Now that a severe suspension has been issued by PITT for whatever reason it may be a good time to review the NCAA’s and the School’s responsibilities in one aspect of discipline – the drug policies.
We don’t know what happened with Howard but we’ve seen the academic suspensions resolve themselves after one semester or a certain period of time. We have also seen other disciplinary actions resulting from drinking, fights, arrests, issued by a number of games also. If you remember Anthony Gonzalez was suspended two games by Graham basically for possession of pot, but there was no failed test involved. However, any disciplinary action can be gived a year suspension if the university deems it necessary.
So, just to remind our readers; there are two types of drug tests in D1 football. One is the NCAA mandatory test that is unannounced and the other is the school’s tests issued according to its formal policy. Here is a link to the NCAA’s drug policy. Also, the following is from the NCAA’s Q&A about their policies.
“Who is responsible for testing student-athletes?