Cal Poly to investigate football player drug use
August 13, 2014
Two days after San Luis Obispo police arrested five university football players for allegedly robbing a fraternity house near campus, Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong announced plans to mount an investigate drug use within the football team.
San Luis Obispo police are looking into allegations that the motive for the Sunday’s robbery could have something to do with the anti-anxiety drug Xanax. If the robbery is determined to be drug related, it would be the second time in a year that Cal Poly football team has been linked to drug crime that involved a firearm.
“Illegal drugs and criminal activity have absolutely no place at Cal Poly,” Armstrong says in his statement. “They are anathema to student success, the Mustang Way and the expectations we hold for all members of the Cal Poly family.”
After the official criminal investigation concludes, Cal Poly’s administration plans to conduct an investigation into possible illegal drugs and criminal activity within the football program and on campus. In addition, university officials are reviewing policies and procedures related to student conduct.
Plans have been made to expand drug testing to include all student athletes and to increase the number of drugs tested for. In the past, the university conducted random testing of student athletes for several drugs, but not Xanax.
Cal Poly football player’s Kristaan Ivory, 20, of Los Angeles; Cameron Akins, 19, of Monrovia; Cortland Fort, 20, of Fontana; Dominique Love, 19, of Poway; and Jake Brito, 18, of Cypress are schedule to be in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on Aug. 25 for their arraignments.