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Auburn’s drug policy hints at no games lost for Nick Marshall

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At the SEC Media Days earlier today, Auburn’s Gus Malzahn declined to state one way or the other whether Nick Marshall would be suspended for the season opener against Arkansas following a marijuana citation late last week.

If the head coach goes strictly by the book, however, the starting quarterback won’t miss a down.  Probably.  Maybe.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution sifted through AU’s 17-page drug policy in an attempt to figure out if there were any automatic triggers that would result in the loss of playing time for Marshall.  Based on the Journal-Constitution‘s findings, a suspension for any length of games isn’t warranted, with one proviso.

From the paper:

Assuming an arrest for possession qualifies as a positive test and it’s Marshall’s first-such encounter at Auburn, Marshall’s parents or guardians will be informed, he will be required to attend counseling and evaluation and he’ll be subjected to weekly drug-testing for the next 12 months.

And according to item 4 (a), “there will be no loss of playing time (for) penalty level I.”

Again, that’s assuming this is a first offense for Marshall, which there is no way of knowing.

Of course, Malzahn could go against the policy if no suspension is warranted and sit his star player anyway for the Razorbacks game, although that seems highly unlikely given the innocuous nature of Marshall’s legal predicament.  A decision and announcement is expected to take place at some point after the start of summer camp in early August.

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10 Responses to “Auburn’s drug policy hints at no games lost for Nick Marshall”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 14, 2014 5:35 PM

    No games will be missed, nor should they be.

  2. bigbenh8tr says: Jul 14, 2014 6:11 PM

    He should miss the first 2 games. He broke the law, it doesnt matter if you think its a bad law, it is the law.


    I guess it helps not to punish guys like this or Josh Gordon. He would miss 4 games if he went to a school with integrity.

  3. fiverings37 says: Jul 14, 2014 6:22 PM

    geeze, there’s a shock

  4. tigersfandan says: Jul 14, 2014 6:55 PM

    What if he wasn’t their star quarterback?

  5. jimmy53 says: Jul 14, 2014 7:26 PM


    You want him suspended 4 games for a citation, which by the way is the equivelant of a noise complaint???

    Excessive much? I’m in no way an AU fan, and I think he should be punished more severely because of his previous legal history, but saying he should get 4 games for a citation is asinine…

  6. irishdodger says: Jul 14, 2014 8:32 PM

    It’s not like they need Marshall to beat the Hogs. Malzahn should make a statement but it’s his job…err call. At least make this kid face the music w/ the media like a man. He could address it at SEC Media Days & then be done with it. Instead they perpetuate the stereotype of the “Fatherless phenom with learning disabilities”. Gus is better than that….can’t say the same for Jay Jacobs

  7. whenwilliteverend says: Jul 14, 2014 9:37 PM

    Exactly who is surprised by this? Exactly nobody. It’s Auburn. Showing up on the police blotter is expected and even welcomed. Why would they miss any time playing for a school that embraces such behavior as this.

  8. wadaea says: Jul 15, 2014 10:39 AM

    Ok only fans of schools that have perfect footbasll players need to comment. If your school has ever had a player cited (not arrested) for less then an ounce (Legal in several states) you can comment..if not STHU

  9. bamamanchip says: Jul 15, 2014 3:48 PM

    Y’all are missing Parks point – read he said Auburn told him they had Zero Tolerance to Weed Zero means first offense kicked off the team just like they did him which was BTW Parks first offense, but it doesn’t matter cause. Zero means Zero I guess unless your a star player or QB for that matter … Gus = Zero integrity watch and see!!!

  10. dukhntr21 says: Jul 15, 2014 10:06 PM

    Let’s see.. People want hi suspended (for multiple games no less)! Ok, trip down memory lane time. Winston received a citation, won’t miss a snap. Kenyan Drake arrested for much more sever charges, won’t miss a snap (Bama of course). Reed arrested for DUI (wouldn’t miss a snap if he was gonna play but he wasn’t starting so whatever, Bama again!!) Two Bama players ARRESTED, not citations, in a week and neither will miss time. Don’t throw stone when you live in a glass house. Parole Tide, same as always. Sweep it under the rug and try to deflect onto another program bc yours is so crooked and sorry!

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