Sources: Allen suspended for failing drug test - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Sources: Allen suspended for failing drug test

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The University of Memphis suspended reserve point guard Andre Allen for violating team policy, head coach John Calipari said Wednesday.

Allen did not practice with the team Wednesday, and did not travel with the team to San Antonio.  Sources close to the situation told Action News 5 Allen failed a random drug test.

No one from the university, including Calipari, would confirm an exact reason for Allen's suspension.

According to NCAA rules, it is typically better for a university to issue the suspension rather than the NCAA in the event of a failed drug test.

The NCAA Executive Committee can randomly drug test any student-athlete at the championship level.

When the athlete walks off the court of a championship game, a crew member notifies him he has been selected for the random drug test.

The player must sign a form that he will report to a urine collection station within the hour, or designated crew members take him to the collection station right on the spot.

The athlete must bring a witness from the athletics department staff to verify his identity.

After the urine is collected, the crew member sends it to a lab to be analyzed for banned substances.

If the student refuses to take the test, it is also treated as a positive test result.

Officials said an entire team could be penalized if school officials knowingly allow a team member to play with drugs in his system.

Allen played in 37 games this season, averaging 3.3 points and 14.1 minutes.


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