Story by Matt Smith

Clemson’s appeal to the NCAA regarding the season-long suspensions of football players Braden Galloway and Zach Giella has been denied. Prior to last season’s College Football Playoff, Galloway, Giella and Dexter Lawrence tested positive for the banned substance ostarine.

As a result of the positive tests and subsequent denial, both Galloway and Giella will miss the upcoming regular season. It is not immediately clear if the players can return to action if Clemson again competes in the College Football Playoff. Lawrence has since moved on to the New York Giants.

Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich has maintained the suspended players did not knowingly ingest banned substances.

Galloway was expected to compete for the starting job at tight end after playing in 12 games last season. Giella would have likely served as a reserve along the offensive line.

Clemson released a statement upon learning of the NCAA’s decision, reading in part, “We are disappointed in the results of the appeal and continue to believe our student-athletes did not knowingly ingest any banned substances.”

Clemson’s statement also directed further inquiries to the players’ representation, attorney Robert M. Ariail.

Dan Radakovich was recently interviewed on the SportsTalk Radio Network, but the Clemson athletic director would not comment on the appeal.