(CBS Sports) – Florida redshirt freshman quarterback Will Grier will be suspended for the rest of the 2015 season, according to a report from GridironNow.com’s Mike Huguenin, and could miss up to a full year of action after reportedly testing positive for a banned substance.
Coach Jim McElwain’s normal media availability was delayed three hours to 2:30 p.m. That’s when McElwain will reportedly address the news of Grier’s suspension, which comes as a result of an NCAA rules violation fo ruse of a banned substance. According to theAssociated Press, Grier tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug.
NCAA bylaws state that such a positive test would result in a calendar year-long ban, which would mean Grier could miss a portion of the 2016 campaign as well.
Under Bylaw 18.104.22.168.1, the student-athlete becomes ineligible for all regular season and postseason competition until eligibility is reinstated by the NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff on behalf of the committee. Pursuant to Bylaw 22.214.171.124.1, requests for reinstatement of eligibility will not be considered until the student-athlete has remained ineligible for a minimum of one calendar year (365 days) after the student-athlete has tested positive for a banned substance and after the student-athlete has been withheld from the equivalent of an NCAA season, the student-athlete retests negative by the NCAA (notice of which is provided to the student-athlete reinstatement staff by The National Center for Drug Free Sport), and the institution submits a request for reinstatement of eligibility via AMA Online.
Just an unbelievable blow to the Gators here. Easily one of the most surprising teams of the college football season.
Didnt even realize that kids these days still took steroids. Makes a lot more sense now since he put on 40 pounds in the off season.
Now they get to turn it over to their backup Treon Harris who is just coming off suspension a couple of weeks ago. Will see how much magic McElwain has left.
Good news Gators fans…at least you’re already bowl eligible.