The world of college football always comes with news that certain roster decisions must be made due to off the field issues. With a sport that fields so many players on a single roster, it's only natural that these sorts of matters will occur.
As the season just came to an end, there are some matters that have made headlines in the college football world, pertaining to off the field issues.
Let's take a look at a few of these stories.
The Suspended Clemson Players
The most recent big player suspension story affecting the national championship game. Three players on Clemson's team were suspended for the rest of the season going into the playoffs, due to testing positive for ostarine, a banned substance. The suspension came following a random drug test.
They weren't able to play in the national championship game, though Clemson prevailed.
One player, Dexter Lawrence is set to enter the 2019 NFL draft, while the others will return. Clemson is looking into an appeal and further tests, and thus far, it's unclear how this matter will affect the team going into the next season.
Former Rice Player Convicted
Rice football was also in the news recently, due to the conviction of a player who was on the team a few seasons ago.
Stuart Mouchantaf, a former Rice player, was charged in the death of a former Rice teammate. Mouchantaf allegedly sold his teammate what he believed to be Vicodin. The teammate died of an overdose from an opioid that is used as an elephant tranquilizer.
The municipality made it clear that they hold the dealer responsible for deaths, and that all of these cases would be treated harsher than a typical drug sale charge. It's especially important to note that we're in the middle of an opioid crisis, with many people dealing with substance abuse issues. When substance abuse issues affect a program, you can expect coaches and Athletic Directors today to check it out in detail, since such stories will dominate news cycles.
Two LSU Players Involved in a Fatal Shootout
Two players on LSU's team were questioned over the holidays after an 18-year-old man was shot and killed.
According to police, the players said that the man was trying to rob them, and the shooting was in self-defense. The exchange allegedly occurred during the sale of an electronic device.
No charges have been filed, and the players' defense attorney maintains that it was an act of self-defense and that the evidence will back that.
There's no word who fired the weapon, and whether the weapon was legally owned. The school also hasn't said whether any further actions will be taken by the team.
These are a few stories that have been noteworthy in the world of college football, and these are matters that will have to play out further over time.