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Take steroids out of college football

An in-depth investigation shows that despite avowals to the contrary, college football programs are rife with the use of illegal steroids. A tougher stand is needed.


Hawaii's Bryan Maneafaiga scores a touchdown against Nevada in 2004. With uneven testing for steroids and inconsistent punishment, college football players are packing on significant weight – in some cases, 30 pounds or more in a single year – without drawing much attention from their schools or the NCAA. Maneafaiga injected himself with a steroid in 2004 but did not get caught by testing, despite quickly going from 180 to 200 pounds.

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Texas A&M versus Oklahoma should be a highly entertaining college bowl matchup, featuring A&M’s Johnny Manziel, the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy that symbolizes college football’s top player.

And that bowl game, one of a plethora, is just the warm-up act to the national championship game itself, to be played in early January between Notre Dame and Alabama, two of the winningest college football programs in history.

But at what price will Americans be getting their annual dose of post-holiday football entertainment?


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