It had been a quiet offseason. But now Shadrach Thornton is back in the news, and once again it's not good news. NC State announced Thursday that Thornton has been suspended for the first two games of the regular season for a violation of team rules. According to ESPN's Brett McMurphy, that violation is a failed drug test.
Thornton has a lengthy history of legal troubles and this is the third time he's been suspended during his NC State career. Back in 2013, he was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault following an incident with his girlfriend. Later that year, he was cited for marijuana possession, though those charges were dropped.
If this failed drug test is marijuana-related, it's not really a big deal--or rather it wouldn't be if Thornton did not have a pattern of legal problems preceding this most recent stumble. I'm sure Dave Doeren's patience has worn thin, though obviously he's not reached a breaking point.
As for what this means for NC State this season ... probably little-to-nothing. The Wolfpack shouldn't need Thornton's help to take care of Troy and Eastern Kentucky. Matt Dayes' workload will be a bit heavier, but this is NC State's deepest position group, and the offense will be fine. If anything, this is an opportunity for the young guys to turn some heads.