Found May 04, 2012 on CollegeFootballSaturday.com:
PLAYERS: Sammy Watkins
TEAMS: Clemson Tigers
Today’s breaking news in the college football world is the arrest of Clemson star WR Sammy Watkins for possession of marijuana and Adderol without a prescription. He was arrested with Clemson soccer player Amadou-Tidiane Daniel Dia after his car was caught swerving and hit a curb. Upon approaching the car an officer smelt a “scent of marijuana” and a search found pot in the vehicle. Now, the debate begins. What does Dabo Swinney do with his team’s Heisman Trophy candidate for the season opener against Auburn? On one hand he could deny punishment and claim it is the first mistake Watkins has made, make him run some extra sprints in practice and let it all slide. On the flip side, he could hold the 18 year old responsible for his mistake and suspend him for the season opener, a major non-conference game on the national stage. As a Clemson fan and student, I would hope he doesn’t get suspended. It is a huge game for the Tigers’ season and could be the difference in whether the team is a national title contender after week 1. The Auburn game is a must win for Clemson’s dim championship dreams because (and I hate to spoil the fun) a 1-loss ACC team isn’t a candidate for the national title game. However, once I put aside emotion it’s a pretty standard suspension. Does anyone doubt for a minute that if this was a 3rd-string RB he’d be suspended before the booking photo was taken? Eighteen year olds make mistakes. That’s not news to anyone. With that said, getting arrested for possession of drugs, being behind the wheel of a car impaired and doing it on THE CAMPUS OF THE SCHOOL YOU PLAY FOR, well, that’s about as clear cut as it comes. Sammy Watkins has to sit down for the Auburn game. Dabo Swinney cannot justify letting him play if he has any intention of running a proud, clean program in the future. This isn’t oversleeping a team meeting. This isn’t skipping a class or two. It’s an arrest for drug possession. That’s spelled S-U-S-P-E-N-S-I-O-N. I’m not going to scream and yell if he’s not suspended. I won’t demand answers for the thought process. However, I will have a lot more respect for Dabo Swinney and the program he’s running if he does suspend his star and show that behavior like that will not be tolerated. Clemson football is the money maker of this university but it also reflects greatly on this university. I love me some Clemson football, but I’m more concerned with the integrity of the name on my diploma than I am with winning a few extra games this year.
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