Law & Policy: Drugs & Alcohol
Ex-Youth Football Coach Admits Role in Cocaine Ring
by Phil Fairbanks; News Staff Reporter November 2014
A lot of people knew Eric J. Humphrey as a coach and role model for the teenage boys on his Pop Warner football team. What they didn't know was that Humphrey was also part of a cocaine ring.
New Report: More OSU Band Lewdness, Lax Oversight
by Collin Binkley, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH November 2014
Ohio State University failed for decades to rein in its marching band and eliminate widespread alcohol abuse and sexual harassment, according to a follow-up investigation of the group that also uncovered some new instances of inappropriate and lewd behavior within the band.
Halloween Parties Lead to Suspension of 45 Athletes
by Emily Attwood November 2014
The winter sports season is off to a bad start — and the fall season a bad finish — at Tahoma High School in Covington, Wash., where 45 student-athletes have been suspended from playing sports after attending Halloween parties where drugs and alcohol were present.
Police responding to a noise complaint discovered one of the parties. According to the King County sheriff's office, dozens of students were present, including many in school letter jackets. Those involved in the parties included 14 football players, four girls’ soccer players, two boys’ soccer players, two softball players, four wrestlers, seven baseball players and 12 cheerleaders.
According to a letter sent to parents, “Student-athletes who attended the parties will forfeit a portion of their athletic season, including any athlete whose team is currently involved in post-season play. The investigation to determine whether additional students attended the parties is continuing.”
Suspensions for those involved will range from one quarter to one half of the sports season, with those student-athletes not currently in season serving their suspension when the season begins.
"Our student-athletes are well aware of the Tahoma School District Athletic Code and the consequences of these poor choices,” said principal Terry Duty. “We hope this will be a lifelong lesson for our entire school, both those who choose to attend the parties and those who elect to do the right thing and not attend."
Officials are also investigating alleged threats made online against students who reported the parties to authorities. "School officials also are aware of negative comments on social media that name individuals or groups of students and blame them for reporting the parties to school authorities,” read the letter to parents. “School officials take all threats seriously and are investigating any threatening language directed at students or staff. Appropriate disciplinary actions have and will continue to be sanctioned.”
Indiana Basketball Player Injures Teammate with Car
by From staff and wire reports November 2014
Indiana freshman basketball player Emmitt Holt was cited Saturday for misdemeanor underage drinking after he struck teammate Devin Davis with his SUV, leaving Davis hospitalized with a serious head injury. Holt and his passengers told police that they had dropped off Davis, a 19-year-old sophomore, at the Memorial Stadium parking lot about 12:45 a.m. Saturday, Bloomington, Indiana Police Sgt. Jeffery Canada said. Holt was driving away "when, for unknown reasons, Mr. Davis came into the roadway and struck the side of the vehicle near the front passenger windshield," Canada said.
Former Army Coach Defends Trips: No Beer, No Women
by Tom Roeder email@example.com October 2014
When Army football recruits took a bus trip with head coach Bobby Ross, there was no drinking or dancing in the aisles like a trip for recruits earlier this year.
Air Force Academy to Remain Silent on Athletics Issues
by Tom Roeder, firstname.lastname@example.org October 2014
The Air Force Academy says leaders have said all they can about a review of the school's athletic department that came after a player misconduct scandal.
Ole Miss Aware of Photo Showing Star Player with Bong
by Hugh Kellenberger, The Clarion-Ledger October 2014
OXFORD — Ole Miss is aware of a photo circulating the Internet of star Robert Nkemdiche with a bong. “I’m very aware of the picture and also when it was taken and where it was taken,” Rebels coach Hugh Freeze said.
NFL Begins Testing Players for Human Growth Hormone
by Gary Mihoces, USA TODAY Sports October 2014
For the first time, the NFL began random testing Monday for human growth hormone. This isn't the last battle against performance-enhancing drugs, but it is the latest.
Prep Coach Drove Athletes to Meet While Under Influence
by Brenda Rindge September 2014
A Spartanburg High School assistant cross-country coach was arrested for driving under the influence while transporting athletes to a meet in Charleston County on Friday.
Air Force Academy Outlines Plan of Action to Fix Athletics
by Tom Roeder, email@example.com September 2014
The academy's athletic programs came under fire after an August investigation revealed athlete misconduct, including drug use, drinking, sexual assault and cheating on tests.