Ex-Boise State QB tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug

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Former Boise State quarterback Rathen Ricedorff tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug this spring, which led to his eventual departure from the football team, a source close to the program told the Idaho Statesman.

The school announced on April 18 that the junior quarterback was no longer with the team, 10 days after the end of spring practices. The NCAA penalty for a positive PED test carries an automatic loss of one full year of eligibility for the first offense. The source said it had been more than a decade since the last such positive test in the Boise State football program.

Ricedorff has not responded to multiple phone calls and text messages since the news broke that he was off the roster. Boise State spokesman Joe Nickell referred a reporter to the university’s original statement. 

“Rathen Ricedorff rendered himself ineligible for the entire 2017 football season due to an NCAA rules violation, and is no longer part of the Boise State football team,” the April statement from Boise State read in its entirety. 

All NCAA schools sponsoring football are subject to drug testing at least once a year, including for “anabolic agents, diuretics and masking agents, peptide hormones, beta-2 agonists and beta blockers.” 

Stimulants and street/illicit drugs are generally not part of the year-round testing, though the NCAA does test for all drugs before bowl games. A positive NCAA test for stimulants or street drugs results in a loss of a half-season of eligibility. Boise State performs its own tests randomly and carries its own penalty of 50 percent of a season for PEDs and 10 percent for street drugs.

http://www.idahostatesman.com/sports/college/mountain-west/boise-state-university/bronco-beat-blog/article162593533.html

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