August 29th, 2013 01:00 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Golden Age, Jere Morehead, Mike Slive, SEC
New Georgia president Jere Morehead said in an interview this week that he intends to push the topic of a uniform drug-testing policy to his fellow SEC presidents:
“We’ll get a good sense on where others stand on that subject. You know it sometimes takes the conference a period of time to work through an issue. When I was faculty athletics representative (from Georgia to the SEC), I know sometimes an issue would percolate for a few years before a consensus would develop around how to resolve the issue. But I’ve gotta believe that other presidents and chancellors are as concerned about the issue of drug or alcohol misuse by their student-athletes as we are. And I’ll be interested to see what sorts of ideas they have on this subject.”
Where the other presidents will stand is probably where they’ve always stood — with the power to make their own decisions regarding the types of drug tests, the number of drug tests, and the penalties for drug tests on their campuses.
At MrSEC.com, we’ve long been a proponent of a uniform testing policy. The league makes enough money from television today to easily pay one company to handle all of the testing for its 14 member institutions. Creating an level playing field should be a goal.
To date, Mike Slive says that he has brought the topic up a time or two only to have it gunned down. We believe that he should apply a bit more elbow grease.
Slive’s tenure as SEC commissioner will be viewed as the league’s “Golden Age,” a term he uses often. But if there’s an area where Slive could have and should have done more for the good of the overall conferences, it’s this issue.
He’s got a great batting average as commissioner, but to date he’s struck out when it comes to a uniform drug-testing policy.
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