UNSUPPORTED BROWSER
College Basketball

Poll: College basketball coaches favor testing players for marijuana

Michigan's Mitch McGary declared for the NBA draft when facing a yearlong suspension for marijuana. Photo: Leon Halip/Getty Images

Michigan's Mitch McGary declared for the NBA draft when facing a yearlong suspension for marijuana.

College basketball coaches favor testing student-athletes for marijuana, according to a poll done by CBS Sports' Gary Parrish.

Seventy-six percent of coaches polled said the NCAA should continue to test for marijuana. Several coaches said the NCAA must continue to test for it because it is not a legal drug in every state.

More: Coaches vote Wisconsin's Kaminsky most coveted DI player

The poll comes a few months after Michigan forward Mitch McGary declared for the NBA draft when he was facing a yearlong suspension for testing positive for marijuana. The NCAA has since lowered the penalty to six months.

While coaches were in favor of testing for marijuana, at least one coach said the current penalties are too strict.

"Marijuana should be a banned substance. But a year-long suspension or a six-month suspension or whatever for one positive test [administered by the NCAA] is crazy. The mayor of Toronto can keep his job after being caught on tape smoking crack, but we're suspending kids for a year for a weed test? It's ridiculous."

More: Stanford eyeing Sweet 16 repeat

- Paul Palladino

More College Basketball

SI.com

Drag this icon to your bookmark bar.
Then delete your old SI.com bookmark.

SI.com

Click the share icon to bookmark us.