Florida State Seminoles: Tyrann Mathieu

When Jimbo Fisher dismissed starting cornerback Greg Reid two weeks ago, his hands were tied.

Reid, a senior and three-year starter, had been arrested on misdemeanor charges that included possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. It was his third incident, and Florida State's rules required Fisher to say goodbye to a player teammates lauded as an intense and dedicated leader.

The incident isn't unique, and last week LSU star Tyrann Mathieu became the latest big name to be booted from a program due, reportedly, to repeated violations of the school's rules regarding marijuana use.

It is, as Fisher described it, an epidemic.

"I think it's tremendous in the high school and junior high levels," Fisher said. "I think it's bigger than it's ever been in our society, Woodstock, any of that. It's bigger now than it's ever been."

Indeed, recent surveys show that drug use among junior high and high school students has risen dramatically in recent years, from about 18.8 percent of 12th graders in 2007 to 22.6 percent in 2011, according to Monitoring the Future.

The NCAA's latest survey, which was conducted in 2009, showed close to 27 percent of football players admitted using marijuana in the past year, even as the number of high-profile incidents have continued to shed light on the problem.

Fisher, of course, is not alone among coaches concerned with the issue, but he believes the current system may not be providing anything close to a true understanding of the problem.

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