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Coaches weigh in on drug use, consequences

Coaches weigh in on drug use, consequences

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By DAVID HARRIS

david.harris@theeagle.com

Here's what coaches from other sports at Texas A&M had to say on the issue:

* A&M men's basketball coach Billy Kennedy: "The only drug that I have experienced in basketball is marijuana. It's an issue in every sport. We test our guys on a regular basis to let them know how important it is to me that they take care of their body. We talk about it a lot and they are educated about how it affects them physically."

* A&M women's basketball coach Gary Blair: "It's one of the reasons I decided to stay with the women's game -- pot was more prevalent on the men's side. I can't think of one person who has flunked a drug test during my time here ... We always tell [our players] that we want them on the sports page and not the front page. They're not to drink during the season and not to smoke 365."

* A&M baseball coach Rob Childress: "The drug testing in place with the NCAA is outstanding. I think it does deter them. When you start dealing with athletes, that's something that's not tolerated, it's not a part of our program. You recruit athletes who are wanting to play at the highest level at Texas A&M. It's something you can't do, and it's something we expect you not to do."

* A&M volleyball coach Laurie Corbelli: "We have a zero-tolerance policy, and any team member caught using drugs will be suspended and put on probation, with terms of both determined after the case is either confirmed or not."

* A&M men's golf coach J.T. Higgins: "Athletes today have been educated their entire life more so than the general public, about the dangers of drugs ... I believe athletes are far less likely to abuse drugs than the average person because of their education, knowing the dangers associated with drug use and the importance of keeping their bodies strong and in peak physical condition. However, it still can happen anywhere in any walk of life, and all it takes is one bad choice to ruin lives."

* A&M women's golf coach Trelle McCombs: "I believe the punishment should be universal. By that I mean each university should have the same policies."

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