Two Oregon Ducks won’t be able to fulfill their dream of playing in a college bowl game, as wide receiver Darren Carrington and running back Ayele Forde have been ruled ineligible for tonight’s national championship game due to failed NCAA drug tests.
According to multiple reports, both tests were positive for marijuana. Due to the NCAA’s drug policy, Carrington and Forde will be immediately suspended for half a season, beginning with tonight’s title game against Ohio State.
The NCAA’s policies can be seen as harsh and inconsistent, as they only administer one drug test a year before bowl games, leaving the majority of the season’s drug testing to the university. The NCAA can suspend players with their single test, whereas the University of Oregon suspends players only after a third positive test, focusing instead on “education and support” for the initial offense.
The state of Oregon recently legalized marijuana, although it won’t go into effect until July 15. Despite the legislation, it’s unlikely that the NCAA will observe state laws, opting instead for the outdated federal definition of illegal drugs.