Players' Drug, DUI Charges Make Cotton Bowl Status Unclear

After recent run-ins with the law, two University of Oklahoma football players may not see action against Texas A&M at the Cotton Bowl on January 4. Sooners coach Bob Stoops has not yet said whether or not junior receiver Jalen Saunders and senior defensive tackle Stacy McGee will play in the Cotton Bowl against the Aggies following their arrests this month.

On December 2, Fresno State transfer Jalen Saunders was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. He was arrested during a traffic stop with junior defensive back Cortez Johnson, who is already sitting out this season after transferring from Arizona.

On the morning of Christmas Eve, Stacy McGee was arrested by the Cleveland County Sheriff's Department on complaints of DUI and driving with a suspended license. Though Stoops has not said whether or not McGee will play in the upcoming bowl game, one OU source reports that after the DUI arrest, the defensive tackle's career with the Sooners "is over."

The arrest for DUI and driving while suspended is not the first time Stacy McGee has been in trouble with

the law or faced suspension from the team. He missed the season opener of 2011 after being cited for marijuana possession, and he missed the first six games of this season following an undisclosed violation of team rules.

Earlier this year, former Oklahoma State University standout receiver and first-round draft pick Justin Blackmon was arrested for DUI in Stillwater with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.24--three times the legal limit. He pleaded guilty in July and received a sentence that included submitting to urine tests and two years of ignition interlock, but no jail time. The Jacksonville Jaguars player was previously arrested for DUI as a sophomore at OSU, but that charge was reduced from DUI to Minor in Possession.

In addition to any legal penalties a person faces for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, college athletes face university and athletic sanctions such as suspension from key games, being kicked off the team, and having scholarships revoked. Regardless of the penalties you face following an arrest for DUI or drug possession, it is important to have legal representation from a qualified attorney. Contact an Oklahoma drug defense lawyer or DUI attorney through our criminal defense website at