Does ANYBODY think the 3 players for both Clemson & Alabama caught doping just happened to be the only ones on the squad?
Please. If it was a representative sample, then it would mean 13 of each team’s 2 deep currently had PEDs in their system.
My understanding is that the NCAA doesn’t police during conference play & lets the conferences govern that. But I think they do it during other NCAA nonconference games.
It’s invasive and logistically impractical to test every player on every team. But they could do the following:
1) Send an NCAA doping tester to each squad to randomly test 10 players. Keep an army of reserve testers on standby.
2) If one of the 10 tests positive, cast a wider net and test another 30 on the squad randomly.
3) If one of the 30 tests dirty, test the entire squad by swarming a bunch of the reserve testers to the team so the whole squad can get tested within a short time window.
Maybe the NCAA doesn’t want to risk “ruining” CFP matchups if they had to suspend 10 or 15 or 35 players for a team or whatever. To which I say:
A) Annouce the policy change loudly, clearly, and frequently, a good year in advance. No team will be surprised this testing will happen.
B) It wouldn’t “ruin” the matchup. It would provide a more honest game outcome by preventing certain teams from benefiting from rampant prohibited PED use.
C) Hammer the teams caught in the first season. It may “ruin” a few bowls or CFP games, but they can’t gripe that they didn’t know it was going to happen. It’s their own damned fault if they decide to gamble and lose. I guarantee you the number teams triggering the PED tests the 2nd and 3rd years would drop like a stone.