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Mizzou WR suspended due to a banned substance

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The Missouri Tigers’ war of attrition at wide receiver continues.

Sophomore Levi Copelin has been suspended for the 2014 campaign due to taking a banned substance.

“The reason I am suspended is that I recently bought an over-the-counter nutritional supplement from a local store, and used it as part of my workout routine,” Copelin said in a statement released by the schoool. “Unfortunately, I used it without clearing it with my strength coaches or trainers.  This supplement is legal and available to the public, but it isn’t approved by the NCAA, and as a result of using it, I failed an NCAA drug test.  This was a stupid mistake on my part, and I’m very sorry that I put myself and my team in this situation.  This is a hard lesson to learn, as I never had the wrong intentions. I also understand there aren’t any shortcuts to success.  There’s nothing I can do except dedicate myself to representing me, my family, my team, and Mizzou the right way going forward.  I’m very grateful to my coaches and my teammates for giving me a chance to overcome this.”

Last season, the Tigers had one of the most explosive wide receiver corps in college football. L’Damian Washington and Marcus Lucas were lost to the NFL, and budding superstar Dorial Green-Beckham was dismissed from the team in April.

The team will now rely heavily on seniors Bud Sasser, Darius White and Jimmie Hunt. Copelin was projected to be the team’s fourth starter at wide receiver in its spread system. Instead, Copelin’s absence will provide an opportunity for a pair of true freshmen, Nate Brown and DeSean Blair, to make an early impact for the Tigers. The coaching staff could also turn to tight end Sean Culkin to provide a big presence — all 6-6 and 245 pounds of him — in the slot.

“This is a very unfortunate situation, but one that Levi created for himself,” Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel said in the statement. “He’s paying the price for this mistake, and I commend him for owning up to it and taking responsibility.  Our strength coaches and trainers rely on our players to be careful of what they do on their own, and to always get approval from them first.  We’re disappointed that Levi didn’t follow this guideline, but we will support him during this time, and have high expectations that he will handle all of his responsibilities in the classroom, in the community and on the field in a first-class manner.”

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5 Responses to “Mizzou WR suspended due to a banned substance”
  1. sportsbastard says: Jul 29, 2014 7:11 PM

    Shouldn’t have run-off DGB.

  2. Deb says: Jul 29, 2014 8:38 PM

    Don’t know whether he’s telling the truth about being suspended for an OTC substance, but many of the NCAA/NFL rules regarding PEDs are idiotic. Nothing available OTC should be on the banned-substance list. The only concern should be whether it can harm the players’ long-term health, as taking steroids can. If it’s approved by the FDA for consumer use, let them take it.

  3. whenwilliteverend says: Jul 29, 2014 9:51 PM

    These OTC supplements aren’t regulated by the FDA and therefore they can contain stuff that is harmful. If you remember, ephedra was readily available until people started dying from it. The supplement industry simply has to assert that their product isn’t harmful and do whatever testing procedures they deem proper. I don’t know about you but I’m not trusting an industry that is basically allowed to police itself. They are only after one thing…MONEY.

  4. Deb says: Jul 30, 2014 12:01 PM

    @whenwilliteverend …

    That’s why I stipulated that supplements be approved by the FDA–although that’s certainly no guarantee of safety. The pharmaceutical industry is completely regulated by the FDA, and it’s one of the greediest industries in existence. Its list of failures is much longer than ephedra. How many drugs have been tested and approved by the FDA only to be later removed from the market after people started dying, or suffering permanently debilitating or life-threatening symptoms? If you want to start damning industries for greed, you can start right there.

    Again, the NCAA/NFL’s rules regarding PEDs are draconian. Players are desperate to make a team or keep their spot. Of course, they’ll try anything to help them get an edge or heal faster. Rather than constantly looking to punish them, the NCAA/NFL should be working with them to ensure their safety.

  5. packerbadger says: Jul 30, 2014 2:22 PM

    Maybe some of these guys should focus on Plan B….an education. MOST of these guys won’t play in the NFL…. even the Alabumpkin’ ones. Trouble is in Alabumpkin’ and most of the $ECheat, there really isn’t a Plan B…esp when one can’t read to begin with.

    Many of the OTC’s were prescription drugs to begin with, but the pharma’s patent ran out and then they couldn’t screw the consumer with Rx pricing so they go to the OTC where they can still bring in lots of $$$$….which is what is important eh?

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