Sometimes the NCAA’s decision making doesn’t make much sense.
This is true in the case of C.J. Harris, a preferred walk-on safety for Auburn for the 2018 season. He has epilepsy, and doctors prescribed cannabis oil for the seizures the condition causes. He played high school football in Warner Robins, Ga.
That’s a no-no according to the NCAA, and Harris has been ruled ineligible to play for the Tigers, per WGXA.com.
“The hardest thing I’ve done,” Curtis Harris, C.J.’s father, said. “You’re taking something away from a kid who’s worked so hard in his life to get there. And you’re just taking it away because he’s taking a medication that’s helping with his disability.”
Under NCAA rules, student-athletes cannot have any tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in their systems, and the oil Harris takes for his seizures contains a small amount. Therefore, he can’t pass a drug test.
Harris, according to the report, is looking at alternative treatment for his condition.