^
Keep Houston Press Free
4

Steroids Strangely Absent From Texas High Schools

The University Scholastic League, which governs high school sports in Texas, today finally released its official, final report on steroid use among young Texas athletes.

The results: Either Texas kids are remarkably clean, or the test was really ineptly done and was easily finessed.

Cups were peed into 10,117 times in the 2007-08 school year.

The number of positive results for illegal substances: 2.

That's a whole lot of clean pee.

The results match up with media reports that were leaked (Ha!!) last month.

Critics say that schools chose "clean" athletes to take the "random" tests that kids knew about in advance. They question the $3 million annual cost.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

It seems they have a point. But the question of steroid abuse by high school athletes is important enough that maybe Texas should see about revamping the program instead of abandoning it.

And if that means no-warning tests on giant linemen from suburban perennial powerhouses (Hello, Katy and Southlake Carroll), then let the pissing begin.

And the moaning, of course.

-- Richard Connelly

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.