Lawmaker says steroids test may not be ready for football season

Staff Report

The Associated Press

AUSTIN (AP) - The Texas lawmaker who authored a new mandatory random steroid testing law for high school athletes now says the program may not be ready in time for the upcoming football season.

State Senator Kyle Janek -- a Republican from Houston -- said the state should consider holding back on testing if concerns about over-the-counter supplements causing positive test results are not satisfied by the fall.

Under the new law, the University Interscholastic League must implement what will be the nation's largest high school steroid testing program in the coming school year. The legislation, however, does not set a firm date.

Mark Cousins, athletic coordinator for the U-I-L, said that the steroids program would begin in the coming school year.

Cousins says the U-I-L will include a message about supplements possibly causing a positive steroids test in a D-V-D being made about the dangers of steroids.