With the recent debate with Dre Kirkpatrick I am prompted to write this about NCAA drug testing. I focused this on just the NCAA policy and the holes. But there is a much bigger problem with the local football programs, campus police who are more concerned with student athletes and the reputation of the College than the law.
As we get into the draft season we are faced with more and more drug problems with prospects coming out. After the Combine some more will come to light, but this info comes out a few days before the draft. Many fans wonder why these failed drug tests come out right before the draft and look for a conspiracy. First off, the teams are informed of results right after the Combine along with medical tests, Wonderlic scores and other info. The news is leaked for fan and media purposes only.
Now when we talk about the NCAA drug testing policy it sounds very impressive. But dig under the top and you find gaping holes. Preseason and during the season players are tested for Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDS) along with masking agents and not controlled substances. The responsibility for testing for controlled substances are put on the individual Colleges and Universities. The NCAA does not test until post season for controlled substances until the post season and that is using the local College/University personnel with an NCAA observer.
Now some local Colleges and Universities take the drug testing very serious while others have gaping holes in testing, enforcement and discipline. Most try and enter their NFL career and believe testing and enforcement is the same as in college. They do not think it is real just like what they found in College.
[Addendum: Part of scouting is talking with campus police. I will say that some are very up front and honest. Others feel like dealing with the CIA. It comes down to who they are really responsible to. The students or some athletes on a team. I will say some of the best to deal with have been Stanford and the worst have been Florida Colleges and University of Alabama to deal with. Penn State you cannot even get on campus. Full disclosure: I attended University of Central Florida.]
I for one would like to see a complete revolution in College Football to enact NFL procedures