Last week the college football world felt
mildly amused rocked that Ex-Michigan State Spartan Tony Mandarich came clean to admit steroids and narcotic use in college. Ohmygosh, The All-American Mandarich even faked a 1989 Rose Bowl urine test.
The Iowa Hawkeyes lost 13-16 to Mandarich's alma mater Saturday in East Lansing with neither team showing an impressive offensive pop, although Iowa's awesome running back Shonn Greene (right) out-performed MSU's Heisman candidate Jevon Ringer. (Iowa's passing offense could use an injection of something to wake it up)
The fact is that Iowa's offense during the Mandarich years was not anemic; however that was not due to steroids use according to the Iowa Sports Director. (Des Moines Register)
“I can tell you I knew of guys on more than half of the teams in the Big Ten that were taking it,” he said in an interview with the Detroit News. “At that time, it was no big deal. It was a part of life. It was accepted as long as you weren’t blatant about it.”
Iowa sports information director Phil Haddy said Mandarich’s generalization did not pertain to the Hawkeyes.
“I never heard of anything back then,” he said today. “Back then, I’m not so sure we even knew what steroids were.”
Mandarich talks about his steroid abuse in a yet-to-be-published book, “My Dirty Little Secret – Steroids, Alcohol and God – The Tony Mandarich Story.”
Mandarich played for Michigan State in the mid-1980s.
“This happened 20 years ago, I’m pointing the finger at myself,” Mandarich told the News.
Michigan State’s internal investigation in 1990 found no wrongdoing.
During Mandarich's junior and senior years -- when he was Big Ten lineman of the year -- MSU defeated Iowa in '87 and tied 10-10 in '88. Iowa went to the Holiday Bowl in '87 (10-3) and the Peach Bowl in '88 (6-4-3).
If the 300 pound Mandarich juiced for an advantage, then he and his Spartan teammates sure didn't have much over the Hayden Fry coached Hawkeyes (including All-American QB Chuck Long, now coach at San Diego State, photo at right) back then...juice or no juice.