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Friday, August 4th 2006

More Steroid Use

A backup USC safety (and his identical twin) quit the USC football team after testing positive for steroids.

Just last week, Brandon and his identical twin, Ryan, also a defensive back, announced they were quitting football to concentrate on preparing for medical school. Neither could be reached Wednesday for comment.


USC Athletic Director Mike Garrett said the drug test that Brandon Ting failed was administered by the NCAA. If still on the team, he would have faced a one-year suspension.

It remained unclear how this situation might affect his stated ambition to study medicine, preferably at USC. In a prepared statement, the university’s Keck School of Medicine declined to “engage in a discussion of hypothetical situations concerning applicant qualifications.”

An NCAA official said that if USC provides drug education – and school officials say they have -— teams are not held accountable for use of banned substances by players.

“A positive drug test is basically an individual sanction,” said Mary Wilfert, an NCAA associate director of health and safety.

Here’s an interview with the twins, after they had announced they were leaving the team, but before it came out one of them had tested positive for steroids.

This of course is just another dent in USC’s very recent horrific set of off field problems. USC has turned into the new Miami.

In the final week of April, Bush and All-American receiver Dwayne Jarrett came under scrutiny for potential violation of NCAA rules. News cameras showed quarterback Mark Sanchez arrested – he was not subsequently charged – on suspicion of sexual assault.

In June, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office charged former defensive lineman Frostee Rucker with two misdemeanor counts of spousal battery and two counts of vandalism in connection with an alleged August 2005 altercation.

Pete Carrol keeps insisting our All-American reciever, in Dwayne Jarrett, will not face any suspension for his faults of NCAA rules. As for the very serious matter of Bush’s family’s housing arrangement, that could take some more time, but the longer it drags on, the less likely I think it is that USC will face major future penalties (losses in scholarships, etc.) It would be scary though if USC had to forfeit games Bush played while his parents were living in the house.

At least we’re not the only team facing these problems.