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This Week in Pot: Baylor Coaches enabled former Receiver Josh Gordon

Another day, another revelation as to the shit show that Baylor ran during the Briles era. Now comes a revelation from former Bear receiver Josh Gordon. Gordon outlined how Baylor coaches helped him mask drug tests. 

“I’ve been enabled most of my life,” Gordon said. “I’ve been enabled by coaches, teachers, professors. Everybody pretty much gave me a second chance because of my ability. Not too long after I got arrested for possession of marijuana at Baylor, one of my coaches came by saying, ‘You are going to get drug tested by the compliance office. This is how it’s going to work, this is what they are going to do. If they do call you in, here goes these bottles of detox.’

“He showed me how to drink them, showed me how to take them. That was my first experience with getting over on the system and the authority not really being serious because it was being guided by someone who was employed by the university.”

Gordon played at Baylor from 2009 to 2010. Baylor eventually dismissed Gordon, and he transferred to Utah. He's currently suspended by the NFL for repeated drug violations. He's eligible to apply for reinstatement.

Rice Burns Freshman Quarterback's Redshirt

Injuries and transfers caused David Bailiff to turn to true freshman Miklo Smalls to start for the Owls against Army on Saturday. Smalls went 2 of 5 for eleven yards and an interception returned by Army for a score and a fumble and another turnover on a botched handoff. By the end of the first quarter, the Owls went back to Jackson Tyner. 

We're sure Bailiff and crew wanted to preserve Small's redshirt, but injuries to Sam Glaesmann and the transfer by J.T. Granato left Rice's quarterback depth chart thin. Tyner started the last two games for the Owls, but Bailiff and OC Billy Lynch went to Smalls to try and give the Owls a spark or as Bailiff said, "stimulate us." There's got to be a better way to say that. Three turnovers later, Smalls redshirt was gone, and the Owls were out of the game. 

Now that you've burned the redshirt, you may as well go ahead and use Smalls and see what he's got. Give him some package plays and things he's comfortable with. There's nothing to lose now. 

Julius Whittier vs. the NCAA

Julius Whittier, the first African American Letterman in Texas history, is suing the NCAA for $50 million in U.S. District Court. His sister and caretaker Mildred Whittier is bringing the suit. The goal of Mildred's lawsuit is to establish a fund for the supplemental needs of those suffering from the effects of brain trauma. Julius Whittier became an attorney practicing in the Dallas area, however at age 61 he had to walk away from his practice due to repercussions from what Mildred alleges was a brain injury suffered during his playing career. 

Julius is no longer able to live independently and doesn't recognize former teammates and longtime acquaintances. We'll keep tabs on Whittier's suit. In the meantime, we wish him the best and the best to those who care for him. Whittier played at a time when concussions and head-related trauma wasn't addressed. The game was played on concrete-like astroturf and helmets provided little protection. 

Could Seth Littrell Be a Target of Another University

Seth Littrell's tenure at North Texas has been a success. The Mean Green went to a bowl game last season and continue to show improvement this season. UTSA's Frank Wilson is currently considered a hot name for several Power 5 potential openings. Littrell's rebuild at North Texas might be even more impressive. The Mean Green's talent entering last season was lacking, and Littrell and his staff took them above and beyond expectation. This season the Mean Green are even better, and their offense is among the best in the G5. 

Most programs skew towards offensive minded coaches and Littrell's pedigree, having coached for Mike Leach, Kevin Wilson, and Larry Fedora is phenomenal. If North Texas continues to climb in CUSA, other programs will come sniffing around their head coach. 

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Posted on October 11, 2017 .