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A former Brigham Young offensive lineman says there is widespread steroid use in college athletics, including at BYU. However, the school reiterated Tuesday that it does not tolerate the use any banned substances by its student-athletes.
In Tuesday's edition, Scukanec told the Portland Tribune that "Over the course of my five years at BYU, I have concrete proof of 13 to 15 guys [using steroids], and I would suspect five others. And BYU is more temperate than most programs. Being around NFL and NFL Europe players, they would tell me stuff that blew my mind. I know other schools are worse. I would bet my house you could find at least five guys on every Division I team in the country [using steroids]."
Scukanec, an All-Mountain West center in 2001, later modified his statement about BYU, saying the 15 or so players extended over the life of his playing career, not exclusively at BYU. Scukanec, a sports radio host in Oregon, called his best friend, who was a guard, a "steroid monster."
"I shot him up probably four times in the butt," he said. "He couldn't do it himself. He was afraid of needles. He was naturally 245 or 250 pounds, but he got up to 312 with a 36-inch waist. He had stretch marks on his chest and shoulder and eventually blew out both of his knees. When I was with the [Denver] Broncos, they brought him in for a workout. The offensive line coach came to me and said, 'What's your friend on?' "
"Another guy we played with, who is still in the NFL, would come back at the end of a season weighing 270. Three weeks into the offseason, he was 295 and buffed. It wasn't a big mystery what he was doing."
Scukanec, who said he didn't use steroids, added college players know how to get around testing.
BYU's athletic department released the following statement Tuesday:
"Brigham Young University has been and will continue to be active in educating its student-athletes about the dangers of steroids. Each year, student-athletes are given a list of banned substances and are also required to review both the NCAA and BYU drug policies before being permitted to compete. Student-athletes are required to abide by BYU's Honor Code, which also prohibits the use of banned substances.
"In addition to random NCAA-mandated drug testing, BYU independently conducts an additional six to 10 random drug tests each year, which are administered by the university and processed by an independent lab.
"Use of banned substances, including stimulants and anabolic agents, diuretics, narcotics or street drugs by any BYU student-athlete will not be tolerated. Violation of the BYU or NCAA drug policies may result in dismissal from the university."