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Six WFU Football Players Suspended Following Drug Test

Six football players at Wake Forest University have been suspended following a random drug test after their team lost 19-14 to Maryland. Sources which include acquaintances of the players and a member of the WFU athletic department, confirmed that the smoking of weed by players led the coach Jim Grobe to suspend them for one game.  The players are Daniel Mack, Deandre Martin, Merrill “Bud” Noel, Mike Olson, Frank Souza and Airyn Willis.

Coach Grobe refused to comment on the suspensions on Monday, saying he is not privileged to discuss it.  He did say that the suspensions resulted from a violation of athletic department policy.

The Deacons led in the fourth quarter against Maryland but gave up a decisive late touchdown.  This caused Wake Forest to fall to 3-3 overall and to 1-3 in its ACC play leading into its next game at Virginia.  The team has this week off and will return to practice on Thursday. At this time all six suspended players are eligible for reinstatement.

Coach Grobe suggested on Monday that the drug testing matter is not yet completely closed.  He wants to wait and see how the players handle their suspension.  He said the players need to be remorseful and understand that they not only let their team down, but their families also.  He wants to see a good response from them — for them to take responsibility and be on their best behavior.  He said it has to be something helpful, otherwise he will lose his patience.

The Deacons played Maryland without flank guard Michael Campanero, who is currently out with an injury.  During the game, offensive guard Antonio Ford broke his left leg.  He underwent surgery on Sunday morning and will be sidelined for an expended period.