Florida Gators QB Will Grier has NCAA banned substance suspension appeal denied

By Adam Silverstein
November 20, 2015

Florida Gators redshirt freshman quarterback Will Grier had his appeal of a year-long NCAA suspension for use of a banned substance denied Friday.

Grier will not be able to return to the field for the Gators until the seventh week of the 2016 season, when he will be a redshirt sophomore. Florida’s seventh game will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15 against Missouri in Gainesville, Florida. The Gators will play LSU the week prior and have a bye week the following Saturday.

The Orlando Sentinel’s Edgar Thompson first reported the denial, which Florida confirmed an hour later.

In an attempt to get Grier’s suspension reduced from 12 months to the remainder of the 2015 season, the player, his lawyers and the University Athletic Association filed an official appeal and pleaded their case on a conference call held Monday.

Grier previously admitted to taking the banned substance for which he tested positive, noting that he did not consult Florida’s training staff before ingesting what he described as an over-the-counter product.

Though Grier was the Gators’ starting quarterback and has been allowed, per NCAA rules, to practice with the team while suspended, he has not done so. Head coach Jim McElwain noted that Grier’s had more important things to deal with – namely, the suspension and subsequent appeal – though it is unknown whether he will return to the practice field this season.

It remains unknown what will happen at quarterback for Florida when Grier returns. Presumably, sophomore Treon Harris will have started 14+ consecutive contests by that point and should have a handle on the starting job, though his play has not been up to Grier’s level as of late.

Grier shined as a starter for the Gators, leading them to a come-from-behind road victory at Tennessee and dominant 28-10 win over Ole Miss. In Grier’s last 10 quarters as Florida’s quarterback, the Gators outscored their opponents 70-23.


  1. Mike The Red says:

    I feel bad for the kid, but this avoidable situation was his own doing. Time to move on.

  2. Rob says:

    It would be nice to know the banned substance he ingested. I guess it only matters in how I would view the severity of the mistake. I am also not sure he got the best advice in taking his “Free Willie” campaign public. I feel very confident it was directed by someone other than his parents. I am surprised it wasn’t on the cabs driving around Orlando.

  3. Chuck says:

    If he were only doing the profession he is training for after college. 4 games. Move on. But it is very important to destroy kids while we allow adults in the workforce (in this case NFL) to come back after 4 games. I totally get it.

  4. harrisjohn435 says:

    Grier can make public the substance he took at any time. I don’t expect him to do so because I think it would confirm that he took steroids. I think he lied when he made his “confession” after he was caught. As Baretta said, ” Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.” As for his father, I think he’s a sleaze ball and I believe he’s the one who came up with the “Free Willy” nonsense and also advised his son to take steroids. There was no basis for an appeal, except for a lawyer’s willingness to get paid. I wonder if Grier will ever play for UF again, since he’ll always be known as he guy who cheated and then lied about cheating.

    • Fatback says:

      You have no idea what truly transpired, much less know his intentions, yet you can safely conclude this 19-year-old kid lied, cheated, used steroids, his father is a sleazeball and they had no basis for appeal. That’s impressive… God bless the internet.

    • Marc says:

      How is he always going to be known for something you just completely made up?

  5. Rob says:

    Wow! How quick to pass judgment. Will is probably guilty and he will serve his time. Cheap shot at the Father! Maybe poor choice for advice is his only crime.

  6. GatorBill says:

    Wow, Chuck is the only one making sense. These other comments are absurd and/or misguided. Time to ramp it up and sue the NCAA.

  7. KarVer says:

    Treon can smoke pot, steal and still play in the same year if he so chooses.
    Ruels are unfair.
    Grier playing this year would be experienced enough for awards next year. Now he won’t be up to speed. Ready for a New QB now cause of Treons play, I know there are other QBs!

  8. Mike Daniels says:

    He never revealed what he took…so in my book….he cheated. Feel for the kid but the rules are the rules. Got to think that Harris is locked in as the starter by then. Grier best chance will be 2 years from now…..

    • HoneyBee says:

      I agree 100%. I wouldn’t be surprised if he transfers because I don’t see how he would be playing mid season next year.

  9. HoneyBee says:

    I’m betting that Coach Mac is somewhere very elated that he does not have to deal with this family anymore. First, the dad posting comments, showing his frustrations regarding Grier not starting and then, the distasteful pictures right before NCAA’s decision. The dad seems obnoxious and self centered, he needs to go sit down somewhere and be quiet. I’m sure he is behind all of this nonsense. If Grier was taking something as serious as they say, it was before the season started. It’s truly sad it ended this way, but rules are rules.

  10. Sharon Milner says:

    I think Will knew what he was doing and thought he wouldn’t get caught. It’s too bad because he was a great quarterback for Florida. I hope he stays and plays again. If he transfers wouldn’t the punishment go with him no matter where he went?

    • HoneyBee says:

      Remember coach always said he will play the hot hand. If we are doing well by mid season next year, I doubt he will throw in another quarterback and disrupt the chemistry. Meaning, Grier will probably not play next year and cause his dad to throw another tantrum. I hear he is spending alot of time in North Carolina, could be sooner than later. Who knows?

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