State committee reverses suspensions of local high school players

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GEORGETOWN, Texas (KWTX) The State Executive Committee of the University Interscholastic League late Friday afternoon reversed a decision to suspend six local high school football players accused of steroid use.

The ruling late Friday afternoon came after superintendents from school districts in UIL District 13-4A voted 3-1 earlier in the day to suspend the six Gatesville High School players from extracurricular activities for 30 days.

An attorney for the students and their parents immediately appealed the ruling to state committee, which met in emergency session at 3:30 p.m. to consider the appeal.

The executive committee’s decision means the six players will suit up for Friday night’s game, which pitted the 7-0 Hornets against the 5-2 China Spring Cougars.

Gatesville lost the game 43-16.

The issue revolves around a former coach who resigned from the district in July after he was accused of providing steroids to some of his players

An unnamed parent was also involved.

The Gatesville ISD launched an investigation on July 19 after an unknown caller made an accusation that a coach was providing performance enhancing drugs to his players.

The coach later resigned and never has been charged with any violations of the law.

In addition, Gatesville Superintendent Eric Penrod said all of the students involved have passed drug tests.

The district initiated an internal investigation and turned information over to Gatesville police, who started looking into the issue themselves.

Gatesville police Chief Nathan Gohlke said Friday the investigation is complete and the results have been forwarded to the Coryell County District Attorney's Office for review.