Bo Pelini veered off topic on Friday morning at the Big Red Breakfast and took a strong stance against marijuana, telling a crowd of about 250 that it’s a “real problem out there.”

Pelini called it not only an issue in high schools, middle schools and even grade schools, but society in general, saying, “It is out of control.”

“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.”

Earlier in his talk, Pelini was discussing the modern challenges that coaches face and what they see with players, families and backgrounds.

His comments about marijuana followed when he was asked to expound.

“I think it’s something in society we need to get fixed,” he said, “but unfortunately they get bad information.”

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