The Florida Gators have seemingly had everything go their way this season as they've started 6-0 and now are the favorites to win the SEC East.
While they'll still be favored to do so, their hopes of doing that just took a major blow with the potential loss of starting quarterback Will Grier. According to multiple media reports, Grier will miss the rest of the season due to an NCAA suspended related to performance-enhancing drugs.
Florida will announce this afternoon that QB Will Grier has been suspended for the rest of the season for a violation of NCAA rules.— Mike Huguenin (@MikeHuguenin) October 12, 2015
Florida QB Will Grier suspended for season for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs, source told @ESPN— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) October 12, 2015
This is a huge and sad story frankly. Whatever Grier did to earn this suspension, you never want to see a guy lose a season of college eligibility due to a rules infraction, let alone one issued by the NCAA, who don't have the greatest track record of being fair and balanced.
As the guys at OnlyGators.com write, this suspension could last a full 365 calendar days, which means he could miss next year's matchup with Kentucky, since that game typically comes in September or early October.
According to NCAA bylaws, Grier’s suspension will last a full calendar year (365 days), though the team can appeal that mandate at the conclusion of the season.
Under Bylaw 126.96.36.199.1, the student-athlete becomes ineligible for all regular season and postseason competition until eligibility is reinstated by the NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff on behalf of the committee. Pursuant to Bylaw 188.8.131.52.1, requests for reinstatement of eligibility will not be considered until the student-athlete has remained ineligible for a minimum of one calendar year (365 days) after the student-athlete has tested positive for a banned substance and after the student-athlete has been withheld from the equivalent of an NCAA season, the student-athlete retests negative by the NCAA (notice of which is provided to the student-athlete reinstatement staff by The National Center for Drug Free Sport), and the institution submits a request for reinstatement of eligibility via AMA Online.
In his first season as Florida's starter, Grier has thrown for 10 touchdowns, three interceptions and 1,204 yards for the Bo. 8 Gators, who will travel to face No. 6 LSU Tigers on on Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.