HOW BIG AN ISSUE ARE STEROIDS?
Each week, ESPN.com surveys the student-athletes on our panel to see how they feel about a topic that directly affects collegiate life.
How big of an issue are performance-enhancing drugs?
"In women's soccer, I have not heard of it as an issue whatsoever. As far as throughout college sports in general, I do think it is of great concern. I look at football and baseball players and I sympathize with them. They are trying to make it to the professional ranks. How are they supposed to get there if they do not do what the professionals are already doing? I think the NFL and MLB need to do a better job of keeping performance-enhancing drugs out of their leagues. Children idolize these athletes and I am hearing stories of middle schoolers experimenting with these dangerous drugs, and it just breaks my heart."
-- Cori Alexander, Portland women's soccer
"In college hockey, performance enhancing drugs are a non-issue, at least here at BC. Guys use supplements, but they are all legal according to NCAA rules. I cannot speak for the rest of college sports -- or even college hockey for that matter -- because I simply don't know what other teams do. Hockey is a rough, contact sport that requires strength and endurance, so I wouldn't be surprised if there were some athletes who did use performance enhancers. The trainers help us understand what is legal and what isn't so that way we don't accidentally use a banned substance."
-- Cory Schneider, Boston College men's ice hockey
"I don't think that performance enhancing drugs are a big problem in soccer. That's probably because if you take these drugs, they won't necessarily make you a better soccer player. There are other things that a soccer player needs to be successful, and I don't think any drug can perform miracles. In world soccer, I think there were maybe 20 cases last year in which drugs were found in players' systems after games. In other sports I think it is a bigger problem because the athletes are always looking for an edge. However, the new testing policy of the NCAA has cleaned this all up dramatically."
-- Chase Wileman, SMU men's soccer
"I don't think performance enhancing drugs are a big issue in college sports, but I don't feel like I have enough information to know for sure. But what I do know is it is not an issue on my team. There is not much said about the topic from coaches or trainers because there is an unspoken expectation to keep it a non-issue at Rice."
-- Tyler Henley, Rice baseball
"I think anytime you are trying to get an edge over an opponent you'll have people who step over the line. That being said, I don't think it is anywhere as prevalent on the college level as it is in professional sports, due to the monitoring methods. Our coaches and trainers do a great job educating us on the consequences. At the end of the day, hard work pays off."
-- Wesley Matthews, Marquette men's basketball
"Performance enhancing drugs are not a huge concern in women's Division I basketball, so the coaches and trainers don't really mention it much. I've heard about athletes on other teams who use them. From what I've heard, the results are not worth the side effects."
-- Nicky Anosike, Tennessee women's basketball