2010/12/sec-drug-policies-arent-...

Also, it's my understanding that random drug tests are scheduled through the NCAA. Administrators can schedule "for cause" tests as a result of rumors or suspicions. In either case, it undermines the argument that a conspiracy is at play here.

Cpl USMC Retired
Cpl USMC Retired

Most of the drug testing facilites have how long it takes to receive results under Frequently Asked Questions. Maybe a news website should do a little investigative reporting on who Georgia uses to run the drug tests, then possibly pose as an employer to call them to see how long it takes if its not under FAQ's.

If only there was a website covering this story who wanted to get to the bottom of this, but who? If y'all know anyone that does investigative reporting, this might be a great time to investigate. They would be the first to break the story on it... if that sort of thing is important to you... wink wink... cough cough...

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

Also, thank you for your service to this country. I mean that sincerely. Even if you are a Gator.

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

Good Lord, that's called inventing the news. Why would you suggest trying to smear people when there's no outstanding evidence suggesting anything duplicitous other than favorable timing? A suspension for New Mexico State is just as likely as for Florida. If you really want to enact some meaningful change, I would recommend lobbying for a uniform drug policy in the SEC. If this was a Florida or Ole Miss player, nothing would've been done at all for a first offense so it would all be moot.

Cpl USMC Retired
Cpl USMC Retired

There are drug tests that take as little as 5 minutes, however the standard drug tests you get results in 24 hours once they get to the lab. So if the players took the standard one, the results would have been known on Friday at the latest. Its entirely possible that the lab (if they don't do it in house) waited until Tuesday to tell them, but highly unlikely (even the coach said he knew on Monday). Now Georgia could have taken into account how long it takes to get the results back, and is why they tested on Wednesday night instead of... I don't know... Monday, Tuesday, or WednesDay. Drug tests are normal occurances in the athletic program, so if it did take until after the weekend, its on purpose. If they wanted the results before the game, it would be regular to test earlier because they know how long it is going to take. Also, Wednesday is a strange day for another reason, if a player was going to use drugs, it would be during the weekend... right? So by testing almost 3 days after the fact, with all of the exercise and water these guys drink, the timing suggests that the coaches are giving the players ample opportunity to get their system clean. I am all for a standardized drug policy across the SEC to keep coaches from working the system like this. Even if they didn't know the results by game time, it was by design, not by accident.

Sheriff Bart
Sheriff Bart

Sure they received the results on Tuesday, but that may be no coincidence.
"It takes 4 business days to get the results?" (Counts on fingers.) "OK, let's administer the tests on the Wednesday before the FL-GA game."
Or who'll rule out this one? "Here are those urine samples. Can you be sure and get the results to us by **next Tuesday**?" Wink wink, nudge, nudge.
And of course it could just have been a Georgia fan working in the lab. "Ummm... I think I'm going to sit on these results an extra day or two..."

Full disclosure: I'm a Gator. I believe Richt didn't do anything to engineer the timing of the results and I've come to trust MrSEC to the extent that I believe the Georgia AD didn't do it... but there are a lot of other people involved in that process.

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

Sheriff, you are aware that as a Gator fan, your players are not subject to any penalty at all for a first drug offense?

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