Kentucky Loses Top D-End

College Fotball News
Posted May 24, 2009

Jeremy Jarmon was ruled ineligible for his senior season.

By: BE Coleman

The University of Kentucky took a hit when the NCAA ruled defensive end Jeremy Jarmon was ruled ineligible for his senior season. The 6'3" 277 lb. Jarmon failed a drug test for a banned substance after inadvertently taking a dietary supplement.

At Jarmon's request, he discussed the situation at a news conference Saturday morning on the UK campus. He began taking the supplement in early February with a goal of becoming leaner, but did not have the supplement approved in advance by the UK strength and conditioning staff, which is the proper procedure.

He later asked about the supplement, which he discontinued taking after being advised to do so. In a routine, random test by the NCAA on Feb. 24, Jarmon tested positive for a banned substance.

The penalty for a positive test is the loss of one year of eligibility, in effect ending the collegiate career of the Wildcat senior. His appeal for reinstatement was denied Thursday night.

"My first concern is with Jeremy and his family and what a devastating blow this is for them," Coach Rich Brooks said. "There was no intent by Jeremy to do anything improper, it was an error in judgment in not checking with our staff (before taking the supplement).

Jeremy has been an outstanding individual on and off the football field, and I hope that people understand what a class act he has been." Jarmon played in 38 games during the last three seasons, including 31 starting assignments. He made 38 tackles as a junior, including 10 for loss and 4.5 quarterback sacks, along with six pass breakups.

He has 17.5 sacks in his career, third in school history. Jarmon has completed his degree in political science and is studying abroad this summer as he works toward a second major.

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