Syracuse's chief point-keeper Frank Howard was suspended indefinitely for failing a drug test prior to the NCAA tournament. Three people familiar with the situation reported to The Daily Orange on Wednesday night. When the tests took place is unclear.
"The NCAA conducts tests at its championships and throughout the year on the campuses of Division I and II programs," the NCAA website said. "In addition, the majority of institutions conduct their own institutional testing programs independently of NCAA drug testing."
The penalty for failing to pass an NCAA test in conjunction with a performance-enhancing drug means that a student athlete loses a first offense for one year, according to the NCAA. Manipulation with an NCAA drug test will result in a student athlete being declared ineligible to enter the contest after the season. Failure to report an NCAA drug test or reject the provision of a sample will result in the same penalty as a positive drug test result for a PED.
Shortly after 5 pm. On Wednesday, Pete Moore, director of SU Athletics for Athletic Communications for Men's Basketball, made a statement saying Howard "will not be part of the NCAA tournament indefinitely due to a violation of the Sports Department's policies." Day Seeds # 8 Syracuse (20-1
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Moore refused to comment on the situation after contacting The DO on Wednesday night, referring to his earlier statement.
"(Frank) will not be with us tomorrow," said SU chief coach Jim Boeheim on Wednesday afternoon in Salt Lake City before the Orange coached. Howard appeared on Wednesday neither in practice nor for interviews.
Howard, a senior point-keeper and leader, had performed well throughout the season, a 28-point defeat to Duke during the ACC tournament last week. He stood next to the junior guard Tyus Battle three days later when Syracuse received a major bid in the NCAA tournament and answered questions from reporters.
On Tuesday, Howard traveled with SU and practiced with the rest of the team in the Utah Jazz practice facility. Syracuse players learned of the suspension when it was released Wednesday night, said the watchman Tyus Battle.
"He did not pass a drug test. I do not know what kind or when it happened, "said a former player who was among the three people who were familiar with the situation.
Howard's suspension at the end of the season is not the first time that Syracuse has ripped off the NCAA tournament. The former SU center Fab Melo was classified as scientifically inadmissible two days before the time. 1 seed Syracuse's first round with UNC Asheville in 2012. The orange lost in the elite Eight without Melo. Dayshawn Wright and Josh Wright allegedly failed drug testing in 2005 and did not appear at the opening match of the NCAA tournament where Syracuse fell to Vermont.
Syracuse is due to leave Baylor at 09:57 on Thursday. in Salt Lake City and will do without their most durable starter.
Posted on March 20, 2019 at 10:14 pm