Posted by Chip Patterson
So far, the only result from yesterday's buzz about punishments at UCLA has been the suspension of wide receiver Josh Smith and F-back Morrell Presley for the Oregon game on October 21. Certainly not the rumored three to six players, but losing two starters will still put a dent in the Bruins offense. The official reason for the suspension was a vague "violation of team rules," but reports out of Los Angeles have offered suggestions as to the specific violation.
The Los Angeles Times has cited two sources from within the UCLA program that have tied the suspensions to a team-issued random drug test. According to the report, UCLA's drug policy calls for a one-game suspension upon a third positive test. The first positive test results in the team doctor being told, mandatory counseling and future testing. The second failed test results in the coach and associate athletic director being notified, with more counseling and tests.
This is falling right on the heels of two Washington State players being arrested with 38 marijuana plants in their residence. Would anyone suggest that perhaps the Bruins is in cahoots with their Pac-10 green-loving brethren. I certainly would not suggest it, but the ferret might.
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