During an interview with the Mike and Mike program on ESPN, University of South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier spoke on a number of team discipline policies, including marijuana and domestic violence.
With issues throughout professional and collegiate athletics, Spurrier offered his own opinion on players marijuana usage and domestic violence:
“You can smoke pot and get lectured on it — three pots and you’re finished — and we have our rules for all our other things. We haven’t had anything happen [with domestic violence] in about eight years now, so I think it’s a good rule and if you enforce it it’s really helpful.”
The three strike system that Spurrier uses for marijuana use offers a second chance for a player who did not originally follow the team drug policy, but his stance on domestic violence offers no chance for redemption:
“I have had that rule I think every year I’ve been at South Carolina, so 10 years, and we have lost two players. I tell the team when they first arrive on campus, all the freshman know right now, if you ever hit a girl, punch a girl, whatever, you’re finished. You can go somewhere else, transfer somewhere else, but you’re not going to be on our team.
At 70 years old, its good to see that Spurrier offers the young men on his team a chance for redemption when dealing with marijuana, but offers no chance for excuses on an issue as serious as domestic violence.