The Clemson Tigers were struck with horrible news before the College Football Playoff, as Dexter Lawrence, Braden Galloway and Zach Giella were suspended for traces of ostarine in their system.
Well, it turns out that Clemson might actually have some momentum in their appeal of these drug tests.
It's been well-documented that Galloway and Giella would miss this upcoming season if the Tigers don't actually win their appeal. However, this latest development could be the difference in whether they'll have the tight end and offensive lineman back for 2019.
Over 50 different players on Clemson were tested for PEDs from April through November, yet not one test came back positive.
The actual tests that resulted in suspensions were after that period of time, but it is quite interesting to see how the program kept its roster clean for the eight months prior to the their playoff matchup.
Sources have said that less than 20 Clemson players were tested for the Playoff, per NCAA rules.
“All student-athletes are subject to NCAA testing at NCAA championships or in conjunction with postseason bowl games,” according to the NCAA Drug-Testing Protocol. “ Student-athletes may be tested before, during or after NCAA championship events and postseason bowl games. At NCAA team championships and postseason bowl games, student-athletes may be selected on the basis of position, competitive ranking, athletics financial-aid status, playing time, random selection, or other NCAA-approved selection method.
Dabo Swinney and the rest of his coaching staff are patiently awaiting the test results from their appeal process.