Today, the Washington State University Athletic Department confirmed that Aire Justin's career is over after he tested positive earlier this year for a performance enhancing substance. I reported this story first a few weeks ago after an inside source on the football team told me that Justin had indeed failed a drug test during Spring Ball. It created waves throughout Cougar nation, with some questioning this blog's credibilty and my very own journalistic ethics.
The loss of Justin will undoubtedly hurt WSU's depth at cornerback. Numerous spectators who watched the Cougars scrimmage the past few weeks said the senior-to-be was perhaps our best player at the position.
He will be remembered in many circles for his standout game last year in WSU's shocking 31-14 win against Oregon State. The corner nabbed two interceptions and made a number of stellar plays on that fateful November day.
The NCAA officially denied his appeal today in a development that didn't surprise anyone knowledgable about his predicament. With the loss of Justin, it appears that Damante Horton, Daniel Simmons and Nolan Washington will battle it out for playing time this fall.
That's all I've got for you today, as I'm off to go see former WSU running back Kevin McCall and Ludacris perform at Springfest here on the Palouse!
I just want to say that I've trusted what you guys have been saying since I found this blog roughly 4 years ago. WSUFootbalBlog.com is a prime example of what a few fans can do when they dedicate their heart and time in to what they love. Bravo, Adam!
Certainly, this is tough news for the program. Justin was a real player for us down the stretch last year and the experience that he would have brought to this year's campaign will be missed. But, what's really unfortunate for us is that we have lost our ability to tell kids to "Aire on the side of caution"--at least for the time being.
Meanwhile, as I said before, you did a GREAT job reporting on this, A-Train,even if you did move our blog dangerously close to having "Credibility and Accountability."
Thankfully, I am still here to keep us away from jumping into the pond of legitimacy.