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Georgia makes slight changes to drug testing policy

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Georgia’s athletic association revised its drug testing policy for the first time in more than three and a half years, but the changes are relatively minor and do not alter the stringent penalty structure already in place for violations.

The revised policy, finalized on June 1 and in effect for the upcoming school year, puts an emphasis on confidentiality on failed tests.

“Employees who improperly release such information are subject to discipline up to and including termination of employment,” it states.

Anyone from the school notified of a substance abuse issue for an athlete “will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement.”

“What’s confidential is confidential,”athletic director Greg McGarity said.

A first offense still brings a suspension for at least 10 percent of the season (one game). A second offense still triggers a suspension for at least 30 percent of the season (four games). A third offense still will bring dismissal and termination of scholarship.

PENN STATE: The school is adding the names of players as well as a symbol of child-abuse awareness to the football team’s jerseys for the upcoming season.

The university says the changes will take effect with the Sept. 1 season opener against Ohio University.

The team’s generic look has long been its trademark, but officials say they’re adding the names to recognize the players’ “resolve and dedication.”

The uniforms will also sport a blue ribbon to support victims of child abuse.

Oklahoma: Former Penn State receiver Justin Brown went through his first practice with the Sooners on Tuesday, completing the process of transferring that started last week. Brown, a senior, will be eligible to play this season because of the NCAA’s penalties against Penn State.

He was dropped from the Nittany Lions’ roster Sunday, arrived in Norman on Monday night and was able to hit the field with his new team by Tuesday morning.

Before Brown’s arrival, Kenny Stills was the only Sooners receiver who had caught a pass in college and wasn’t suspended indefinitely.

“I can’t say enough, looking out there today when you see him added to the equation, a guy that’s a senior that has three years’ experience of playing and fighting people, crack back blocking on people, and catching the ball,” coach Bob Stoops said.


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