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Grizzlies Football Player Failed Drug Test After I-Aa Title Game

Sun., Feb. 4, 1996

A Montana football player failed a drug test after the Grizzlies won the NCAA Division I-AA national championship, but the results do not jeopardize the team’s trophy.

UM athletic director Wayne Hogan said he could not release information on the test, which the school learned about a couple of weeks ago.

The school investigated and told the NCAA it believed the positive test was triggered by an accepted medication.

Now the school is waiting on the NCAA’s answer, which could be within the next week.

If the test is deemed legitimate, the NCAA sanction would be a 12-month suspension from competition for the player, whose name was not released.

Montana enjoyed its highest finish ever last season, winning its first national football title Dec. 16 with a 22-20 win over Marshall.

Kevin Williams, a star wide receiver at Southern California and member of the 1978 national championship team, was killed in a freight-train crash. Williams, 38, died early Thursday when the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. train derailed and caught fire as it rounded a downhill bend in the Cajon Pass northeast of Los Angeles. The conductor on the train was also killed.

From 1977-80, Williams caught 71 passes for 1,358 yards. He also caught passes for 25 touchdowns during his career, which still stands as a USC record.

Williams played briefly in the NFL and USFL.

Iowa football coach Hayden Fry, who just completed his 17th season, has been given a new contract that runs through June 30, 2000. Fry, 66, has a 124-73-6 record at Iowa.

David Moran, a four-year starter at quarterback, defensive back and wide receiver at Bradshaw Mountain High in Prescott, Ariz., said he will play for Oregon State.



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