Category Archives: The Body Is A Temple

The case that never cracked

Remember these greatest hits?

    • “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.”
  • In response to the NCAA’s finding that three of its players tested positive for a banned substance called ostarine, Clemson is currently investigating Epsom salt as a possible cause.
  • “Still looking at all of the different things that we give to our players,” Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich said. “Hopefully we’ll come up with an answer here soon.”

    Float tanks, Epsom salts, energy drinks and hair products were among guesses players threw out. Some supplement companies include banned substances without proper labeling. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says ostarine has not been approved for human use or consumption in any country.

Good times, eh?

Turns out two of the three players who tested positive will not be returning to showcase their talents for Dabo this season.

Zach Giella’s career at Clemson is officially over.

The former Tigers offensive lineman, who was one of three players suspended for PEDs prior to the 2018 Cotton Bowl, is no longer listed on Clemson’s roster, and a school official confirmed Saturday afternoon that Giella is no longer a member of Clemson’s team.

The senior, who played in 11 games for the Tigers last season, had his suspension for testing positive for ostarine upheld last month, along with tight end Braden Galloway. Defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence was also suspended, but he opted to turn pro after his junior season and was picked in the first round of the NFL draft by the New York Giants.

There was talk that Giella and Galloway could return for the postseason in 2019, as the punishment is in effect for a year from the date of the test, according to NCAA rules. However, a Clemson official said it was determined that Giella is unable to return.

Clemson is still seeking clarification on Galloway for the 2019 bowl season, according to a school official.

What a shame.  And that Epsom salt lead looked so promising.




Filed under Clemson: Auburn With A Lake, The Body Is A Temple

Friday morning buffet

Have a little nosh on me.

  • You can get odds on Nick Saban’s retirement now.
  • When Isaiah Wilson says, “I want to physically beat you,” I believe him.
  • The Pac-12 has “multiple bids of at least $750 million in hand from companies looking to become equity investors in the conference.” If one of the conditions for purchase is that Larry Scott steps down, that might be a fair trade off.
  • Maryland:  nobody could do a worse job than we did with Jordan McNair’s death.  Garden City Community College:  hold my beer.
  • The majority of SEC coaches don’t sound that enamored with the Oklahoma drill.
  • From sagging attendance and hefty debt service payments for their upgraded facilities to beer sales, a tale for our times.  Concerning a member of the conference generating the most revenue, to boot.
  • More revenue woes:  when Mizzou is bleeding money, it’s the cheerleading coaches who must pay.
  • Not a good look when three safeties, including both starters, enter the transfer portal on back-to-back days, West Virginia.
  • A sign that you’re getting old:  Mack Brown has knee replacement surgery performed by a former player.


Filed under Big Ten Football, Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness, Nick Saban Rules, Pac-12 Football, SEC Football, The Body Is A Temple, Transfers Are For Coaches., What's Bet In Vegas Stays In Vegas

Banged up in Knoxville

Soon to be heard on the recruiting trail:

Pruitt will try to use that as a sales point, but you better believe that everyone else is going to be showing that statistic to every kid’s momma and asking her how she likes those odds for her boy.

I’m not rooting for kids to be hurt, of course, but considering the damage the Neyland Stadium turf did to Georgia’s 2013 season (and Nick Chubb’s career), I can’t help but wonder if there’s a little karma at work here.


Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, The Body Is A Temple

Thursday morning buffet

Shuffle up and grab a plate.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Gators, Gators..., Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness, Recruiting, SEC Football, The Body Is A Temple


It strikes me that “robotic” might be doing a lot of work here.

It could be referring to the surgery, the new hip or the patient himself.  Then again, who’s to say it’s not all three?


Filed under Nick Saban Rules, The Body Is A Temple

“We’re better off padding the goal posts.”

Mel Tucker learned right from the start that he wasn’t in Georgia anymore.

The University of Colorado hired a new football coach in December, and as coaches are wont to do, he talked tough.

“Our team, we will be physical,” Coach Mel Tucker said at his introductory news conference. “My dad always told me the name of the game is hit, hit, H-I-T. There is always a place on the field for someone who will hit.”

He was preaching that old-style pigskin religion. Unfortunately, Tucker, who came from the University of Georgia, runs a football program that has produced at least a half-dozen players — including several who played in the N.F.L. — who have killed themselves. Other former players are alive but afflicted by severe post-concussion problems.

Two university regents, dissenters from the Church of Hit, Hit and Hit, read Tucker’s remarks and shook their heads. A few days later, these heretics voted against his five-year, $14.75 million contract. They could not block the contract, but another cannon had been fired in the football concussion wars.

“I really thought at first that we could play football safely with better rules and better equipment; I drank the Kool-Aid,” she told me. “I can’t go there anymore. I don’t believe it can be played safely anymore. I want these young men to leave C.U. with minds that have been strengthened, not damaged.”

I wish I could say I have a good rebuttal for that, but I don’t.  In fact, I don’t think you’ll find a better summary of the dilemma college football faces in that regard than this quote:

“We should move in the direction of offering lifelong insurance and medical care for football players who become badly damaged,” said John Kroll, the other regent who voted against the coach’s contract. “But to do that is an implicit acknowledgment this game is incredibly dangerous to play.”

We love the sport and our passion fuels its success, but, man, the price some of these kids wind up paying for that.  I don’t know about you, but, yeah, I feel a little guilty.  In the meantime, as a minimum, make that lifelong insurance and medical care a reality, schools.  It really is the least you can do.


Filed under College Football, The Body Is A Temple

“What a strange few months it has been without football.”

Marshall Long announced his retirement from football yesterday.  That’s what three knee surgeries will do to someone.

Best of luck to him.


Filed under Georgia Football, The Body Is A Temple