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Oklahoma State suspends center Philip Jurick indefinitely after marijuana arrest

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Oklahoma State has suspended center Philip Jurick from its men’s basketball team after he pleaded not guilty to marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession charges Monday, the Associated Press is reporting.

The 6-11, 270-pound Jurick was charged with the misdemeanors Monday and entered his plea, set to appear in court again on Aug. 20.

Oklahoma State is readying itself for an overseas trip to Spain, a trip that head coach Travis Ford said Jurick will not be making in light of his suspension. According to the Associated Press, a final verdict on his standing with the team will be determined when more information about the case is available.

This past season, Jurick averaged 1.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in his year with the Cowboys. He is a native of Chattanooga, Tenn.

He began his college career at Tennessee, where he redshirted his freshman season. He then transferred to Chattanooga State. He played two seasons there, including a sophomore season where he was named an NJCAA Second Team All-American.

For Oklahoma State, this is the second bit of major news tied to the legal system in recent weeks, as another suspended player, forward Darrell Williams, was convicted on charges of sexual battery and rape by instrumentation. He had been suspended from the team since February of 2011.

The Cowboys finished this past season with an overall record of 15-18, including 7-11 in the Big 12.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Indictments made in alleged drug ring involving Kansas Jayhawks

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Indictments have been made in the alleged drug ring tied to the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team, now citing 35 people and 101 counts of wrongdoing.

According to the Associated Press, federal prosecutors allege that the ring supplied $17 million worth of drugs to people mostly residing in Kansas, which then goes on to make the connection to the KU basketball team.

Suppliers in the ring allegedly provided certain Jayhawk players with marijuana and one man, Samuel Villeareal III, was often spotted with players, even sitting behind the bench for Kansas basketball games.

The university would not comment to the Associated Press on the incident, maintains that a drug testing policy is in place to screen freshmen, transfer students, and playoff teams.

The alleged incident involves the 2010-11 Jayhawks, a team that finished 35-3 and featured players that include Josh Selby, Marcus and Markieff Morris, and Brady Morningstar.

According to a previous report from the Kansas City Star, a cell phone is the major link between the alleged ring and Kansas basketball.

““We know that because of the text messages we obtained from the iPhone and also from surveillance that was done throughout this investigation of Mr. Villeareal,” Morehead said, according to a transcript that was reported by the Star.

For the full AP report, click here.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Alleged marijuana dealer reportedly supplied Kansas basketball players

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A Kansas City-area man charged in a large-scale drug ring allegedly supplied marijuana to some members of the 2010-11 Kansas Jayhawks men’s basketball team, according to a federal prosecutor.

The report from the Kansas City Star, published Friday, says that Samuel Villeareal III, 32, is one of 25 defendants charged in U.S. District Court with conspiring to sell marijuana, as much as 1,000 kilograms over a four-year period.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Terra Morehead, a seized cell phone is the link between Villeareal and the Kansas basketball team.

““We know that because of the text messages we obtained from the iPhone and also from surveillance that was done throughout this investigation of Mr. Villeareal,” Morehead said, according to a transcript that was reported by the Star.

Morehead said the phone became “a key component to this entire investigation.”

The investigation also hinges on observations of Villeareal’s actions made by agents investigating the case.

“At one occasion, law enforcement had Mr. Villeareal this basketball season at the Sprint Center sitting behind the KU basketball bench with a number of the players,” Morehead is quoted as saying. “So we know that he had probably not only a personal relationship with them but a professional relationship as well.”

The 2010-11 Jayhawks won the Big 12, finishing 35-3 and advancing to the Elite Eight, before losing to Virginia Commonwealth.

Featured on that team were Marcus and Markieff Morris, Josh Selby, Brady Morningstar, and Tyshawn Taylor.

To read the full report from the Star, click here.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

AP investigation: SEC marijuana penalties not as stiff as those from NCAA

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According to an investigation by the Associated Press, players who test positive for marijuana at schools in the SEC face a lesser penalty than the one-year suspension one would receive for being busted by the NCAA.

The report says that players many times get multiple chances, even four or five, before dismissal from the team. In comparison, failed drug tests given by the NCAA carry an automatic suspension.

The Associated Press investigated 11 SEC schools, with Vanderbilt not being obligated to provide information, given its status as a private institution.

Schools dictate their own testing policies, though the NCAA does still conduct its own drug tests. With that, though, positive drug tests are protected by privacy laws, not even requiring schools to notify the NCAA.

”We need to tighten it up quite a bit and come up with a good policy for everyone involved,” Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork told the AP.

The most notable part of this is the variation between schools within the same conference. For example, as the report cites, second-time marijuana offenders at Georgia and Auburn could lose half of a season to suspension, whereas identical cases at Arkansas and Florida would lose only close to 10%.

To read the report in its entirety, click here.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_