Lots of people in Oregon like marijuana. This is not news, but it is newsworthy that the Oregon Ducks have softened their penalties on drug use by players in light of an ESPN The Magazine story estimating that nearly half of the Oregon team smokes up. CBS Sports's Brett McMurphy digs into the school's changing drug policy:
In 2010, Oregon's substance abuse policy, obtained through a public records request, indicated that the "continuing use of tested-for drugs on two occasions beyond the initial positive test, the student-athlete shall be expelled from the team and shall lose all athletic grant-in-aid support beginning with the next academic term."
Under the current policy, a third positive test only results in missing 50 percent of games played in a season. If a player's ineligibility is not complete by the end of post season play, it carries over to the next season.
Seems to be a west coast thing, as four other Pac-12 schools have similar policies, according to the report. Oregon released a statement in response to the ESPN story, arguing that the school does all it can to protect the best interests of athletes.
While we're here, let's watch some college football videos from SB Nation's new YouTube channel together: