Steroid Scandal at Austin Peay State University Football Program?

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An Austin Peay State University (APSU) football player was busted selling anabolic steroids to an undercover cop only four days before his team’s home opener against the University of Tennesse Martin. Cody Tucker, the starting senior fullback for APSU, was suspended indefinitely for violating an unspecified team policy after sports administrators learned of his arrest on September 18, 2012.

“The student athlete was immediately and indefinitely suspended,” according to Brad Kirtley, APSU Sports Information Director. “We just have to wait until the legal process occurs to determine if the suspension is a termination or whether he’ll be allowed back.”

Tucker was caught up in a controlled steroid sale conducted by the 19th Judicial District Drug Task Force. The task force aggressively investigates drug dealers with the goal of creating a drug-free, and apparently steroid-free, community.

According to the official news release, Tucker sold undercover cops the ridiculously small amount of 500mg of injectable testosterone. Five hundred milligrams of testosterone would probably be the bare minimum weekly dosage used by any athlete whose sport requires strength and size.

Kirtley was not aware of any of Tucker’s teammates being involved in the use and sale of steroids and performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). It is unclear if APSU officials plan to launch an investigation into the extent of Tucker’s involvement with steroid distribution and whether his teammates were also customers.

Coach Rick Christophel refused to comment on whether other players on the team were implicated in Tucker’s steroid activities.

Steroid use among football players has not historically been a problem at APSU. If any steroid use had previously occurred it had gone undetected under existing anti-doping policy. An Ohio Valley Conference spokesperson could not recall any athlete from the conference being subjected to any disciplinary actions as the result of a steroid-related arrest.

Tucker has been released on $5,000 bond. His suspension from the team is indefinite. Further action may be taken by school administrators after Tucker’s criminal case has concluded.


Sanders, F. (September 22, 2012). APSU football player charged with selling steroids. Retrieved from