Being there

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?


Filed under Alabama, Clemson: Auburn With A Lake

32 responses to “Being there

  1. You’re right. Voluntarily stiffing your fellow teammates each much worse.


  2. Busta

    Damn, the shots of deer piss and antler spray make a return to Bama!


  3. Correction.
    You’re right. Voluntarily stiffing your fellow teammates IS much worse.


  4. stoopnagle

    PSA kids: Don’t take supplements!


  5. Union Jack

    Swinney is full of it on this case … from the ESPN article – “This particular substance can come from anything,” Swinney said. “And these three players have no clue — in fact, they thought it was a joke when I called them. They have no clue how this has gotten in their system. It could come from hair products. It could come from a cream. It could come from protein. It could come from a product that you order or buy online that you think there’s nothing wrong with it. It could be anything. Literally, it could be a drink — something in a drink.

    And this is directly from the USADA site:

    Do everyday products contain ostarine?
    There are in fact products that contain ostarine, but only illegal ones. Given that ostarine is not approved for human use or consumption in the U.S., or in any other country, there are no legal medications that contain ostarine.

    It’s also important to note that ostarine is not a permitted ingredient in dietary supplements. However, you should be aware that some dietary supplement manufacturers illegally put SARMs like ostarine in their products and sell them as “legal steroids” or “research only” chemicals. Moreover, they may omit ostarine from the label entirely, or use misleading names to confuse consumers. For example, ostarine may also be called enobosarm, MK-2866, or GTx-024. Some examples of supplements that contain ostarine can be found on the USADA High Risk List. Click here for an advisory on ostarine in supplements.


    • Go Dawgs!

      Hey, I’ll give Swinney credit for being open and forthcoming about the problem in his press conference and not just putting the guys under the team rules umbrella. You don’t see Coach Saban out there discussing why his players aren’t at the Orange Bowl.


      • Union Jack

        Actually – I don’t think he had that luxury since failing drug test for a performance enhancer falls under a different policy and has to be reported to the governing bodies.

        Swinney is trying to sell a story that these guys were not trying to skirt the rules and simply picked up the “wrong” drink when this substance isn’t found in a single legal product on the market.

        While I suspect that Bama’s guys were messing with the weed, it could also have been something stupid like blowing off a final or something too..


  6. Chopdawg

    Don’t wanna play the bowl game? Violate a team rule.


  7. Go Dawgs!

    My first reaction was that it certainly appears that Alabama had players flunk the PED test because there’s no other team rule that would keep Saban from playing his best players in a championship game. My second reaction was, why didn’t they run this test before the SEC Championship Game, it sure would be nice not to have had to play their steroid freaks in the game.

    My third reaction was to remember that we’ve also got a lot of seriously jacked physical specimens playing on our side and that I’m fine leaving it alone.


  8. Tony Barnfart

    Dabo sounds like the classic case of the guilty party overcompensating in reaction and explanation. (Hey, we’ll even add that they thought it was a joke…)


  9. Macallanlover

    The “team rules” category doesn’t fit the Clemson situation, that was an NCAA drug test and, if it holds, would mean a 1 year suspension, and will be made public, like with Grier. The Bama case seems to be the usual garden variety “team rules” and would let Bama decide the timing.

    As for the Sample B situation, it is from the same batch as the original sample so that is why it is highly likely to show the same result. I think it is to verify it wasn’t an equipment error involved and the 2nd reading would confirm the original result. Dabo just chose to announce it before the 2nd result was given to Clemson. From what I read, the NCAA didn’t really want to allow the 3 players to travel to Dallas with the team and be with the team.


  10. ElectroM

    Damn, Swinney said everything except claiming they caught it off of a toilet seat.


  11. Bulldog Joe

    Time for Dabo to call the ol’ Piss and Lateral play.


  12. Bulldog Joe

    Deonte Brown being held out tells us Saban is not impressed with OU’s defense.