Waterloo University (Ontario) Football—One Year Steroid Ban!

Lion's Den U's TheCoachCorrespondent IJune 14, 2010

The Warriors of the University of Waterloo have suspended its football program for one year following the biggest steroid investigation in Canadian university history by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES).

They have revealed nine potential anti-doping infractions by members of the Warriors football team, which followed the arrest of Warriors receiver Nathan Zettler for possession and trafficking of anabolic steroids in March.

Zettler was suspended from football, and Waterloo officials then called for the entire team to be tested.

Teammate Dustin Zender as quoted as saying "Because of the actions made by some — who weren’t smart — it now affects players who did the right thing."

Out of the 62 urine samples, the CCES reported nine potential infractions…

Four players admitted to steroid use.

Three others tested positive.

Another simply refused to be tested.

The ninth case is pending an additional police investigation.

"Officials from the CIS and the university suggested that the issue of performance-enhancing drugs reaches well beyond the Waterloo campus," Katz said.

The CCES did not identify all the players in its release.

First-year linebacker Jordan Meredith tested positive for the cancer-fighting drug Tamoxifen, a prohibited substance in university football that is commonly used by athletes as part of a post-cycle treatment to combat the side-effects of steroids.

Meredith has waived his right to a hearing and acknowledged he committed a doping infraction.

He will be suspended for two years.

Joe Surgenor, a second-year linebacker, admitted to use of a steroid at the time of CCES testing and accepted a two-year ban.


The Coach’s Take:

Did anyone honestly not suspect that steroids were rampant in the CIS? They are in NFL, MLB, NHL and every other major sporting organization. The NCAA reports problems with possible use of steroids, and you shouldn’t be surprised that players and juicing north of the border.

The part that concerns me is if any of the Waterloo coaches ( head coach Dennis McPhee and assistant Marshall Bingeman) had any knowledge of the illegal activity. As for now, they’ve been placed of paid leave the university conducts a full review…hmm.

The Warriors had a 3-5 record last year to finish tied for sixth with Guelph in the 10-team OUA standings.

They didn’t make the playoffs.

Seems as if the steroids worked.


Any player who was clean should be allowed an automatic transfer and not lose a year of their eligibility.