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University Of Oregon Starts Random Athlete Drug Tests

AP | Sept. 6, 2012 4:45 a.m. | Eugene, Oregon

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The University of Oregon has sped up plans for random drug tests of athletes.

The school announced Wednesday that the policy allowing the tests went into effect as of Sept. 1.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports (bit.ly/NOM5dx) the school earlier planned to hold off tests until after a public hearing on the policy in October

But a university spokesman says the school wants to make sure nobody gets hurt this fall playing or practicing on drugs.

An ESPN magazine story in the spring said half the football team smoked marijuana. Coach Chip Kelley called that inaccurate.

The university already can test athletes if there’s reasonable suspicion of drug use.

The random tests will be for both street and performance drugs.

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