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University of Miami has no comment on report of HGH testing

 

sdegnan@miamiherald.com

Last week, the University of Miami released a statement about its drug-testing policy for baseball, in light of recent reports that linked the names of several Major League Baseball players — including some who played for UM — as well as UM strength and conditioning coach Jimmy Goins, to a now-defunct “anti-aging’’ clinic that allegedly distributed performance-enhancing drugs.

The statement said no student-athlete has tested positive for anabolic steroids since UM enacted its comprehensive drug testing policy in 2005. It also said that UM does not currently test for Human Growth Hormones.

On Wednesday, Chris Freet, the UM associate athletic director for communication and marketing, would not comment on a report by The Associated Press “that Miami’s baseball team has been tested for performance-enhancing drug use, including human growth hormone,’’ according to an unnamed source.

The report cited the source indicating that the HGH drug-testing results have not yet arrived, and that “given the school’s link to baseball’s latest drug mess, the Hurricanes wanted additional testing.”

Goins has been suspended by UM while it conducts an investigation into the PED issue, first linked to the Hurricanes in a Miami New Times report last month.

University of Miami baseball coach Jim Morris had his Hurricanes gather for an evening practice Wednesday in preparation for the season-opening series against Rutgers this weekend.

Before the AP report surfaced, Morris said he had no further information on Goins’ status, and mentioned to The Miami Herald that no one on the college level tests for HGH.

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