College Drug-Testing Not Consistent

By Eddie Pells, Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) – The effort to keep performance-enhancing drugs out of college sports lacks consistency or integrated strategy between schools, conferences and the NCAA, according to an Associated Press survey of their drug-testing policies.

While the NCAA runs an umbrella program, the conferences vary widely in what they do to augment those rules. Some have extensive guidelines. Others have nothing and simply adhere to the NCAA, which tests athletes during campus visits and at postseason events, including this week’s Final Four.

The AP reviewed the drug policies of 51 schools who responded to its survey.

Some policies were stringent. Others barely mentioned performance-enhancing drugs. Not a single school’s drug policy submitted to the AP read exactly the same as another, and the majority appeared much more concerned with curbing recreational-drug use than steroids.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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