Did Major miss test?

One day after The Tennessean reported that Vol basketball player Major Wingate was suspended for failing a drug test, The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports he was suspended for missing a drug test.

The Tennessean reported on Tuesday that Wingate tested positive for marijuana. But the News-Sentinel, citing an unnamed source close to the program, reported in Wednesday's editions that Wingate did not show for a scheduled drug test. The university treats missing a test the same as failing one, leading to Wingate's suspension.

Whether Wingate failed the test or failed to take it, he will remain suspended from practicing or lifting weights with his teammates until further notice. He may, however, participate in pick-up games at Thompson-Boling Arena. The 6-10, 250-pounder could be reinstated in time for the 2006-07 season if he completes some community service requirements and passes future drug tests.

Wingate is the fourth player suspended by head coach Bruce Pearl in the past nine months. Jemere Hendrix was suspended following his arrest on a marijuana possession charge last August, then dismissed a month later following an unrelated incident. Transfer Tony Passley and walk-on Jordan Smith were suspended following their arrest on drug charges in March. Both are scheduled to appear in court next week.


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