ATHENS — Let’s not make this a referendum on whether marijuana should be legalized, nor whether Georgia should relax its rules on drug use in the student-athlete code of conduct. Both are complicated issues.
The question is whether something has officially — or at least unofficially — has changed in Athens. Two Georgia football players named in an incident report involving possible/probable/almost certain marijuana use in their dorm room last week following the Vanderbilt game were somewhat cleared Monday.
That’s right, neither Natrez Patrick nor Roquan Smith will be suspended for Saturday’s game against — tada! — Florida.
Welcome to the new world at Georgia under the new coach, Kirby Smart. Because while there is a little bit of a gray area involving the Patrick and Smith incident, the thought that neither player would have been suspended under former coach Mark Richt just doesn’t compute.
Among the items taken into evidence. (via Smokebuddy.com)
I’ll get to the specifics of last week’s incident shortly. But this was Smart’s response Monday when I asked him about Patrick and Smith being eligible this