Law & Policy: Drugs & Alcohol
- 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."
- Court Overturns 28 Russian Athletes' Doping Bans
by Spokesman Review February 2018
The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling would reinstate seven Russian medals from the 2014 Sochi Olympics, including gold in men's skeleton and 50-kilometer cross-country skiing.
- Coach Fired for Failing to Report Alcohol, Drug Use
by Adam Fisher January 2018
Former Barron Collier High School volleyball coach Robert Ritchie was fired in October and barred from coaching for Collier County Public Schools for failing to report players' use of alcohol and drugs, according to a school district investigation obtained by the Naples Daily News.
- Soccer Coaches Face Formal Drug Charges
by Tori Fater January 2018
The two Harrison High School girls' soccer coaches facing drug possession charges appeared in Vanderburgh Circuit Court Wednesday afternoon.
- Arizona Won't Sell Liquor in Arena After Objection Filed
by Joe Ferguson January 2018
UA fans hoping to enjoy a beer while watching the Wildcats basketball team play in McKale Center this season will have to tough it out without a cold one. A protest filed with the Arizona State Liquor Board has stalled plans -- likely until March -- to get permission to sell beer and wine to fans during home basketball games.
- 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.
- New Mexico Head Coach Davie Under Investigation
by Andy Berg September 2017
University of New Mexico football coach Bob Davie is under investigation for alleged mistreatment of players and matters related to the school’s drug-testing program.
According to a report from NMfishbowl.com, UNM began an investigation of Davie after spring exit interviews with players.
UNM spokeswoman Cinnamon Blair has confirmed the investigation but added that the school would not make further comment until the investigation was complete.
Davie, who was hired in 2012, is not unfamiliar to controversy. NMfishbowl.com reported back in January that player exit interviews from previous two seasons showed signs of discontent amongst players.
- University of Texas Announces Partnership with Corona
by Jason Scott July 2017
“Horns Up, Limes In!”
- Infographic: Steroid Abuse in HS and College Athletes
by Jane Otterson - Confirm BioSciences July 2017
High school and college students are young and impressionable. Driven by concern about their body image or inspired by mainstream athletes, they start taking steroids — or anabolic steroids in particular — that mimic testosterone hormones and their effects. It helps them build strength and endurance, which they require to boost their performance in various sports.
- Purdue to Expand In-Stadium Alcohol Sales
by Courtney Cameron June 2017
This fall, Purdue Athletics will expand beer and wine sales in Ross-Ade Stadium and Mackey Arena. The department was authorized to expand sales by the Purdue Board of Trustees and university president Mitch Daniels.