We're looking back on the year that was in college football from Memorial Day to Memorial Day, which were 12 months full of scandal and arrests.
Jim Tressel's firing at Ohio State kicked off the year, but TCU endured a high-profile drug scandal just before spring practice. I took a look at the aftermath and context of the scandal in college football, which is experiencing a rise in drug use.
What can schools do to prevent the next year from being filled with more of the same headaches for coaches?
The first step is using an outside company to monitor, and ideally prevent, players' drug usage.
Most schools see the benefit of drug testing, and denial is minimal. Coaches know it's a problem.
"The devil's in the details," [president of Drug Free Sport Frank] Uryasz said. "Say you test, but who is being tested? How often? How are positive results being handled? How are sanctions being applied? What does the appeal process look like? Who's involved? Who's not?"
Those are difficult questions even for coaches who do use outside services.
Outsourcing drug testing not only helps with transparency -- it leaves the difficult details of the actual testing out of the hands of those busy with other problems within athletic departments.
"It's very difficult to run those in-house," Uryasz said. "Often times, testing gets set aside. People get busy. It's complicated. It's a bit of a hassle. Unless there's somebody responsible for making sure the testing occurs and that the correct athletes are being selected, a random nature and a reasonable suspicion nature to testing, I think it helps to have an outside group."
Much more in the full story here. Check it out.