It was about this time last year when the news of Will Grier’s failed drug test hit the newsstands.
After leading Florida to a 6-0 start, it was revealed that Grier had failed a drug test for PEDs and would be suspended for one year.
A year after the fact, Grier opened up about the situation with Bleacher Report’s Matt Hayes, and told his side of the story:
The way Grier tell it, he and his roommate Austin Hardin were extremely into being healthy. Following workouts the two drank lots of Gatorade protein drinks, but soon realized the drink contained lots of sugar and carbs.
So the duo went to the local Total Nutrition and got some protein powder, and used that for months. In June 2015, one of the store clerks also recommended “Ligandrol,” a protein that he explained would help muscles take in more protein and recover faster.
The two looked up the product on every NCAA site, Grier explained, and it did not show up on the banned substance list.
“I did my research and was confident in it,” Grier wrote. “What I didn’t do is ask the trainers at Florida if it was cleared. I still don’t know why I didn’t. It’s no one’s fault but mine.”
It turns out Ligandrol was added to the banned substance list in August of that year. Grier was then randomly selected for a drug test, failed, and after a meeting with McElwain was told he would be suspended for a year.
“Coach McElwain was telling the media that I was eligible to practice with the team, while telling me I didn’t need to be around the team at this time,” Grier wrote. “I felt like I was being pushed away from Florida.”
Grier said he returned to Florida in November with his father to have a meeting with McElwain at 5 p.m. The Florida coach didn’t show until about 7 p.m. because he was out recruiting 4-star quarterback Feleipe Franks.
The suspended quarterback wanted to know what the future held for him in Gainesville, what McElwain’s plans were for the future.
But the coach would not tip his hand.
Two weeks later Grier had a solo meeting with McElwain where he asked similar questions. That’s when McElwain reportedly suggested a transfer.
“Maybe a fresh start isn’t the worst thing.” He said that, and I said, “So I guess that’s the move.”
Grier ended up transferring to West Virginia after also being recruited by both Ohio State and Oregon. He is appealing with the NCAA to play Week 1 next season.
Toward the end of his tell-all, Grier opened up about his thoughts on McElwain.
“I never thought McElwain appreciated anything I did,” Grier wrote. “If it were a different situation and he did appreciate what I did, he would’ve done anything to get me ready to play for the next year. Trying to keep me in it, around the team, prepared to go if and when the opportunity happened again. Instead, it was just the opposite.”
You view his entire story on Bleacher Report HERE.