Clemson coach Dabo Swinney wants ‘common sense’ approach to dealing with positive drug tests

ARLINGTON, Texas – Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence was walking up the driveway to his friend’s house when Dabo Swinney called last week.

Lawrence had never heard his coach’s voice sound that way, he said.

Then Swinney asked Lawrence if he was taking something.

“Are you crazy?” Lawrence said he replied. “What’s wrong with you for asking me something like that?”

It was a “difficult call,” Swinney added Thursday at Cotton Bowl media day, a week after learning three of his players had tested positive for an illegal muscle-building substance called ostarine.  Lawrence, offensive lineman Zach Giella and tight end Braden Galloway’s eligibility for Saturday’s semifinal playoff game rests on the results of a ‘B’ test sample.

Clemson expects those results by end of day Thursday.

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