The Stefan Welsh Situation at Arkansas

Kurt WirthCorrespondent IJuly 10, 2009

SPOKANE, WA - MARCH 16:  Stefan Welsh #2 of Arkansas Razorbacks controls the ball against the USC Trojans during the first round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Spokane Memorial Arena on March 16, 2007 in Spokane, Washington.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
This Arkansas situation is getting deeper.
First, understand that all of this is purely speculation and may or may not have any accuracy. I struggle tirelessly to bring the most accurate and truthful information, and to this date I haven’t been wrong, but I continue to emphasize the importance of understanding that all of this could be completely incorrect.

With that said, the word is that Stefan Welsh both failed a drug test as well as dropping a course he needed to pass to remain eligible for the fall. Welsh very well could not see any playing time next season, but almost certainly won’t be kicked off of the team for several reasons.

First, coach John Pelphrey’s contract supposedly states that if Arkansas’ APR falls to the point of losing a scholarship, he may be fired at any point without severance pay. Arkansas’ APR is supposedly at 888 at the moment, 37 points shy of the NCAA’s 925 minimum.

In addition, Welsh has close ties to recently departed Arkansas guard/forward Jason Henry and the Razorbacks’ biggest incoming recruit, Marshawn Powell. Powell is supposedly so close with Welsh that if Welsh and his playing time were to be endangered, Powell would reconsider attending Arkansas.

This much is clear; Pelphrey has dug himself a very deep hole.