Ducks respond to report of pot use among players
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens says the Ducks actively work to address possible illegal substance use by student-athletes.
Following a report that estimated 40 to 60 percent of the football team smoked marijuana, Mullens issued a statement Wednesday addressing the story in ESPN The Magazine, which accompanies a larger piece that looks at marijuana use among college football players. The Oregon story is based on interviews with 19 current or former Oregon players and officials.
Mullens says that Oregon tests student-athletes to the full extent possible under Oregon state law, which prohibits random drug tests. The school's policy allows for testing when there is a "reasonable suspicion."
Oregon's sanctions include ineligibility for half of a season following a third drug positive test, and dismissal from the team and loss of scholarship for the fourth.