Ex-world record holder tested postive for 'roids in '90

Updated: June 8, 2005, 6:33 PM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Olympic gold medalist and former world record holder Butch Reynolds is joining Ohio State's football staff to help with strength and conditioning.

Reynolds, a native of Akron, starts his new position on Monday.

A 1991 graduate of Ohio State, Reynolds set the world record in the 400 meters with a time of 43.29 seconds in 1988 at the Zurich Grand Prix. He won a gold medal in the 1,600-meter relay and a silver in the 400 at the 1988 Olympics.

In 1990, Reynolds tested positive for the steroid nandrolone and was banned from the sport for two years.

Football coach Jim Tressel said Reynolds' primary responsibility will be making the Buckeyes faster.

"More and more in college football, speed is the element that separates the good teams from the great teams," Tressel said in a statement. "We have good speed on this team. I believe Butch can help us become a team with great speed."

Reynolds served as an assistant track coach at Ohio State from 1996 to 1998 and was inducted into the school's athletic hall of fame in 1995.

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