bill-swift - June 5, 2012
Maybe now we know the secret behind the success of the SEC in college football. When things get stressful you just have to toke up and relax!
The SEC is known for personifying excellence on the gridiron in recent years with the last six national champions coming from the conference. As it turns out they excel in another area as well—punishing recreational drug users.
Now the word ‘excel' is used in a sort of tongue in cheek manner. Ask administrators, parents, and law enforcement officers and they'll say that it sucks. Ask the players though and they will say it rocks.
When it comes down to it, there is not much of an incentive for players not to smoke the occasional joint at an SEC school. It is not uncommon for players to get caught multiple times before they finally get booted from the team.
For example, get busted for a second time at Ole Miss and you stand to lose your free tickets for family to a game and could have to do some community service as well.
Not every school is as lenient as Ole Miss. Get caught for a second time at Georgia or Auburn and you might be suspended for half the season—key words of course being ‘second time' and ‘might be.' Folks in Arkansas and Florida will lose 10 percent of the season should they get caught for a second time.
So in a typical 11-game football season you're talking about roughly a one-game suspension.
Georgia, Kentucky, and Mississippi State are the only ones that suspend for the first positive test. Six schools allow players to mess up three times before they boot you. Arkansas gives guys four, Florida five, and Ole Miss does not have a set number of strikes allowed.
But wait! Where is the NCAA in all of this? Well, should the NCAA conduct the test and a positive result occurs the player in question is suspended for a year. However, the NCAA only tests guys once, maybe twice a year and that is it.
So if you are a prospective football player that wants to ‘experiment' with alternate forms of relaxation in college should you go to an SEC school?
The answer is easy—yes. Florida and Ole Miss! Here we come!