Louisville won the National Championship last year. They will not win it this year. They lost one of their best players because of his marijuana habit.
Chane Behanan was a member of the Louisville basketball team. While they were at a hotel for a road game/week in Miami, he took a walk to get away and smoke some green to chill. He unfortunately smoked that green within smelling distance of Miami police. He was kicked off the team. That was not the first time he had been suspended because of his problem with putting down the peace pipe. Ironically, the man who gave Behanan the final boot, legendary Coach Rick Pitino, was recently caught describing the amount of weed that people are smoking. “Now they’re smoking things as big as cigars. I think they’re called blunts.” Nevertheless, Behanan smoked more than Coach Pitino could cover-up.
So Chane transferred. To COLORADO STATE!
“Of course, the weed dude goes to the weed state.”
However, that has been the trend for most college applicants this year. Kids today are beating the doors down to go to college in Colorado. USA TODAY reports that out-of-state applicants have increased 20-30 percent at Colorado University. Other schools have noticed a gain in out-of-state students. The students are not allowed to smoke marijuana on campus at any of these schools. Alcohol falls under the same scrutiny, and we all know how college kids obey the drinking code.
Chane Behanan is just being honest with himself. He has a problem with smoking marijuana while representing his school and being a student-athlete. If he slips up now and then, at least he is less likely to get caught in Colorado. High school athletes who smoke may develop that same thinking. Please remember, just because they like to get high, does not mean that they are bad people, poor athletes, or complete idiots. However, if they didn't smoke during the season it would lower their percentage of idiot mistakes. Several NFL players claim over 50 percent of their league smokes weed. Most, if not all, are not quarterbacks.
Even though they are great athletes, it's not a football or basketball vocational school. The college experience is designed for higher learning. Student-athletes must abide by the athletic department's code of conduct, which includes NO CANNABIS. Currently no random drug testing occurs in the Pac 12 conference (Colorado, Washington, Washington State); however, that does not stop schools from administering their own test. School-administered tests typically require reasonable cause. Being “outed” from almost anyone can justify a drug test from one's university.
Is it more likely to have someone call the athlete out for using cannabis in a legal state or an illegal state?
Chane Behanan is no idiot; he knows it is a wiser decision to be a student-athlete in Colorado than in a state that views marijuana as a criminal offense. If Behanan were to slip up in Colorado he is less likely to be “outed” for smoking. Student-athletes are now more aware of the pros and cons of deciding on a school to attend. The ones who use marijuana don't want to disappoint anyone and be “outed” if they do happen to use.
It will be interesting if the trend continues. This may become a legitimate tool in college recruiting. I wonder if the fans, coaches, or boosters will try to even the playing field.
Bracket Prediction: Louisville will not win another title this year, and Colorado State will be a better team next year.