Thought it was interesting to see these news bits hit almost right on top of each other over the Christmas break:
- “Clemson coach Dabo Swinney revealed on Monday during a press conference ahead of the team’s College Football Playoff date with Notre Dame in the 2018 Cotton Bowl that three Tigers had failed NCAA-administered drug testing. Standout defensive tackle and potential first-round NFL Draft pick Dexter Lawrence, offensive lineman Zach Giella and tight end Braden Galloway are the three members of the Clemson team that tested positive.
Swinney said that Lawrence, Giella and Galloway all failed an NCAA drug test that produced a “sliver of ostarine” in the results. Ostarine is a performance-enhancing substance used for muscle-building and is currently on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) prohibited list. .
For the time being, Swinney said he’s holding out hope that the “B” samples (which will immediately be tested before a suspension is handed down) will clear all three, noting that the players were stunned to hear the news and even “thought it was a joke.” An appeal of the tests would not be heard until after the semifinal, meaning the players will be suspended by the NCAA for the Cotton Bowl if the B samples also test positive for the substance.”
- “Alabama announced on Monday that three players — junior offensive lineman Elliot Baker, sophomore offensive lineman Deonte Brown and sophomore tight end Kedrick James — did not make the trip to South Florida for the College Football Playoff semifinal and are suspended for the Orange Bowl due to a violation of team rules and policies.”
Hey, it could be worse. At least none of the six were skipping the semis to get ready for the NFL draft, amirite?