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Random drug testing in the offing for Ducks student-athletes


The fact that a sizable percentage of the Oregon football program reportedly does/did the puff-puff-pass-then-run-really-fast-on-fall-Saturdays will come back and Duck 100 percent of UO student-athlete’s squarely in the hindquarters.

In a decision that was officially instituted Aug. 31 but wasn’t publicly acknowledged until midweek, UO confirmed that it has, the Eugene Register-Guard writes, “instituted the testing on a temporary but immediate basis Sept. 1 through Feb. 29.”

“Fall sports were beginning, and we believed there was a compelling need for us to protect student-athletes,” a school spokesperson told the paper. “We believe it’s in the best interest of our student-athletes to make sure that we don’t have people under the influence.”

The “compelling need” arose from an April ESPN the Magazine article which detailed what was apparently rampant (gasp!!!) marijuana use among Oregon athletes in general and members of the football program specifically.  In the piece, nearly two dozen (unnamed) current and former UO football players and officials estimated that “between 40 to 60 percent of their teammates puffed” as part of what was described as (egad!!!) a “pot lifestyle.”

At the time the article was published, head coach Chip Kelly stated that “[i]f we had 60 percent of our kids doing that, we wouldn’t be 34-6 [the past three years] and play in three straight BCS games,” while at the same time lamenting the fact that random drug testing was not permitted at the time.  Suffice to say, the head coach was pleased with the development.

I’ve been in support of it; I wasn’t trumpeting it, but I think it’s what everyone else in our league does, so it can also give us an answer if kids are in trouble and need help,” Kelly said according to The Oregonian. “We can educate them on why they’re not supposed to do it.”

While Kelly has his wish at the moment, it’s likely the newly-instituted policy will face challenges at myriad levels prior to its end-of-February expiration.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.

Big 12 apologizes for blown call in OSU-KSU game

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Cearly, the folks in Stillwater are living right.

A week after receiving some, uh, fortuitous calls in their 30-27 win over Texas, No. 21 Oklahoma State was the beneficiary of an officiating error that aided the Cowboys in their 36-34 come-from-behind win over Kansas State on Saturday.

The chain crew incorrectly credited the Cowboys with a first down they did not earn during the second quarter Saturday, directly leading to an Oklahoma State touchdown.

That improper touchdown allowed Oklahoma State to pull within 28-20 just before the half, springboarding the Cowboys on to a comeback win. The Wildcats had won 49 in a row when leading at the half until Saturday.

From the conference:

Big 12 Conference supervisor of officials Walt Anderson acknowledges improper first-down distance enforcement occurred during Saturday’s K-State at Oklahoma State game. During the second-quarter, with the ball at the K-State 45, OSU was flagged for offensive holding during a 41-yard pass completion. After the 10-yard penalty was marked off, moving the ball back to the OSU 45, the chains were mistakingly set for the yard-to-gain.

“Accurracy and adherence to Conference policies and officiating mechanics are vital to the proper administration of the rules in all games,” said Anderson. “Disciplinary actions will be addressed with both the field officials and chain crew.”