ACC in the morning: Lalich denies using drugs while on probation

September, 10, 2008
9/10/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

The now sealed court documents say one thing, but Virginia quarterback Peter Lalich says another:

"I have not smoked or done any drugs while on my probation," Lalich said Tuesday at the Cavaliers' weekly news conference.

Here's what you need to know, according to the Charlottesville Daily Progress:

  • Lalich says he misunderstood the time frame in question when he admitted during a probation interview that he violated a requirement that he not consume alcohol or other drugs. 
  • Lalich's drug test proved negative for alcohol and drugs -- a day after he was originally scheduled to take it.
  • Lalich's court date is Sept. 26, the day before Virginia plays Duke.

Here's what we don't know:

  • Why or how the court document is no longer a matter of public record.
  • Why Lalich couldn't take the test on the day he was supposed to.
  • Why it took until Tuesday for anyone to refute this, when the story broke before Lalich took the field against Richmond.

Said coach Al Groh:

"In life, whatever circumstances any of us are involved in, certainly in any of those circumstances all of us bring some of it on ourselves, whether it's good or bad," Groh said. "In this particular case it seems like in some circumstances a rush to pile on."

This might be true, but being a college quarterback is a privilege, and the media is also quick to pile on accolades when one is successful. Chase Daniel, Mark Sanchez and Graham Harrell are in the news far more than Peter Lalich.

The bottom line: Lalich put himself in a situation he shouldn't have been in, otherwise this wouldn't be an issue, but his coaches and teammates support him like most families would. Guilt is something for the court to determine, and playing time is up to the coach. The fans are the ones paying to see Lalich on Saturdays, though, so they have a right to know what's going on with their quarterback -- good or bad.

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