As Penn State opens up its spring practice sessions today, new head coach Bill O'Brien's coaching skill on the field is already taking a back seat in the public eye to his off-field discipline.
That's because, according to a report by WTAJ 10, the CBS affiliate in Altoona, PA, senior wide receiver Devon Smith and former defensive end Jack Crawford (a senior in 2011) were targets of a police raid with a warrant back on March 14—and the police left the players' apartment with drugs and drug paraphernalia.
As reported by PSU student newspaper The Daily Collegian, police seized "multiple blunts, a bottle of liquor, a grinder, a scale, a plastic bag with suspected marijuana and prescription drugs."
Smith and Crawford are both over 21, so unless there was marijuana IN the liquor (oh God, someone please tell me that's a bad idea and not nearly as genius as I think it is), the two men probably weren't breaking any laws by possessing it. The rest of the things, though, could mean serious trouble for Smith and Crawford.
We say "could" because—and this is important to note—neither Smith nor Crawford have been arrested as a result of this raid. That's not to say that charges aren't forthcoming because: A) the fact that drugs and drug things were taken from the players' room is not in dispute; and B) with pills, investigators may need to analyze them (and despite what CSI would have you believe, that isn't a 10-second task) and adjust charges accordingly.
Additionally, actually preparing an arrest warrant and drawing up the specific list of charges to levy against the two men takes plenty of time and effort from attorneys. So this story's clearly not over.
It's interesting to note that despite the raid happening 12 days ago, Penn State has not suspended Drake from the program as of the time of this posting; the PSU athletic department hasn't even issued a statement, and Bill O'Brien declined comment at his press conference this afternoon, having just learned about the situation this morning.
So if Smith decided to just not tell coaches he got drugs taken out of his apartment two weeks ago, that's probably a great way to make sure a brand new coach makes an example of you when it's time to mete out discipline.
So we'll see how this plays out and what Smith's fate with the team is—again, Crawford's career with Penn State is already over—but it would hardly be surprising if Smith has played his last game for the blue and white.