[h1] Former Hawaii WR: Drug tests not random[/h1]
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
HONOLULU — University of Hawaii athletic officials on Monday said they will look into allegations raised by a former receiver, including the claim that school officials and players manipulated NCAA-mandated drug tests.
Ian Sample, who recently published a book chronicling the 2006 season entitled, "Once A Warrior," released unpublished material on his blog about excessive drinking, widespread use of marijuana, sex with groupies and rigged drug tests.
Sample, who now plays professional football in Japan, wrote that he's "convinced the 'random' tests are not random at all."
"The higher ups definitely know what they are doing when they decide who will be tested," he wrote. "However, getting tested doesn't necessarily mean getting caught, every once in a while a player will side step a positive test result by flushing out their system (the real smokers know where to go to get a cleansing elixir)."
John McNamara, Hawaii's associate athletic director, said officials are reviewing and evaluating the content of the book and the Internet postings.
"Additionally, we will meet with the necessary parties and determine what steps, if any, need to be taken," he said in an e-mail.
He did not say when the meeting would take place.
Warriors coach June Jones emphatically denied Sample's claim about the drug testing, calling it a "lie."
"We don't have anything to do with it," he said, adding that the NCAA supplies a random lists of players, not the school.
The No. 23 Warriors open the season at home against Northern Colorado on Sept. 1.
Keller to start
at QB for Huskers
LINCOLN, Neb. — Sam Keller will start at quarterback for No. 20 Nebraska in the season opener against Nevada on Sept. 1.
Keller, who transferred from Arizona State last year, won the starting job over two-year backup Joe Ganz. Coach Bill Callahan told Keller of his decision Monday.
"We have a lot of confidence in Sam, and I conveyed that to him," Callahan said. "He knows I've got his back, like I do with all these quarterbacks. We're going to run and ride that horse, so to speak."