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Gus Malzahn: Nick Marshall will ‘face consequences’

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Just what those consequences are, however, remain to be seen.

At the SEC Media Days, which kicked off earlier this afternoon, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn addressed the situation involving his starting quarterback. Late last week, as has been widely reported, Nick Marshall was cited for possession of marijuana following a traffic stop.

A “teary-eyed” Marshall was “very regretful” during the stop according to police officer who pulled him over, while Malzahn in a statement expressed his “disappointment” in the situation.

Malzahn stated Monday that “Nick made a mistake and he’ll have to deal with the consequences,” adding “I’m not ready to say what those [consequences] are.” When asked if Marshall would play in the season opener, Malzahn said “I’m not at that point yet,” meaning no decision one way or the other has been made.

Auburn’s season opener is also its SEC opener as the Tigers will square off with Arkansas.

“We have high expectations for players, especially our quarterback,” Malzahn explained. “I’m hoping he learns a lesson. I know he’s very remorseful and that’s a start.”

As for the decision to keep Marshall away from Media Days, Malzahn explained it thusly.

“It’s a privilege and a reward to represent Auburn at SEC Media Days,” the coach said. “Last Friday, Nick lost that privilege.”

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13 Responses to “Gus Malzahn: Nick Marshall will ‘face consequences’”
  1. mydixienormus says: Jul 14, 2014 1:37 PM

    Reminds me of that old adage:

    “That weed don’t smoke itself!!!”

    Note the improper grammar which is fitting for the SEC…

  2. bucrightoff says: Jul 14, 2014 1:48 PM

    I imagine he’ll be suspended for week 2 against San Jose State, when his “investigation” is wrapped up 5 seconds after the game against Arkansas is done.

  3. brianincbus says: Jul 14, 2014 1:59 PM

    Yep, his consequences will be to be suspended for the first two minutes against SW Missouri A&M.

  4. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 14, 2014 2:13 PM

    He’s definitely not getting suspended for the Arkansas game…. My guess some sort of preseason suspension or internal punishment (Extra laps, etc…)

    I personally have no problem with that. Use of weed is over criminalized in this country and we’re already starting to see that structure come down. It is illegal, but so is driving a 100mph and no one gets suspended for that.

    Crimes involving stealing or violence to me are much more severe and deserve a more severe punishment.

  5. youcantmakemepickausername says: Jul 14, 2014 2:25 PM

    As for the decision to keep Marshall away from Media Days, Malzahn explained it thusly.

    “It’s a privilege and a reward to represent Auburn at SEC Media Days,” the coach said. “Last Friday, Nick lost that privilege.”

    So the first part of his punishment is that he no longer has to sit there at some pointless event for a few hours answering stupid questions from stupid reporters? Uh, yeah, that’ll teach him!!

  6. Deb says: Jul 14, 2014 3:27 PM

    We don’t disagree that often, JT, but I’m with Malzahn on keeping Marshall away from Media Days. It’s not an issue of manning up. If he could issue a statement and be done with it, that would be fine. But the sports media are like a pack of rabid dogs who’ll never relent no matter how many statements or no comments he issues. And Marshall has the right to protection from self-incrimination. What can he say beyond “I got caught with some pot and I’m sorry”–which he’s already said? No purpose is served by putting the kid at the mercy of these hounds.

    As for his punishment, that’s up to the coach. If a non-football player on scholarship to a university were cited for carrying an ounce of marijuana, would he be suspended from school? If you or I were cited would we be suspended from work? Football players shouldn’t be subject to anymore punishment than the average person just because their status ensures they get their names in the paper while our misdeeds go unrecognized.

  7. outlaw53 says: Jul 14, 2014 3:30 PM

    Let’s see…a couple of years ago the “Honey Badger” was busted for synthetic weed ( not even the real thing… ) and Miles was being compelled to sit him out for the year. On the second offense, he did. Now Marshall was caught with the “real thing”…and he’ll be made to suffer….a “tongue lashing”?

  8. barkleyblows says: Jul 14, 2014 4:27 PM

    Yup…. He’ll be suspended….. For a practice

  9. 1990tiger says: Jul 14, 2014 10:27 PM

    Does this incident really warrant 5 articles???? I think JT may be trying to overload the box just to distract attention from his failure of an article on Marshall missing SEC Media Days.


  10. John Taylor says: Jul 14, 2014 10:33 PM

    Y’all Auburn fans should go bother Edward Aschoff for awhile. Spread those whining wings.

  11. 1990tiger says: Jul 14, 2014 11:16 PM

    JT….the only whining I’ve seen has come from you:

    There are half a dozen individual stories about different NCAA football players getting cited for DUI and a single article about a UF player cited for possession…..why 5 articles about Marshall getting cited for possession of less than an ounce of weed? What “story” do you think you were cheated out of because Marshall isn’t at SEC Media Days that has your panties in such a bunch?

    Personally, I would rather see a player possess less than an ounce of weed over DUI. Someone possessing less than an ounce of weed won’t get me, my family or some other innocent person killed but someone driving under the influence can.

  12. John Taylor says: Jul 14, 2014 11:50 PM

    The starting QB for the team that played for the BCS title the previous season getting cited for pot possession is a big deal. A bigger deal than just about any other player in CFB (see: Winston, Jameis, crabs, how many articles that I didn’t see you complaining about?) for a similar citation. The fact that Auburn is hiding said QB from the media is making it a bigger deal than it should’ve been. This could’ve been over and done with today; instead; AU decided to prolong it. That’s on them.

  13. 24pointlead says: Jul 15, 2014 1:23 PM

    Wow – I have never seen JT respond more than once to comments to his article in this post. Getting a little thin-skinned are we? Maybe you could use an ounce (or less)

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