The NCAA has said it will rule on whether players can be suspended or fined for using performance-enhancing drugs, and a few of its members, including Oklahoma State and Georgia, are in the final stages of drafting a rule.
However, the NCAA’s chairwoman and president, Amy Gutmann, has not yet made a final decision.
She said last month that the league’s board of governors would hold a meeting to discuss the issue, but there was no mention of whether the board would recommend any penalties or sanctions.
There has been speculation that the NCAA would not rule on steroid use until after the NCAA football season ends.
The NCAA, which began in 1960, is the world’s largest governing body for collegiate athletics, with nearly 3,000 member schools.
The NCAA has not received any public comments on the matter and will not respond to questions about the issue.
In a news conference last month, Gutmann said that she wanted the NCAA to act on the issue of steroid use because she believes that athletes are more vulnerable to drugs and because of the influence that drugs can have on society and athletes.
She said that the use is a big problem, but that the answer is to educate players, because athletes need to be educated about the dangers.
Gutmann said she wants the NCAA board to vote on the question of whether athletes can be fined or suspended for using steroids and said she expects that it will do so.
“I want it to be done, because I believe athletes need that information, and I think that the information needs to be out there and we need to make it available to them,” she said.
“I don’t think there should be a blanket prohibition of steroids, and as long as athletes know what they’re doing and have the right information and are getting that information and taking it seriously, I think it’s going to be a good thing for the country.”
The NCAA had a rule in place for two years that allowed players to use steroids.
But it has been used only sparingly in the past two years, with only one member school suspending players for using the banned substances in the fall of 2011.
Guttmann said at the news conference that she wants to make sure that athletes know about the potential for drugs.
She noted that the last two years have seen an increase in players using performance enhancing drugs and that some of them have been suspended.
“We are in a world that is more and more addicted to performance enhancing substances and the risk of this kind of use in a sport like athletics is huge,” she told reporters.
“And so I think we need more information on the risks of these substances and also we need better information on how they work and the effectiveness of the substances that are being used.”
Gutman said she has been trying to educate the nation about the risks posed by these drugs.
The NCAA board is expected to vote next month on whether to recommend that all Division I athletic programs use a new drug test, which would require the use to the players of a new card with a special device, which can detect the presence of performance-inhibiting substances.
The board would then vote on whether that recommendation should be made to the NCAA president.