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UPDATE: Frank Howard suspended indefinitely from Syracuse basketball team; sources cite failed drug test

Syracuse will play their opening round game of the 2019 NCAA tournament on Thursday night, and potentially the entire tournament if they advance, without senior point guard Frank Howard as the school announced that he’s been suspended indefinitely. Now, sources say the suspension was due to a failed drug test.

THE DAILY ORANGE REPORTS THAT THE SUSPENSION WAS DUE TO A FAILED DRUG TEST:

Syracuse senior point guard Frank Howard has been suspended indefinitely because he failed a drug test before the NCAA Tournament, three people familiar with the situation told The Daily Orange on Wednesday night. It is unclear when the testing took place.

“The NCAA conducts testing at its championships, and year round on campus in Division I and II programs,” according to the NCAA website. “In addition, the majority of institutions conduct their own institutional testing programs independent of NCAA drug testing.”

No. 8 seed Syracuse opens the NCAA tournament with a matchup against No. 9 seed Baylor on Thursday night as they play in Salt Lake City in a game that will tip at 9:57 p.m. EST.

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