Darren Carrington Suspended for National Title Game: Latest Details and Reaction

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2015

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Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington didn't travel to Texas with the Ducks and will miss the national championship game against Ohio State due to a failed drug test.

Aaron Fentress of CSNNW.com reports the redshirt freshman tested positive for marijuana in an NCAA-administered test. 

Oregon redshirt freshman wide receiver Darren Carrington failed an NCAA administered drug test and did not make the trip to Texas for Monday's national title game against Ohio State at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, according to multiple team sources.

The Ducks arrived here this evening. 

The report was confirmed by head coach Mark Helfrich on Saturday, according to Austin Meek of the Eugene Register-Guard:

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Helfrich confirms Darren Carrington ineligible per NCAA policy. "It will not be a distraction."

According to Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman, the team already unsuccessfully appealed the suspension:

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SOURCE: #Oregon had already appealed Darren Carrington being ruled ineligible for the positive NCAA drug test. It was heard and denied.

Dan Wolken of USA Today provides Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens' take on the suspension:

Mullens acknowledged Saturday that the wide gulf between Oregon's policy on marijuana (which isn't dissimilar from most schools) and the NCAA's is a bit perplexing, especially given the political climate and societal paradigm shift toward its legalization.

"You could certainly argue (the NCAA policy) is heavy-handed, there's no doubt," Mullens said.

Carrington had stepped into a major role for Oregon in its last two games. He had racked up 14 catches for nearly 300 yards and three touchdowns between the Pac-12 title game and the Rose Bowl, which served as a national semifinal.

He ranks behind only Byron Marshall on the team in receiving yards. It marks the second recent receiver setback for the high-flying Ducks, who will also likely be without Devon Allen. He suffered a knee injury on the opening kickoff against Florida State.

While Oregon will probably lean more heavily on its rushing attack as a result, it also adds to the pressure on the shoulders of Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota. He's going to be working with targets who didn't see as much first-team action this season.

Dwayne Stanford, Charles Nelson and Evan Baylis are among those who must rise to the occasion on Monday night if Carrington and Allen both miss the game as expected.

Cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and tight end Pharaoh Brown are expected to be out as well. 


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