Questions heading into School Soccer Playoff media day


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DALLAS (AP) — Clemson defensive deal with Dexter Lawrence is not going to play towards No. three Notre Dame within the Cotton Bowl after the NCAA confirmed a suspension Thursday for a failed take a look at for performance-enhancing medicine, probably ending the proficient junior’s school profession.

Lawrence is one in every of three Clemson gamers who examined constructive for ostarine, a substance used to deal with osteoporosis that may act like an anabolic steroid. The same old NCAA suspension for a failed PED take a look at is one calendar yr.

Earlier Thursday, Lawrence participated in No. 2 Clemson’s School Soccer Playoff media day session at AT&T Stadium and stated he has no concept what might have led to the failed take a look at. Lawrence was holding out hope extra testing by the NCAA would result in the suspension being lifted.

However in a press release, Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich says the NCAA confirmed the suspensions of Lawrence and two reserves.

“The athletic division could have no additional touch upon the matter this night because it considers all of our choices, together with appeals,” Radakovich stated.

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Media day for each CFP semifinals have been held concurrently with No. 1 Alabama and No. four Oklahoma assembly with reporters on the Orange Bowl in South Florida. Lawrence’s standing has been the lead story going into Saturday’s video games.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney introduced earlier within the week the college had been notified by the NCAA in regards to the failed assessments by Lawrence, reserve offensive deal with Zach Giella and freshman tight finish Braden Galloway.

Lawrence’s look on the house of the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, on Thursday morning was one thing of a shock. Just like the a lot of the different starters, he had a small desk arrange for him with a reputation card. He sat and answered questions for a lot of the 45-minute session, however the crowd of reporters thinned after about 20 minutes.

Lawrence, a probable first-round draft choose if he enters the 2019 draft, stated he would by no means even take into consideration purposely taking one thing like that.

“I’m not the kind of man to do a egocentric act like that, I’ve an excessive amount of delight,” Lawrence stated. “I like this staff and my household an excessive amount of to even take into consideration placing a substance like that in my physique. I don’t know the place it got here from. I don’t know the way it obtained there.”

Lawrence has been attending observe and doing a little drills, however not taking repetitions with starters. He has 7 half of tackles for loss this season and is likely one of the finest run defenders within the nation.

“I wish to say proper now I’m at peace. I do know that I’ve no management on what the ‘B’ pattern end result can be,” Lawrence stated. “I’m simply right here to assist my teammates and simply attempt to be the chief and starter I’ve been all yr.”

Alabama additionally had three gamers suspended for its sport, however didn’t present particulars as to why. Alabama coach Nick Saban stated beginning left guard Deonte Brown, tight finish Kedrick James and offensive lineman Elliot Baker dedicated an NCAA violation and wouldn’t play once more this season. Not one of the gamers made the journey to Miami with the staff.

The information in South Florida was Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray being in attendance at media. The Heisman Trophy winner missed media availability on Wednesday as a result of he was not feeling nicely, although he did observe.

Murray was coughing and sniffling a bit, however stated there was little question he would play Saturday.

Backup quarterbacks drew consideration at each semifinal websites.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly confirmed that Brandon Wimbush has taken the steps essential to switch. The quarterback’s identify is within the switch database, however no last determination has been made.

Wimbush declined to speak about what he has advised Kelly about his future, however did acknowledge he has selections to make about his future after the season. Wimbush can be a graduate switch and eligible to play instantly subsequent season.

“We’re a pair days away from this sport and I don’t need something to be a distraction,” stated Wimbush, who began the primary three video games of the season earlier than dropping the job to Ian Ebook. “I’m excited for what’s to return and what lies forward and I’ve a yr of eligibility left. I’m excited to fulfil that.”

Alabama’s Jalen Hurts, the Tide’s starter for the final two seasons earlier than Tua Tagovailoa gained the job this yr. Hurts may be a graduate switch with quick eligibility.

“My story’s nonetheless unfolding. Simply need to see what’s up subsequent,” Hurts stated.


AP Sports activities Writers Stephen Hawkins in Arlington, Texas, and Tim Reynolds in Miami Gardens, Florida, contributed to this report.


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