Florida quarterback Will Grier has been suspended for the remainder of the 2015 season for testing positive for a substance that is banned by the NCAA. Florida head coach Jim McElwain informed the media on Monday afternoon that Grier’s suspension would be appealed. Per NCAA rules, the suspension will last, at least, one calendar year from last Sunday, when the test came back positive. So Grier will be, at the earliest able to return on Tuesday, Oct. 11 2016.
During an NCAA drug test, there are two samples, A and B, that are tested. Per NCAA protocol, sample A is tested first. If the A sample is tested and found positive — it takes about two weeks for the results — then sample B is tested. If this sample comes back positive, the athlete is declared ineligible for an entire calendar year.
The university can appeal the decision, but the athlete has to remain ineligible through the appeal process.
“We will, as a university, appeal this and we support Will, his family, obviously in every way possible,” McElwain said per 247Sports. “And yet, we also know that there’s certain steps that go along the way when taking an over-the-counter supplement. Doesn’t matter what it is. That’s the way it is.”
The appeal must be filed within 48 hours, and will be heard within 48 hours or before the next contest, whichever comes first.
If the appeal does not go though however, the athlete loses a year of eligibility, meaning he will be a redshirt junior in October 2016.
The student-athlete will have an “exit drug test” during, and no earlier than, the 11th month of their suspension. If the test is negative, the athlete will be able to be reinstated, meaning the earliest Grier could return would be October of 2016.