Longhorns pitcher Corey Knebel was suspended Friday because he willingly substituted his urine sample to protect a teammate from failing a drug test, a source with knowledge of the situation told the American-Statesman.
Knebel, an All-America closer, was suspended for this past weekend’s Texas-Kansas State series for a violation of team rules. It was his second suspension of the season.
Knebel agreed to let the teammate use his sample to avoid detection for having taken Adderall, an amphetamine that’s used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, the source said. Adderall is on the NCAA’s banned list of substances.
Knebel “was trying to help out a friend,” the source said.
On Sunday, a team spokesman said that Cameron Cox, a sophomore pitcher, has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of an unspecified team rule. Knebel’s suspension was only for the Kansas State series.
Neither Longhorns coach Augie Garrido nor Knebel returned messages from the American-Statesman on Sunday.
A request to interview Cox on Sunday was denied by a team spokesman.
Knebel, who needs five saves to tie former Longhorns All-American Huston Street for both the school and Big 12 record for career saves, also was suspended for two games in mid-April during the Kansas series. School officials at the time said the suspension was for violating team rules, but Knebel later told the American-Statesman that he had been suspended for an argument he had with Longhorns pitching coach Skip Johnson.
Knebel, a junior from Georgetown, has eight saves this season, with a 3-3 record and a 2.68 earned-run average.
Cox, a sophomore from Stony Point High School, has appeared in nine games this season and has a 2-1 record with a 4.61 ERA.