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Wednesday, September 10, 2008
ACC in the morning: Lalich denies using drugs while on probation

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

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:

Here's what we don't know:

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.