The NCAA suspensions of Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence, TE Braden Galloway and OL Zach Giella have been upheld. All three players will have legal representation. Clemson was first notified a week ago that the players had failed a drug test, and the school was awaiting the results of follow-up "B samples". "The athletic department will have no further comments on this matter this evening as it considers all of our options, including appeals".
Clemson is 12.5-point favorites over Notre Dame for the Cotton Bowl that can be seen on ESPN on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 4 p.m. EST. Lawrence is a key member of the team's fearsome defensive line and has 36 tackles and seven tackles for loss.
According to this article from Triathlete.com, the banned substance brings the benefits of anabolic steroids without the life-shortening side effects.
Swinney said the players told him they had not intentionally taken the substance. Swinney said the team was hoping additional testing being done by the NCAA might allow the players to play, but Venables said Lawrence has been at practice but has not been taking normal repetitions.
Ostarine is the trademarked name for a Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator (SARM) that is not approved for human use or consumption in the US, or in any other country. Research has shown that SARMs like ostarine have fewer androgenic properties, meaning they have less influence on the development and balance of male hormones, including testosterone.
The substance, ostarine, is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration and is not legally for sale in the United States.
Stay tuned for more developments regarding the playing status of Lawrence, Giella and Galloway as the College Football Playoff could begin without one of its biggest and best players. Losing him, if he is indeed suspended, takes away one of their best interior linemen and shrinks the depth chart on the line against a Notre Dame team that averaged almost 200 yards on the ground per game.