Linebacker off team after using banned substance

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa State linebacker Matt Robertson
will not be allowed to play his senior season with the Cyclones
after he tested positive for a banned nutritional supplement.

School officials said Monday that Robertson, who started all 12
games as a junior last season, must sit out one season under NCAA
rules. His only option to play next season is to transfer to a non
Division I-A program.

"I take full responsibility for taking an over-the-counter
supplement that is banned by the NCAA," Robertson said in a
statement released Monday. "I am paying a heavy price for a very
bad decision, as I will never again wear an Iowa State uniform. I
hope my example will serve as a warning to others contemplating use
of dietary supplements."

Robertson tied for the team lead in tackles last season with
103. He tested positive for the banned substance last month.

"Ultimately, I have a deep feeling of sadness, because Matt
Robertson has always been a team player, an academic all-Big 12
performer who was as good in the classroom as he was on the
field," Iowa State football coach Dan McCarney said in a statement.

"Let there be no doubt, however, his decision was unacceptable."