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MIDDAY UPDATE: Smoker holds press conference

November 14, 2002

In front of national media in the Clara Bell Smith Student-Athlete Academic Center, MSU junior quarterback Jeff Smoker spoke publicly about his substance abuse problems for the first time since being indefinitely suspended Oct. 24.

"This day isn't exactly something that I've looked forward to, but I realized it had to be done," Smoker said. "I'd like to apologize to my teammates, my friends, my family, the coaches, fans, young kids, everyone that looked to me."

Smoker's status with the team has not changed - he will not play again this season - and said he intends trying to join the team next season.

Since his suspension, there have been a plethora of rumors circulating as to why. Smoker would not specify a certain substance, but did say it was more than one substance that caused him problems. He also denounced rumors about gambling, dealing and playing while impaired.

Smoker said he has been receiving treatment and will continue to receive treatment.

In seven games, Smoker passed for 1,593 yards with 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

For more information, see Friday's edition of The State News.

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