University of South Carolina wide receiver Shaq Roland will miss two additional games due to his unspecified violation of “university policy.”
Roland – who missed the Gamecocks’ 28-25 victory over Central Florida last week – was the team’s leading receiver at the time of his suspension (he now trails junior Bruce Ellington). USC head coach Steve Spurrier has repeatedly insisted Roland’s suspension had nothing to do with academic issues, drugs or law enforcement problems – a.k.a. the “usual suspects” – however a report from Sports Talk Radio Network suggests Roland had been suspended for taking the ADHD medicine Adderall.
Adderall – a stimulant – is on the NCAA’s most recent list of banned substances. It is also banned by the National Football League – which has handed down more than a dozen suspensions for the drug over the last twenty months.
Used by many college students as a “study drug,” Adderall provides a boost of energy and enhanced focus.
Roland will miss Saturday’s home game against Kentucky and an October 12 road game against Arkansas as a result of his suspension. A 6-foot-1, 190-pound sophomore from Lexington, S.C., Roland was Mr. Football in the state of South Carolina in 2011.
How’s Roland taking it?
“Everything happens for a reason,” he tweeted earlier this week.