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Two UCF Players Fail Drug Test, Suspended for Six Games

Ari Russell



In the first real controversy of the Scott Frost era for the Central Florida football program, two players have been suspended for six games for failing a drug test. The players, sophomore WR Tristan Payton and redshirt freshman CB Nevelle Clark tested positive for marijuana during an NCAA mandated drug test administered during the Knight’s bowl game.

The Orlando sentinel has more:

“We hold our athletes to the highest standard and they’re going to have consequences if they don’t live up to that standard,” UCF coach Scott Frost said. “We’re going to do everything we can for those two young men and hopefully they learn the lesson.”

Payton and Clarke will miss a minimum of six games next season.

The NCAA randomly tests athletes for marijuana at the championship event level for Division I sports and football bowl games. Tests can be administered to any number of players before or after the event.

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Both players were expecting to be important players for the upcoming season. Both players also will be participating in spring despite the suspension.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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