Law & Policy: Drugs & Alcohol
Indiana Senator Proposes Prep Drug Testing
by Andy Berg January 2019
It’s no secret that professional athletes are subject to random drug testing, and now lawmakers in Indiana are suggesting the same for student-athletes at the high school level.
Clemson Players to Sit Title Game Amid Failed Drug Tests
by Jason Scott January 2019
Clemson will be without All-American DT Dexter Lawrence, as well as Braden Galloway and Zach Giella, when the Tigers play the Alabama Crimson Tide for the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday.
U. of Buffalo to Test Beer Sales at Games
by Rachel Lenzi November 2018
UB announced Friday that it will begin selling beer at specific sporting events, starting with the men's basketball game at 2 p.m. today against Marist at Alumni Arena.
Report: Exercise May Lessen Drug Cravings
by Laura Kelly November 2018
Exercise is known to have countless health benefits, both physical and mental, but new research shows it can also be an effective tool in helping people prevent relapse of drug use.
County Works Toward Alcohol Sales at Stadium, Senior Center
by Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan November 2018
Commissioners discussed this week what county-owned buildings should be allowed to serve alcohol, such as the Center for Senior Life and the Durham County Stadium.
Oklahoma to Test Alcohol Sales at Athletics Events
by The Journal Record October 2018
University of Oklahoma President James L. Gallogly recommended a pilot program to the board of regents for the sale and advertising of alcoholic beverages at athletic facilities and events.
NHL to Study Marijuana as Opioid Alternative
by Kevin Allen and Erik Brady October 2018
The executive director of the NHL Alumni Association hopes certain compounds of cannabis can become a better painkiller for former players than dangerous opioids, and is working with neurologists to study whether such compounds are safe.
Colgate Swim and Dive Team Suspended for Hazing
by Andy Berg October 2018
Colgate University’s men’s swimming and diving team has been suspended from competition for the fall semester due to allegations of misconduct.
Coach: Recruiting Coloradans Too Risky Due to Drugs
by Paul Steinbach March 2018
A baseball recruit was told via email that Texas Wesleyan University didn't want him because his coming from Colorado, where marijuana use is legal, poses too great a risk.
The player attended Cherokee Trail High School in Aurora, Colo., and never had any issues with drugs, according to his former coach there.
The email, sent Feb. 20 by veteran Texas Wesleyan Coach and MLB alum Mike Jeffcoat, has since gone viral on social media. It states, "Thanks for the interest in our program. Unfortunately, we are not recruiting players from the state of Colorado. In the past, players have had trouble passing our drug test. We have made a decision to not take a chance on student-athletes from your state. You can thank your liberal politicians. Best of luck wherever you decide to play."
Texas Wesleyan vice president John Veilleux told Chron.com, the online presence of the Houston Chronicle, that the university was "definitely aware" of the email's existence. The private university then released an official statement Wednesday:
We are aware of the email sent by our baseball coach, and the comments he made are in no way a reflection of Texas Wesleyan University, its values or its recruiting practices.
This is a personnel matter and it is currently under investigation. It is our University policy to not discuss personnel matters, but we want to reiterate that this email does not reflect our values and we do not condone discrimination. This includes discrimination on the basis of race, color, origin, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, disability or sexuality; or the political legislation of one’s home state. We are committed to providing an inclusive campus for all of our students, faculty, staff, visitors, potential students and their families.
Texas Wesleyan has a long tradition of excellence in athletics and we are committed to recruiting student-athletes who will excel at our university. Like the NAIA’s core values, we are focused on building and recruiting champions of character.
Jeffcoat pitched 10 seasons in the Major Leagues, including six with the Texas Rangers. Since taking over the Wesleyan program in 2002, he has compiled a 529-358-1 record.
Allan Dyer, the prospect's former high school coach, said he had the email forwarded to him and expressed surprise at its tone. "I've never seen a coach send an email like that to a kid. I was kind of shocked a coach would connect a political issue to a kid," Dyer told Chron.com. "It just made no sense. The student has not been in trouble one time at our school."
Gatesville ISD Reverses PED Suspensions
by Andy Berg October 2017
The Gatesville Independent School District in Gatesville, Tex., has reversed suspensions for six football players accused of using PEDs.