Do Steroids Have a Place in College Football?

By Mike Atkinson
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

What if I told you players on your favorite college football team were taking steroids? Would you care?

Steroids aren’t only a problem in baseball. According to ESPN, steroids are becoming an issue with college football as well.

The problem here lies with the fact that there isn’t a single overarching rule from the NCAA regarding performance enhancers. It’s left mostly in the hands of individual teams.

This is a problem because some teams will test periodically throughout the season to see if players are using performance enhancers, while others may not test at all, which creates an unfair playing field for the teams who follow the rules.

Now, personally, I think steroids have no place in the game. What I think separates college football from other sports is the desire and work players put in to reach the level they are at.

College athletes have to balance a number of things, while still being a student. They have to balance going to class and earning grades (ideally), while still attending practices with any free time they have left over, find a way to put hours into the gym and deal with being in the media spotlight.

Somehow, these athletes still find a way to get into shape and work their way to the talent level they need to be at.

That being said, college football loses its value to me if steroids are being used. Anybody can get big and athletic off of steroids. That’s not impressing anyone.

What is impressive, is when a student can find a way to put in the time for both school and football, without using steroids as a free pass to getting big.

Aside from that, steroids aren’t healthy. Players risk serious injury to their body taking steroids. Football is dangerous enough when a player’s body is healthy.

I think the NCAA needs to outright ban performance enhancers from the game and actually enforce it the same for all teams. It should govern teams by performing periodic tests for enhancers for all teams.

Do you think players should be allowed to take performance enhancers? Should the NCAA do a better job of monitoring the situation?

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