Tag:UCLA Players Suspended
Posted on: October 26, 2010 9:04 am
Edited on: October 26, 2010 9:09 am

UCLA loses two more to team rules suspensions

Posted by Chip Patterson

When news originally broke of UCLA's potential suspensions for the Oregon game, sources were reporting that as many as six starters would be absent on the field due to failed team-issued random drug tests.  When the school announced team suspensions: only two players, wide receiver Josh Smith and F-back Morrell Presley, were suspended for the primetime showdown with the Ducks.    

But UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel is not done handing down the punishments in Westwood.  Wide receiver Rick Marvray and offensive tackle Sean Sheller have been issued one game suspensions for violating team rules and will not play against Arizona.  Similar to the suspensions of Smith and Presley, the Los Angeles Times is citing multiple sources in the program who have said all four suspensions are tied to positive tests in a recent drug screening.  According to the Times, UCLA's drug policy calls for a one-game suspension upon a third positive test. The first positive test results in the team doctor being told, mandatory counseling and future testing. The second failed test results in the coach and associate athletic director being notified, with more counseling and tests.

The suspensions cannot be blamed for UCLA's ineffective offense against the Ducks last Thursday, but it certainly did not help.  It is one of many issues on that side of the ball, along with consistency, efficiency, effectiveness, and not throwing the proverbial offensive fecal matter all over the field.

(Artwork courtesy of Tom Fornelli, Esq.)

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 4:32 pm

Report: UCLA suspended as many as six players

Posted by Chip Patterson

UCLA needs some time to lick their wounds after receiving a 35-7 thrashing from Cal on Saturday, particularly before taking on the No. 2 Oregon Ducks in Autzen Stadium next Thursday.  Unfortunately, the greatest concerns of the off-week may not be getting healthy, but preparing as many as six backups to start against the high-powered Ducks.  

Late Monday night, the Los Angeles Times reported at least three starters would be suspended for violation of team rules.  The report cited a source close to the situation but did not name any players or hint as to the team rules violated.  Then on Tuesday, the OC Register updated the story with a confirmation that "as many as six players, multiple starters" would be suspended for the Oregon game.  The story from the OC Register also gave no suggestion as to which players were involved or what rules were violated.  Neither head coach Rick Neuheisel nor UCLA sports information director Marc Dellins have been available to comment on the situation.

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