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.
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.
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.”