Posted by Chip Patterson
When news originally broke of UCLA's potential suspensions for the Oregon game, sources were reporting that as many as six starters would be absent on the field due to failed team-issued random drug tests. When the school announced team suspensions: only two players, wide receiver Josh Smith and F-back Morrell Presley, were suspended for the primetime showdown with the Ducks.
But UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel is not done handing down the punishments in Westwood. Wide receiver Rick Marvray and offensive tackle Sean Sheller have been issued one game suspensions for violating team rules and will not play against Arizona. Similar to the suspensions of Smith and Presley, the Los Angeles Times is citing multiple sources in the program who have said all four suspensions are tied to positive tests in a recent drug screening. According to the Times, UCLA's drug policy calls for a one-game suspension upon a third positive test. The first positive test results in the team doctor being told, mandatory counseling and future testing. The second failed test results in the coach and associate athletic director being notified, with more counseling and tests.
The suspensions cannot be blamed for UCLA's ineffective offense against the Ducks last Thursday, but it certainly did not help. It is one of many issues on that side of the ball, along with consistency, efficiency, effectiveness, and not throwing the proverbial offensive fecal matter all over the field.
(Artwork courtesy of Tom Fornelli, Esq.)