Bo Pelini Isn't a Fan of the Devil's Lettuce

By DJ Byrnes on August 29, 2014 at 11:32a
Bo Pelini says to say NO to the devil's lettuce
Reefer Madness, 1936

Here's an lede that could begin a story about almost literally anything in the world:

Bo Pelini veered off topic a little Friday morning at the Big Red Breakfast...

*immediately makes sure seat belt is secured*

and took a strong stance against marijuana, telling a crowd of about 250 people that it’s a “real problem out there.” 

Oh really? Do tell, Bo.

“Let’s face it, it’s not OK,” Pelini said. “I think everybody that’s our age, my age, hopefully understands that it’s not OK. It’s not good. It’s not good for you. And these kids do it on a daily basis and a yearly basis … and it’s a real problem out there.

“Fortunately for us it is not (an issue) in our program. But I can tell you around college football and college athletics … serious in college. I guarantee you walk into dorms nowadays and it is a horrible problem.”

Bo Pelini arrived at Ohio State in 1987. Granted, I wasn't yet one years-old when that occurred, but I'm willing to bet Bo didn't have to go far to find a dorm room that had a bit of a marijuana problem.

I also love how marijuana is apparently an epidemic in college football... but obviously it's not an issue for Nebraska. 

This is also before we begin to unpack the fact Bo's brother, Carl, a former member of his staff, has a much more radical stance regarding recreational use of marijuana (and cocaine).


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AndyVance's picture

I also love how marijuana is apparently an epidemic in college football... but obviously it's not an issue for Nebraska. 

I chuckled about that, as well, although I'm sure he realized after saying that it's a huge problem in college football, people would assume it was a huge problem for the Huskers if he didn't say otherwise.

I seem to recall our own Urban F. Meyer saying something similar last year - that smokin' the wacky tobacky was a big problem in college athletics today. The NFL clearly sees it as a huge problem, given its jihad on marijuana abuse in recent years... a much bigger problem in the League's eyes than say, beating your girlfriend unconscious.

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OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Yeti's have feelings too.

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Hovenaut's picture


There's so a Carl Pelini joke here somewhere.

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spqr2008's picture

To be fair to Bo, maybe his brother's poor experiences as a result of his drug use are the most important factor informing his views on drugs.

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BTBuckeye's picture

From what I can tell, If you're a CFB player and you smoked weed that usually means you run a 4.4

cplunk's picture

Nah, you run a 4.20 

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braneli's picture

Meh, all this hoopla over cannabis is silly. It's the most powerful plant resource that our world can offer.

"You are confined only by the walls you build yourself."

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Faded Trey's picture

And it's pretty easy to grow yourself once you get the hang of it. Or so I've heard.

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BennyBucks's picture

I'm afraid Bo is fighting a losing battle. There are at least 10 marijuana stores within walking distance of my house right now, that I can legally walk into and purchase as much of the medicine as I need. Or, I can just call one of the hundred legal deliveries that will be here quicker than a pizza. It will soon be this way all over. 


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3GB's picture

Bo's just pissed that his fantasy draft 10th round steal of Josh Gordon won't pan out after all.

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

At OSU, I found that my grades were actually improved with the more that I smoked it.  I think a lot of it is overblown, personally.  The biggest danger of it is laziness. 

Class of 2010.

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Buckeyeneer's picture

Alcohol is my drug of choice but I tend to believe in simple moderation. I liked South Park's take on it which is similar to your laziness comment. Their "I learned something today moment" went something like: Pot likely won't kill you or cause you to hurt anyone, you'll mostly just sit around on the couch doing nothing. Even worse, it will make you feel ok about the fact that you are doing nothing, and that is not good.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

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Faded Trey's picture

Moderation is the key word in your post. It's the difference between use and abuse.

causeicouldntgo43's picture

Well said Woody...well said. Miss that guy.

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Unky Buck's picture

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

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VintonCountyBuck's picture

They must smoke a lot of corn silk out in Nebraska

“Right now, Michigan is not at the pinnacle of college football, and that’s all Urban Meyer cares about...He’s been there and knows what it takes to get there.” 

Gobucks2204's picture

At Ohio University our Resident Advisors were smoking it with their residents.  We had drug sniffing dogs come to our dorm my first weekend there. It was everywhere and world renowned for being close to Meigs county. So it was hard to get through school unscathed by temptation.  The only thing I remember about it was I thought I was very clever and smart.

"Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends"

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