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Posted: 1/29/2013 7:30:24 AM

Saban's time is coming

Get ready, Alabama boys, Nick Saban is getting ready to crash and burn. Mark Emmert has been protecting him. All these cheating accusations keep popping up. He's been caught cheating again. How much will this cost the University of Alabama? Will they sweep this one under the rug? One day, all the cheating will come out. You can only keep it under the water for so long. One day it will pop to the top and they're going to nail Alabama and Nick Saban.

 

Emmert was chancellor at LSU for five years, from 1999 to 2004, and was instrumental in hiring a promising-but-not-entirely-proven Nick Saban as football coach from Michigan State and handing him one of the sport's richest contracts. Emmert then spent 6½ years as president at Washington and moved from there to the Indianapolis-based NCAA.

What does the SEC earn??

The 2009 season marks the beginning of a new 15-year, $2.25 billion contract with ESPN, which coincides with a 15-year, $825 million deal with CBS. At the SEC's preseason Media Days in Hoover, Ala., this week, league and ESPN officials unveiled the details of their new arrangement, and this much is clear: Whether you're in Alabama or Arizona, Michigan or Mississippi, you're about experience a deluge of SEC football.

Not Everybody cheats, not everybody has a PREEXISTING RELATIONSHIP WITH THE NCAA PRESIDENT, WITH RICH AND OUT OF CONTROL BOOSTERS, AND A COACH WHO WILL GET RECRUITS JOBS (OR THEIR GIRLFRIEND) NOT TO MENTION SAY AND DO ANYTHING TO GET THEM ELIGIBLE! ESPN HAS 2.25B interest in the SECs success, AND Emmert was put where he is becasue Sabans Success and no way Emmert does anything but protect Saban!!! The government has made it such a pain in the behind for online betting that it is not worth the risk to load up and bet on Bama!!!

As long as EMMERT IS IN CHARGE OF THE NCAA... ALABAMA CAN DO NO WRONG!!!

Feb 2011 Alabama still on probation mind you!!

The NCAA Committee on Infractions released a statement last year calling the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa the following:

A "serial repeat violator," with an "abysmal infractions track record" and an "extensive recent history of infractions cases unmatched by any other member institution in the NCAA.”

There were (allegedly) recruiting violations with current high school junior, Barry Sanders, Jr. He was seen at a recent home basketball game seated with his dad, Barry Sanders Sr. (NFL Hall of Famer) and coach Nick Saban sitting right between them. Sure, it’s conceivable they got their tickets from the same scalper. "Hey, Barry, what’s up!? Great seats, huh? Oh really, your son plays football? How nice."

I probably could have gotten two seats together.

WATCH BARRY SANDERS VIDEO SHOWN AT HOME BASKETBALL GAME IN TUSCALOOSA:

Coach Saban may have been assisting in text-book fundraiser here he appears to be taking a bid and helping deliver books.
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http://www.koco.com/sports/26958838/detail.html?taf=okl

January 2012

But he also said he would sign a piece of paper to show that they are keeping their word – they are going to sign it and they want me to sign it to make sure I know I still have my scholarship.[Emphasis added.]

So this kid believes he’s going to get some sort of binding commitment from Alabama for a scholarship in a year’s time. I can’t wait to hear from the NCAA about that. (Not to mention every school in the SEC.)

I said most interesting, because that’s not the only eye-popping comment this kid made. Check this out:

“He said I’m going to stay in Georgia. They are going to find me a job. I’m going to work. I’m going to physical therapy at least seven days per week. I guess I will work, go to physical therapy and get strong … I will come in with the class of 2013. I’ll get there with the early group so I can do winter workouts and spring football.”

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Posted: 1/29/2013 7:30:56 AM

Not Everybody cheats, not everybody has a PREEXISTING RELATIONSHIP WITH THE NCAA PRESIDENT, WITH RICH AND OUT OF CONTROL BOOSTERS, AND A COACH WHO WILL GET RECRUITS JOBS (OR THEIR GIRLFRIEND) NOT TO MENTION SAY AND DO ANYTHING TO GET THEM ELIGIBLE! ESPN HAS 2.25B interest in the SECs success, AND Emmert was put where he is becasue Sabans Success and no way Emmert does anything but protect Saban!!! The government has made it such a pain in the behind for online betting that it is not worth the risk to load up and bet on Bama!!!

As long as EMMERT IS IN CHARGE OF THE NCAA... ALABAMA CAN DO NO WRONG!!!

Feb 2011 Alabama still on probation mind you!!

The NCAA Committee on Infractions released a statement last year calling the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa the following:

A "serial repeat violator," with an "abysmal infractions track record" and an "extensive recent history of infractions cases unmatched by any other member institution in the NCAA.”

There were (allegedly) recruiting violations with current high school junior, Barry Sanders, Jr. He was seen at a recent home basketball game seated with his dad, Barry Sanders Sr. (NFL Hall of Famer) and coach Nick Saban sitting right between them. Sure, it’s conceivable they got their tickets from the same scalper. "Hey, Barry, what’s up!? Great seats, huh? Oh really, your son plays football? How nice."

I probably could have gotten two seats together.

WATCH BARRY SANDERS VIDEO SHOWN AT HOME BASKETBALL GAME IN TUSCALOOSA:

Coach Saban may have been assisting in text-book fundraiser here he appears to be taking a bid and helping deliver books.
Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

http://www.koco.com/sports/26958838/detail.html?taf=okl

January 2012

But he also said he would sign a piece of paper to show that they are keeping their word – they are going to sign it and they want me to sign it to make sure I know I still have my scholarship.[Emphasis added.]

So this kid believes he’s going to get some sort of binding commitment from Alabama for a scholarship in a year’s time. I can’t wait to hear from the NCAA about that. (Not to mention every school in the SEC.)

I said most interesting, because that’s not the only eye-popping comment this kid made. Check this out:

“He said I’m going to stay in Georgia. They are going to find me a job. I’m going to work. I’m going to physical therapy at least seven days per week. I guess I will work, go to physical therapy and get strong … I will come in with the class of 2013. I’ll get there with the early group so I can do winter workouts and spring football.”

Trent Richardson and Booster
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Posted: 1/29/2013 7:31:14 AM

Trent Richardson and Former Alabama Booster Relationship?

Okay, I’ll preface this post by making it clear we have NO OPINION on this matter, but that at the very least its entertaining to dream up these scenarios brought to us courtesy of SportsbyBrooks. Normally we try to stay away from the NCAA rumor mill, but figured this time we’d led you be the judge about what to make about this, if anything.

Brooks has been on Alabama’s tail all summer about possible NCAA violations, most of which were tied to T-Town Menswear owner Tom Albetar,which Alabama disassociated from last year. Whether or not any of it is true remains to be seen because the NCAA has yet to lend a firm hand in that mess.

The latest controversial claims by Brooks is that a disassociated Alabama booster had a relationship with Alabama running back Trent Richardson. Oh Brooks, you really must hate Alabama!

“WHAT THE? Why would disassociated Alabama booster have photo of Trent Richardson birthday cake? Is it unreasonable to think that Richardson may have received a gift or three from that same disassociated booster if he was at a Richardson birthday function? Seriously, am I being unreasonable asking that question?”

 

If you are a Alabama booster you better not talk ..or ELSE!!!

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ESPN is reporting that “A man found dead Tuesday in a Memphis home is believed to be Logan Young, an Alabama booster convicted of bribing a high school football coach to get a top recruit for the Crimson Tide.”

Police are investigating the case as a homicide. They have not yet confirmed the body was Young, but the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported on its Web site Tuesday that that detectives were working at a house where Young’s body was found. “We’re treating it as a mystery homicide,” Sgt. Vince Higgins told The Associated Press. He said officials assume the victim was Young but needed to use fingerprints and dental records to confirm the identity. “Suffice it to say, there was quite a physical struggle in this and this individual was injured severely,” he said.

Nashville attorney Jim Neal, who defended Young, said he had been told the body was found by a housekeeper. “I’ve had two or three calls about it, all to the same end, found killed in his home. … I heard that there was blood everywhere. That is all I know,” Neal said. Higgins said Young’s housekeeper found the body after she arrived for work this morning. The body had not been removed from the house and no family members immediately arrived at the house.

The 65-year-old Young was convicted under federal law of money laundering and racketeering conspiracy in the case involving the peddling of defensive lineman Albert Means. Young was sentenced in June to six months in prison and six months of home confinement then two years of supervised release. But he had been allowed to remain free pending his appeal.

 

 

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Posted: 1/29/2013 7:32:06 AM

LSU paid $6,000 in December for football scouting services provided by Will Lyles, about whom a Tigers signee was interviewed last week by NCAA investigators.

Louisiana State University associate athletic director Herb Vincent said Monday the Tigers paid the money to Lyles’ business, Complete Scouting Services. Vincent said he did not know whether LSU paid Lyles in previous years.

“That’s one of about a dozen recruiting services we contracted with,” said Vincent of Lyles’ Complete Scouting Services.

Lyles is a reputed Houston “street agent,” a third party who steers recruits to specific schools. Lyles has recently drawn scrutiny from the NCAA for his relationship with Oregon players. Efforts to reach Lyles were unsuccessful again Monday.

Last week, two NCAA investigators interviewed Trevon Randle, who signed with LSU last month, about his contact with Lyles, according to a source familiar with the situation. In addition to Randle, an outside linebacker at Clear Springs High School in League City, Texas, investigators interviewed his coach, Clint Hartman, and Randle’s father, Raymond Edwards.

If Lyles assisted in or was involved in the recruitment of any player to LSU, the NCAA would consider him a booster and any payment to him would be considered a violation of Bylaw 13. The rule prohibits boosters from directing a recruit to a school.

NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn declined comment Monday about investigators conducting interviews about Lyles. She cited the NCAA’s policy of not commenting on current, pending or potential investigations.

Randle committed to LSU a month later at a Tigers junior-recruit day. Randall decided to attend LSU’s event one day before deciding not to go to an Oklahoma junior day.

http://msn.foxsports.com/collegefootball/story/LSU-paid-six-thousand-dollars-for-services-of-street-agent-who-is-under-NCAA-scrutiny-031411

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Posted: 1/29/2013 10:04:07 AM

NCAA is defined in wikipedia as

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a nonprofit association of 1,281 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. It is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Posted: 1/29/2013 10:05:31 AM

Saban and Emmert Were at LSU Together

Emmert (1Million/Year salary) is now NCAA President

Alabama and LSU don’t get investigated..EVER

Alabama and LSU players get paid !!!!!

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Posted: 1/29/2013 10:12:55 AM

Sports agent calls Emmert “bozo” and “hypocrite” and accuses Nick Saban of cheating

 

I have enough on Saban right now.”

Sigh.

In a rambling, ranting interview on KDKA in Pittsburgh this morning, sports agent Ralph Cindrich accuses Mark Emmert of corruption and says he was out to get Penn State.

But he also said “I have enough on Nick Saban right now,” and when pressed for more on what he had, he said “everybody has something on Nick Saban, for God’s sake.”

He then recites the same litany of complaints about the NCAA, college football and pay-for-play that you read on every college sports message board from sea to shining sea.

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Posted: 1/29/2013 10:16:22 AM
Emmert understands the acquisition and investment of money, both connected and not to big-time college athletics. He was chancellor at LSU in 1999 when his AD Joe Dean pitched the idea of hiring a hot coach at Michigan State by the name of Nick Saban. LSU was at a low ebb, having gone 7-15 the previous two seasons with a decade of second-tier stagnancy prior to that.

As reported by then-Baton Rouge Advocate beat writer Lee Feinswog in his 2002 book Tales From the LSU Sidelines, Dean told Emmert that agent Jimmy Sexton's initial bargaining figure for Saban was $1.2 million per year.

Recalled Dean: “I could've hired him in a heartbeat for $1 million. I could've hired him for $900 thousand, 950. This was an opening number. He was an agent. What was he going to do?”

Sexton said he wanted a call back that night. Emmert said go ahead and pay the $1.2M.

“I said, 'Mark, I can get him for less money. I'm not negotiating with the coach. I'm negotiating with the agent.' But Mark didn't wanna lose him.”

Saban won a BCS national championship for LSU capping the 2003 season. Emmert left for Washington months later.

Emmert's fundraising prowess is legendary, especially at his alma mater UW where he spearheaded a campaign that, according to The Seattle Times, amassed $2.68 billion over eight years ending in 2008 – more than 25 percent over the target goal. Because of a $105 million gift from Microsoft founder Bill Gates, UW was able to start a public health and research institute.

Emmert emerged from modest roots, raised in Fife, Wash., a gritty working-class suburb of the Seattle satellite of Tacoma. And yet, he has developed a style, according to many who worked around him in Washington, that allows him to command a formal meeting with an elitist alpha dog demeanor yet adopt an easy persona around affluent donors that opens their purse strings. He was known to jet to exclusive communities in the California desert to mine wintering donors, then return with millions in pledges.

But after seeing the state legislature slash funding to UW during the economic downturn and having his ample compensation package criticized, Emmert may have seen it was time for a change of venue. Months after donating 5 percent of his salary to student scholarships in a goodwill gesture, Emmert announced his move to the NCAA.

While he may not have the opportunity to make as much money, he does have something he didn't at the University of Washington – total control of his domain.

What he does with that control and the power it bestows upon him will be witnessed by Penn State in the very near future.

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Posted: 1/29/2013 10:20:36 AM

Pay attention, Alabama fans, and not just because it's the NCAA we're talking about.

The man who steps into one of the most powerful roles in collegiate sports just happens to be an old friend of Crimson Tide football coach Nick Saban.

Emmert formerly served as chancellor at LSU and was the responsible for hiring Saban as the Tigers' football coach in 2000. This 2004 story from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer goes into more detail of the relationship between the two men.

Though their paths diverged in the latter half of the past decade, they remained "friends," according to Saban's description in Oct. 2008. Saban said Emmert called him in 2007 when he was deciding whether to keep Ty Willingham on as head coach.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 11:23:38 AM
The 2009 season marks the beginning of a new 15-year, $2.25 billion contract with ESPN, which coincides with a 15-year, $825 million deal with CBS. At the SEC's preseason Media Days in Hoover, Ala
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Posted: 1/30/2013 11:57:04 AM

WVUA is a University of Alabama College of Communications operated television channel. On the channel they were discussing Reuben Foster commiting to Auburn, when a member of the panel slipped and said that Auburn must have paid him more than the Alabama boosters were willing to....Pay attention to the 1:35 mark....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Up_U66v80Ns&feature=plcp

WVUA website...

http://www.wvuatv.com/content/about-wvua

Also

  • Winston supposedly received $2,500 from the Bama fan on at least one occasion.
  • Supposedly, Winston also received aid in catching up on his home mortgage.
  • The fan also allegedly provided Calloway with a new car that the player drove to school. Supposedly enough questions were asked about the car that it was returned on the same day.
  • I live in Tuscaloosa and have shopped at that man's store (his name is Tom) several times. He was very personable and obviously a huge fan and alumni. I know he had Julio's autographed helmet in a display case when I shopped there. He took a lot of time helping me select the proper attire for an interview I was headed to and gave me a nice discount if I bought a shirt/tie/slacks combo. I spoke with him about his relationship with the team (keep in mind this was fall of 09) and I kind of hinted around as to if he hooks the players up with deals on the suits. He said that he does not because he sells almost every player their attire for the walk to the stadium on game days. He said then, and I realize I'm just a typical customer, but something along the lines of he can't even give the players the discount that I received on my clothes because of NCAA rules and the University monitoring him. He said he has to keep receipts for all purchases made by players. Take it for what its worth, but Tom is a really generous guy and I hope he didn't break any rules.

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    Posted: 1/30/2013 11:59:09 AM

    The same Sports Illustrated story that alleged Lewis obtained a banned deer-antler spray also contained a report that several Alabama football players received S.W.A.T.S. products prior to the Crimson Tide's January 2012 win over LSU in the BCS national title game.

    S.W.A.T.S. representative Christopher Key showed Sports Illustrated video of him passing out "chips" to Alabama players two days before the BCS game. The "chips" are stickers that athletes place on their wrists and heart for an alleged energy boost. Crimson Tide linebacker Alex Watkins later confirmed the effectiveness of the company's chips, "negatively charged" water and deer-antler pills in a YouTube video, SI reported.

    The players were given the products for free, though Key told them he'd claim they purchased the goods from him, according to the report.

    LSU players used S.W.A.T.S. products prior to beating Alabama in November 2011, according to SI.

    The S.W.A.T.S. products reportedly contain IGF-1, a natural, anabolic hormone that stimulates muscle growth. IGF-1 is banned by the NCAA, the NFL and other major pro sports leagues.

    The SI report also stated that NFL linebacker Shawne Merriman, baseball player Johnny Damon and golfer Vijay Singh obtained products from S.W.A.T.S.



    Read more: http://www.wcvb.com/news/sports/Report-Alabama-players-received-banned-substances-before-2012-title-game/-/9848968/18330996/-/bms2bjz/-/index.html#ixzz2JTl8ls1N
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    Posted: 1/30/2013 4:59:46 PM

    The company, SWATS, is based in Alabama and Key said he sold approximately 40 bottles in total to members of Alabama’s football team; 20 of those bottles were purchased by players at a New Orleans hotel room as the team prepared for the BCS national championship game against LSU last year, and then another 20 bottles were sold to members of the team at the apartment of an Alabama player 10 days before the nationally televised game:

    “I showed them how to use it,” Key said.

    In the Sports Illustrated article that broke the story on Tuesday about Lewis using the spray, it was also reported that Key filmed a sales pitch to players on Alabama’s team.

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    Posted: 2/19/2013 10:50:23 AM

    Emmert is floundered

    Miami

    Penn st

    Alabama

    LSU

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    Posted: 2/19/2013 10:51:24 AM
    Bye Emmert!!
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    Posted: 2/25/2013 11:45:36 AM

    Alabama sophomore wide receiver Julio Jones.

    TUSCALOOSA - As long as Julio Jones and Mark Ingram pay, they can play.

    That was the ruling that the NCAA announced Wednesday evening. The organization said the sophomore starters on Alabama's football team will remain eligible on the condition of repayment for "impermissible benefits" they received.

    The NCAA is requiring Jones and Ingram to repay the value of the benefits to charity.

    Jones, a star wide receiver, and Ingram, the starting running back, took a fishing trip in the spring that was paid for by an Athens businessman.

    Alabama investigated the case and concluded that the businessman, 56-year-old Curtis Anderson, is not an Alabama booster. The university self-reported the violation to the Southeastern Conference.

    The NCAA announced its decision in a four-paragraph statement early Wednesday evening:

    "The NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff has reinstated the eligibility of University of Alabama football student-athletes Julio Jones and Mark Ingram based on a condition of repayment.

    "According to the facts of the case submitted by Alabama, the student-athletes received impermissible food, lodging, transportation and entertainment from an individual with whom one of the student-athletes had become acquainted prior to enrolling in college.

    "Consistent with NCAA membership requirements, the institution reported the violation and declared the student-athletes ineligible. As part of the reinstatement request, the institution required the student-athletes to make repayment of the value of the impermissible benefits to charity.

    "During the reinstatement process, the NCAA staff considers a number of factors including guidelines established by the NCAA Division I Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement, relevant case precedent, the student-athlete's responsibility for the violation, as well as any mitigating factors presented by the institution."

    Alabama athletic director Mal Moore said Alabama officials "are gratified that this matter has been resolved."

    "Our compliance department, the SEC and the NCAA worked closely throughout this process," Moore said in a written statement issued by the media relations staff, "and we appreciate the professional manner in which it was handled."

    Anxiety about the eligibility of Jones and Ingram was beginning to rise with each day as Saturday's season opener against seventh-ranked Virginia Tech drew closer.

    Alabama coach Nick Saban spoke twice about the case Wednesday, but both times were before the NCAA announced its ruling

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    Posted: 2/25/2013 5:13:04 PM

    Funny stuff.....SEC fans love the precious nonconferce games and defend them and this uy says this

    LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery had an interesting press conference at the NFL scouting combine. He discussed large bets with teammate Barkevious Mingo, such as who would get more sacks last season, as Shutdown Corner's Doug Farrar wrote about.

    What's crazy is that revelation didn't raise the most eyebrows from his presser.

    The Advocate in Baton Rouge had this interesting piece of information from Montgomery.

    “You know, some weeks when we didn’t have to play the harder teams, there were some times when effort was not needed,” he said.

    “But when we had the big boys coming in — the Bamas or the South Carolinas — I grabbed close to those guys and went all-out.”

    Montgomery had been showing up in the late first round of some mock drafts, but his stock could fall some after coaches find out he admitted to being kind of lazy on certain Saturdays.

    It's not like Montgomery mailing in games against Towson or Idaho cost the Tigers too much because even with apparently little effort LSU won without much of a scare (have we mentioned that getting rid of FBS-FCS games might be best for the sport?). The LSU losses last season were all against "big boys," like Florida, Alabama and Clemso

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    Posted: 2/25/2013 5:18:02 PM
    Alabama players use HGH
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    Posted: 2/25/2013 5:25:31 PM

    Testing is a joke

    While the use of drugs in professional sports is a question of fairness, use among college athletes is also important as a public policy issue. That's because most top-tier football teams are from public schools that benefit from millions of dollars each year in taxpayer subsidies. Their athletes are essentially wards of the state. Coaches and trainers - the ones who tell players how to behave, how to exercise and what to eat - are government employees.

    Then there are the health risks, which include heart and liver problems and cancer.

    On paper, college football has a strong drug policy. The NCAA conducts random, unannounced drug testing and the penalties for failure are severe. Players lose an entire year of eligibility after a first positive test. A second offense means permanent ineligibility from sports.

    In practice, though, the NCAA's roughly 11,000 annual tests amount to just a fraction of all athletes in Division I and II schools. Exactly how many tests are conducted each year on football players is unclear because the NCAA hasn't published its data for two years. And when it did, it periodically changed the formats, making it impossible to compare one year of football to the next.

    Even when players are tested by the NCAA, people involved in the process say it's easy enough to anticipate the test and develop a doping routine that results in a clean test by the time it occurs. NCAA rules say players can be notified up to two days in advance of a test, which Catlin says is plenty of time to beat a test if players have designed the right doping regimen. By comparison, Olympic athletes are given no notice.

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    Posted: 2/25/2013 5:26:04 PM

    "Everybody knows when testing is coming. They all know. And they know how to beat the test," Catlin said, adding, "Only the really dumb ones are getting caught."

    Players are far more likely to be tested for drugs by their schools than by the NCAA. But while many schools have policies that give them the right to test for steroids, they often opt not to. Schools are much more focused on street drugs like cocaine and marijuana. Depending on how many tests a school orders, each steroid test can cost $100 to $200, while a simple test for street drugs might cost as little as $25.

    When schools call and ask about drug testing, the first question is usually, "How much will it cost," Turpin said.

    Most schools that use Drug Free Sport do not test for anabolic steroids, Turpin said. Some are worried about the cost. Others don't think they have a problem. And others believe that since the NCAA tests for steroids their money is best spent testing for street drugs, she said.

    Wilfert, the NCAA official, said the possibility of steroid testing is still a deterrent, even at schools where it isn't conducted.

    "Even though perhaps those institutional programs are not including steroids in all their tests, they could, and they do from time to time," she said. "So, it is a kind of deterrence."

    For Catlin, one of the most frustrating things about running the UCLA testing lab was getting urine samples from schools around the country and only being asked to test for cocaine, marijuana and the like.

    "Schools are very good at saying, 'Man, we're really strong on drug testing,'" he said. "And that's all they really want to be able to say and to do and to promote."

    That helps explain how two school drug tests could miss Maneafaiga's steroid use. It's also possible that the random test came at an ideal time in Maneafaiga's steroid cycle.

    Enforcement varies
    The top steroid investigator at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Joe Rannazzisi, said he doesn't understand why schools don't invest in the same kind of testing, with the same penalties, as the NFL. The NFL has a thorough testing program for most drugs, though the league has yet to resolve a long-simmering feud with its players union about how to test for human growth hormone.

    "Is it expensive? Of course, but college football makes a lot of money," he said. "Invest in the integrity of your program."

    For a school to test all 85 scholarship football players for steroids twice a season would cost up to $34,000, Catlin said, plus the cost of collecting and handling the urine samples. That's about 0.2 percent of the average big-time school football budget of about $14 million. Testing all athletes in all sports would make the school's costs higher.

    When schools ask Drug Free Sport for advice on their drug policies, Turpin said she recommends an immediate suspension after the first positive drug test. Otherwise, she said, "student athletes will roll the dice."

    But drug use is a bigger deal at some schools than others.

    At Notre Dame and Alabama, the teams that will soon compete for the national championship, players don't automatically miss games for testing positive for steroids. At Alabama, coaches have wide discretion. Notre Dame's student-athlete handbook says a player who fails a test can return to the field once the steroids are out of his system.

    "If you're a strength-and-conditioning coach, if you see your kids making gains that seem a little out of line, are you going to say, 'I'm going to investigate further? I want to catch someone?'" said Anthony Roberts, an author of a book on steroids who says he has helped college football players design steroid regimens to beat drug tests.

    There are schools with tough policies. The University of North Carolina kicks players off the team after a single positive test for steroids. Auburn's student-athlete handbook calls for a half-season suspension for any athlete caught using performance-enhancing drugs.

    Wilfert said it's not up to the NCAA to determine whether that's fair.

    "Obviously if it was our testing program, we believe that everybody should be under the same protocol and the same sanction," she said.

    Fans typically have no idea that such discrepancies exist and players are left to suspect who might be cheating.

    "You see a lot of guys and you know they're possibly on something because they just don't gain weight but get stronger real fast," said Orrin Thompson, a former defensive lineman at Duke. "You know they could be doing something but you really don't know for sure."

    Thompson gained 85 pounds between 2001 and 2004, according to Duke rosters and Thompson himself. He said he did not use steroids and was subjected to several tests while at Duke, a school where a single positive steroid test results in a yearlong suspension.

    Meanwhile at UCLA, home of the laboratory that for years set the standard for cutting-edge steroid testing, athletes can fail three drug tests before being suspended. At Bowling Green, testing is voluntary.

    At the University of Maryland, students must get counseling after testing positive, but school officials are prohibited from disciplining first-time steroid users. Athletic department spokesman Matt Taylor denied that was the case and sent the AP a copy of the policy. But the policy Taylor sent included this provision: "The athletic department/coaching staff may not discipline a student-athlete for a first drug offense."

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    By comparison, in Kentucky and Maryland, racehorses face tougher testing and sanctions than football players at Louisville or the University of Maryland.

    "If you're trying to keep a level playing field, that seems nonsensical," said Rannazzisi at the DEA. He said he was surprised to learn that what gets a free pass at one school gets players immediately suspended at another. "What message does that send? It's OK to cheat once or twice?"

    Only about half the student athletes in a 2009 NCAA survey said they believed school testing deterred drug use.

    As an association of colleges and universities, the NCAA could not unilaterally force schools to institute uniform testing policies and sanctions, Wilfert said.

    "We can't tell them what to do, but if went through a membership process where they determined that this is what should be done, then it could happen," she said.

    'Everybody around me was doing it'

    Steroids are a controlled substance under federal law, but players who use them need not worry too much about prosecution. The DEA focuses on criminal operations, not individual users. When players are caught with steroids, it's often as part of a traffic stop or a local police investigation.

    Jared Foster, 24, a quarterback recruited to play at the University of Mississippi, was kicked off the team in 2008 after local authorities arrested him for giving a man nandrolone, an anabolic steroid, according to court documents. Foster pleaded guilty and served jail time.

    He told the AP that he doped in high school to impress college recruiters. He said he put on enough lean muscle to go from 185 pounds to 210 in about two months.

    "Everybody around me was doing it," he said.

    Steroids are not hard to find. A simple Internet search turns up countless online sources for performance-enhancing drugs, mostly from overseas companies.

    College athletes freely post messages on steroid websites, seeking advice to beat tests and design the right schedule of administering steroids.

    And steroids are still a mainstay in private, local gyms. Before the DEA shut down Alabama-based Applied Pharmacy Services as a major nationwide steroid supplier, sales records obtained by the AP show steroid shipments to bodybuilders, trainers and gym owners around the country.

    Because users are rarely prosecuted, the demand is left in place after the distributor is gone.

    When Joshua Hodnik was making and wholesaling illegal steroids, he had found a good retail salesman in a college quarterback named Vinnie Miroth. Miroth was playing at Saginaw Valley State, a Division II school in central Michigan, and was buying enough steroids for 25 people each month, Hodnik said.

    "That's why I hired him," Hodnik said. "He bought large amounts and knew how to move it."

    Miroth, who pleaded no contest in 2007 and admitted selling steroids, helped authorities build their case against Hodnik, according to court records. Now playing football in France, Miroth declined repeated AP requests for an interview.

    Hodnik was released from prison this year and says he is out of the steroid business for good. He said there's no doubt that steroid use is widespread in college football.

    "These guys don't start using performance-enhancing drugs when they hit the professional level," the Oklahoma City man said. "Obviously it starts well before that. And you can go back to some of the professional players who tested positive and compare their numbers to college and there is virtually no change."

    Maneafaiga, the former Hawaii running back, said his steroids came from Mexico. A friend in California, who was a coach at a junior college, sent them through the mail. But Maneafaiga believes the consequences were nagging injuries. He found religion, quit the drugs and became the team's chaplain.

    "God gave you everything you need," he said. "It gets in your mind. It will make you grow unnaturally. Eventually, you'll break down. It happened to me every time."

    At the DEA, Rannazzisi said he has met with and conducted training for investigators and top officials in every professional sport. He's talked to Major League Baseball about the patterns his agents are seeing. He's discussed warning signs with the NFL.

    He said he's offered similar training to the NCAA but never heard back. Wilfert said the NCAA staff has discussed it and hasn't decided what to do.

    "We have very little communication with the NCAA or individual schools," Rannazzisi said. "They've got my card. What they've done with it? I don't know."

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