Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Riley acts swiftly in response to alcohol-related death

Mike Riley can get tough. Even those who question his "nice guy" demeanor have to agree that his latest actions prove he can lay down the law.

Riley toughens alcohol policy

Riley feels so strongly about the death of an 18 year old man who had been partying with OSU football players that he has instituted a one strike and you're out policy relating to drugs and alcohol.

"What I tell them is in a blink of an eye your life will change if you make the wrong decision," Riley said. "We talked about this for a while. I issued a new ruling from what we are going to expect in this program that is tougher than any I've every heard of. Anything involved with the charge of alcohol or drugs and you are off the football team. So that is sobering. Our team was as quiet as I've seen at that time."

The athletic department also created mandatory education programs in the spring for players to learn about alcohol when they join the program. It goes over the legal issues and school policy.

Bravo Mike. That's the kind of decisive action that many in Beaver Nation were clamoring for after the incidents of last year. One thing I feel that Mike and Bob do is address a problem when it arises.

Now if we could get a statement for Bob DeCarolis about the academic situation that was reported last weekend, that would be great. And while you're at it, please take a look at the entire athletic department in general and make sure that everything is under control and nothing else is going to end up on the front page of the Oregonian. Please.

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