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Sep 6, 2012 8:40 PM by Siera Santos

Oregon pushes for random drug testing

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - The University of Oregon is implementing random drug testing of all its athletes, following a media report earlier this year that estimated from 40 to 60 percent of the football team smoked marijuana.

Oregon's previous drug policy allowed for testing when there was reasonable suspicion. A recent decision by the general counsel gives temporary permission for random testing effective this month. The policy still faces a public hearing in early October.

ESPN The Magazine's April report was based on interviews with 19 current or former Oregon players and officials, and it accompanied a larger piece that looks at marijuana use among college football players nationwide.

In July, Oregon's athletic department proposed the changes to strengthen its drug policy.

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