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Florida Gators Problem with Marijuana Continues with Latest Arrest

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Florida has got to do something strong to send a message to Loucheiz Purifoy and the rest of the program after the cornerback was arrested for possession of 2.5 grams of marijuana last Sunday morning.

Purifoy is the seventh member of the football team to be arrested for marijuana since Will Muschamp took the job as head coach in Gainesville. One of the first moves he made as coach was dismissing star cornerback Janoris Jenkins following his second arrest related to marijuana, and Muschamp should consider removing his scholarship and making him earn it back before the start of the season.

He was one of the team’s best defenders on one of the nation’s best defenses last season when he had 51 tackles, had four passes defensed, forced three fumbles, blocked a punt and a field goal, and sending a message that no player is bigger than the team may serve as a wake-up call to the rest of the team that this type of behavior will not be tolerated.

I know some reading this will say that it’s only pot and a lot of college kids will smoke weed and it’s not really a big deal, but do I have to remind you that it is still an illegal drug whether you think it’s a big deal or not. Saying that it’s not crack or it’s not cocaine doesn’t make it any sort of valid excuse for buying and smoking an illegal drug.

If you wanna do drugs then go to Oregon where you can legally smoke some joints and roll as many blunts with your buddies as you want, but the stream of arrests of Florida players reflects poorly not only on them, but also the coaching staff and administration for lack of control.

It’s not surprise when college kids make mistakes and but if you’re not learning from your mistakes then you’re just an idiot. Florida has turned a blind eye far too often when it comes to marijuana related offenses under former head coach Urban Meyer and now under Muschamp and unless he does something swift and severe, then how will his players ever learn?

Purifoy is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 21 and after that court date Muschamp should deliver a verdict of his own and it should be more severe than the punishment the court hands down.

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