Originally created 07/08/06

Clemson releases drug test, NCAA violation details



COLUMBIA, S.C. - There were seven positive tests for marijuana among Clemson athletes in the past year, the school said Friday.

Clemson's athletic department conducted 458 drug tests from July 1, 2005, through this past June 30, with the seven positives coming back. The school said it had no positive tests for other banned substances, including cocaine, alcohol or steroids.

The athletic department also released nine violations, classified secondary in nature, of NCAA rules between Jan. 1 and June 30.

Clemson's athletic department releases results from its drug testing of athletes once a year.

According to the school's drug testing, education and counseling policy, a first drug offense brings increased testing, counseling and at least 15 hours of community service. A second offense increases the community service to at least 30 hours. And a third offense means, the policy states, "that it must be assumed that the student-athlete have a very significant problem or has made some conscious value judgment as to their behavior" and brings dismissal from the team.

None of the athletes, coaches, personnel or teams were identified in the NCAA violations. That is per school policy, according to Clemson's director of compliance Stephanie Ellison.

The violations included a prospect and family who came to Clemson during a "dead" recruiting period this past January and were met by an administrative graduate assistant whose conversation with the student-athlete extended beyond a permissible greeting. The grad assistant was given a letter of reprimand, and the team had its in-person contacts reduced by one.

The prospect was also declared ineligible and is no longer being recruited by the team.

In March, an ineligible athlete was taken to a closed scrimmage and received travel expenses. The team's staff was fined twice the costs of the impermissible meal expense.

Also, there were two violations in March that involved the child of an athlete traveling with the team, one to a closed scrimmage, the other to an away game. In both cases, the athlete involved was declared ineligible until the cost of the benefit was paid back. And in the latter of the two violations, the head coach involved was given a letter of admonishment.

In April, an assistant coach allowed two ineligible athletes to compete before they were certified for play. The athletes involved were withheld from two competitions and later had their eligibility restored by the NCAA, Clemson said. The head coach received a letter of reprimand.

Another case in April involved five ineligible athletes competing without proper certification. Those athletes were declared ineligible and will be held out of two competitions during the 2006-07 year. Their eligibility was also restored by the NCAA, and the head coach involved received a letter of reprimand.

Last month, an assistant coach telephoned a prospect because the coach thought the athlete, who was really a junior, was a senior. The assistant coach got a letter of admonishment, and the prospect was declared ineligible, although the eligibility was later restored by the NCAA.

Also last month, a prospect made two official visits, an action in violation of the NCAA's guideline of one visit. The prospect was declared ineligible, with NCAA reinstatement pending, the school reported. All parties involved got letters of admonishment, and the team had to reduce its official visits by two from its four-year average, Clemson said.

The last violation involved failing to complete the certification of compliance before the NCAA's deadline of Sept. 15. The only resulting action was a review of the legislation with the staffer involved.