Interesting article for the "slow season" on drug testing (marijuana) policies for Michigan Football players from M-Live's Nick Baumgartner. Article is here: http://annarbor.com/sports/um-football/brady-hoke-says-michigans-aggressive-drug-policy-is-more-for-the-safety-of-players-than-anything-els/?cmpid=mlive-@mlive-wolverines .
Hoke and Brandon give some insights as to the policy, which strikes me as pretty stringent. Interesting bits include
- U-M first offense = 10% sacrifice of season
- U-M second offense = 33% sacrifice of season (not clear to me whether this is an additional 33%, or an additional 23%)
- U-M third offense = 100% sacrifice of season
- A comparison point: at Ole Miss a second positive marijuana test results in a possible forfeiture of free family tickets.
Hoke and Brandon assert that the testing is done with sufficient frequency to discourage players playing "Russian Roulette". Ricky Williams would have hated this policy. [Insert Kelly Baraka comment here.]
The article also links to an ESPN article regarding SEC policies, from whence comes the wonderful Ole Miss tidbit above: http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/8000546/sec-lenient-discipline-marijuana-investigation-says .