WSU football player ineligible for nine games for substance violation
Defensive tackle Dan Spitz played in nine games last season, starting five, with one sack.
PULLMAN — The NCAA has ruled Washington State defensive tackle Dan Spitz ineligible for the first nine games of the 2010 season for violating the banned substance policy.
Spitz, a redshirt sophomore, will be allowed to practice with the team throughout the season. He will be eligible to compete for the Cougars when they host California, Nov. 6.
"Student-athletes are encouraged to consult with our athletic medicine, nutrition and strength and conditioning staffs with questions regarding any products," coach Paul Wulff said in a statement.
Spitz played in nine games last season, starting five, with one sack.
Linebacker Andre Barrington from Federal Way, a redshirt freshman, is ineligible for the season after failing to meet academic standards.
The Cougars' first fall football practice is Aug. 8.
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