When Kansas QB Jordan Webb left the field with a shoulder-injury late in the Jayhawks’ 45-10 home-loss to Texas A&M Saturday he did what many God-fearing Midwesterners do after a hard days work: He put in a chaw.
Now this might come as a surprise to many that a University of Kansas student athlete is representing his school and in effect the residents of the Great state of Kansas by succumbing to his nicotine addiction while still in uniform, on the sidelines and while the game is still being played. The news is especially shocking on a Turner Gill coached team.
Gill, is known for his strict disciplinarianism. The coach has banned both women and the use of cell-phones at times during the 2010 season. He has also banned the use of swear-words by both players and coaches, and had them sign pledges (sort of like this) stating that they will abide by such stipulations.
Then again maybe Gill didn’t feel like he should have to add the use of chewing-tobacco to his laundry-list of team bannings. After all the NCAA strictly prohibits tobacco use in its bylaws.
NCAA Rules Related to Tobacco
11.17 Use of Tobacco Products. The use of Tobacco products is prohibited by all game personnel (e.g., coaches, trainers, managers and game officials) in all sports during practice and competition.
Tobacco: The use of tobacco products by a student-athlete is prohibited during practice and competition. A student-athlete who uses tobacco products during a practice or competition shall be disqualified for the remainder of the practice or competition. The use of tobacco products by coaches and game officials also is prohibited. At NCAA championships, tobacco use by any individual on the field of play – as well as during other championship activities such as banquets, autograph sessions, press conferences and post-game interviews is prohibited. Violations of this policy shall be dealt with by the appropriate sports committee in accordance with the misconduct provisions of NCAA
Bylaw 31.1.8. Further, in the sport of baseball, dugouts are considered to be on the “field of play.”
Whether Webb was unaware of the rule or not he doesn’t seem to be to discreet as he pops in a dip in plain sight of fans and media. A Jayhawk staff-member looks on approvingly. <— video link, got to 1:24 in the video.
Webb is listed as questionable for Saturdays game at Iowa State. It remains to be seen whether corrective action will be taken in regards to the apparent tobacco usage during the Texas A&M game.