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Auburn coach Gus Malzahn offers no update on players facing marijuana possession charges

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn pictured during the program's spring game on Saturday, April 9, 2016.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn pictured during the program's spring game on Saturday, April 9, 2016. mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Coach Gus Malzahn is still in the information-gathering phase when it comes to disciplining the four Auburn players arrested for marijuana possession last week.

Defensive end Byron Cowart, defensive back Carlton Davis, wide receiver Ryan Davis and Jeremiah Dinson were arrested on campus Saturday, April 30 for possessing two bags of marijuana.

All four sophomores face Class A misdemeanor charges for the second degree offense. The charge carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail and $6,000 fine.

According to the police reports, the teammates have a court date set for July 21.

Before speaking at a West Georgia Auburn Club event in LaGrange, Georgia Wednesday night, Malzahn declined to discuss the events surrounding the arrest.

“I’m not getting into any of the details, but once I gather all the information we’ll take care of the situation,” Malzahn said.

Auburn has a drug and alcohol education and testing program for the athletic department that outlines the process for student-athletes facing criminal charges, but Malzahn wouldn’t discuss those procedures on Wednesday. Student-athletes are subject to random testing and the policy includes a tiered penalty structure for use of banned substances.

The university has declined multiple requests for clarification on whether an arrest for possession counts as a failed test.

On the first offense, players face a one-year probationary period, but a player is automatically suspended for 25 percent of the season with a second positive test.

“I’m not getting into the details as far as that goes,” Malzahn said when asked if the arrest counts as a failed test. “Obviously, I’m disappointed that we had some players get arrested, but it will be taken care of.”

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