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Husker Corner's Monday Mailbag (7/14/14)

Welcome to another Monday at Husker Corner. There won’t be many more before we’re analyzing every little aspect of college football and I expect the questions to get much saucier.

We received some interesting questions this week, so let’s get to it.

Brandon: Hmm…philosophy. I like this and it’s not the first time I’ve been asked the question or thought about it myself. I think sumo wrestlers would make amazing offensive linemen.

To be good at the art, you need to excel at just about every area your standard American football offensive lineman does. It requires good footwork, constant awareness and a well exercised center of gravity.

Brandon: Oh, this already happened, my good sir. Back when Tim Brando suggested Miles as a potential replacement at Tennessee in mid-April, sirens went off.

Oh Tim Brando you shut your dirty blank mouth!!!! I guess we better get used to it. I honestly have a gut feeling Tim will stay for awhile. A guy can hope right! I am sure there may be some pay leverage, who knows….. – HuskerMax.com Forums Member FCHusker

Totally understandable, too. Fortunately, I think Nebraska will give coach Miles all he needs to live like a “King” in Lincoln.

What game would be a telltale sign that this season will be more fruitful or more of the same under Bo? – Ernest Livingston (Husker Corner Mail)

Brandon: Excellent question. I don’t have one particular game to underscore for you, but I think if Nebraska’s 5-0 heading into its matchup against Michigan State, there’s reason for optimism.

If the Big Red’s 6-0, then I think you’ll see Husker fans really getting psyched.

There’s been a lot of players across the country getting busted for pot lately (our own included). If it were made nationally legal, should it still be punishable by coaches? – Terrence Bradley (Husker Corner Mail)

Brandon: Congratulations on officially being the most controversial e-mail ever sent in.

To answer your question (and this is my opinion), if smoking marijuana was nationally legal and you, as a coach, want to say that your team can’t smoke it, that’s fine. It’s your call. However, you’re setting yourself up for a headache.

Let’s say you tell the team that they’re barred from marijuana use. There’ll be random tests, etc. Likely the same stuff that happens now. Where do you stop? Alcohol’s legal and players drink. At what point do they get randomly breath tested, too?

How much time and energy are you and your staff going to put into making sure that no weed or alcohol has entered your player’s bodies before it negatively impacts your program and when is that, exactly?

Both impair judgement, too, but you don’t hear about a coach suspending a player who can legally drink because he threw back a couple the night before a game. However, a guy smokes a joint five days earlier and gets suspended for a week or two, if not longer.

Ultimately, it’s up to the coach. If it’s legal, I say treat it like Twitter, alcohol or anything else that’s hurting your program: lock it down if it becomes a problem.

Thanks for the questions, folks (especially that last one). As always, if you want to be a part of next week’s Mailbag, send us a question/comment. Have a good rest of the week!

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