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Four Auburn players facing drug charges granted continuance until September

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

The four Auburn players facing drug charges on possession of marijuana won’t appear in court Thursday.

The Auburn municipal court’s office confirmed to the Ledger-Enquirer that the group’s attorney filed and was granted a continuance in the case pushing back the original hearing date of July 21 to the fall.

The new court date for Byron Cowart, Carlton Davis, Ryan Davis and Jeremiah Dinson is on Sept. 1 at 1 p.m., two days before the Tigers’ home opener against Clemson.

The four Auburn players were arrested and chargedwith second-degree possession of marijuana on April 30. The Class A misdemeanor charges carry a maximum sentence of one year in jail along with a $6,000 fine.

Coach Gus Malzahn announced during the SEC Media Days last week the arrest wouldn’t cost the four student-athletes any playing time.

“Those four young men made a mistake, we punished them and they won’t miss any time that’s behind us,” Malzahn said in a meeting with local reporters. “They are four fine young men. They made a mistake and I’m confident they won’t make it again.”

While Malzahn acknowledged the ongoing legal process, the ultimate result of the case won’t change his decision.

“It’s the right thing to do,” Malzahn said of the undisclosed punishment.

Malzahn was one of the many questions at the annual event to face questions about offseason player conduct issues. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema took an indirect shot at Auburn when he said reporters, “don’t have to ask me if I’m going to suspend anyone for our first game. It doesn’t even come up in our program.”

All four players are set to report for fall camp with the rest of the team on Aug. 2 with the team’s first practice of the 2016 season scheduled for Aug. 3.

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