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University of Texas suspends two players over urine sample

May 6, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

Corey Knebel AP

We don’t usually cover college baseball here, but this story is pretty interesting.

All-American closer Corey Knebel has been suspended by the University of Texas because, according to the Austin American-Statesman, “he willingly substituted his urine sample to protect a teammate from failing a drug test.”

Kirk Bohls and Mark Rosner of the Austin American-Statesman report that the teammate in question is likely pitcher Cameron Cox, who was suspended indefinitely for an undisclosed rules violation. And according to the Dallas Morning News they got caught because the test came back positive for Adderal, which Knebel is approved to take despite it being on the NCAA’s list of banned substances.

So, seemingly Cox was worried about failing a drug test and got Knebel to swap in his urine sample, except he didn’t realize Knebel takes Adderal and that would show up on the falsified test. The lesson, as always: Be careful whose urine you borrow.

Texas is a big-time college baseball program and Knebel is five saves away from tying Huston Street‘s school and conference records.

  1. historiophiliac - May 6, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Wow, I tweeted about pee testing this am. Weird.

    • stex52 - May 6, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      So you’re saying it’s your fault this happened? If I liked U of T I would be pretty mad.

      • historiophiliac - May 6, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        Go Pokes! lol

  2. cowboysoldiertx - May 6, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    This time stepping up to the, um plate, for a buddy didn’t work out!

  3. shaggylocks - May 6, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    I was disappointed when I read this and realized that the mental images evoked by the headline–two UT players hanging by their ankles over a vat of urine samples, perhaps with a lit candle slowly burning down next to the rope–was not what the story was about at all.

  4. philliesblow - May 6, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Does this make him Evil Knebel?

    Wonder who peed for Clemens when he was at Texas?

    • professor30 - May 6, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      Spike Owen

  5. thefrenchyconnection - May 6, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Boy was I confused after reading the American-Statesmen article. I was sitting here trying to figure out why you would ask someone who takes a prescription drug to swap urine with you to avoid detection of the said prescription drug.

  6. tfbuckfutter - May 6, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Why were they suspended over the urine?

    Inspired by a Japanese game show?

  7. mazblast - May 6, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    U of T is a darned good school. I thought they only had guys this dumb on the football team.

  8. manchestermiracle - May 6, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    “The lesson, as always: Be careful whose urine you borrow.” Or like, you know, don’t use. No need to borrow then.

  9. billymc75 - May 6, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    maybe the NCAA shouldnt be so anal

  10. baseballisboring - May 7, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    not very smart

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