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UW-Stout athletic director steps down; 5 football players test positive

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UW-Stout athletic director steps down; 5 football players test positive
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Steve Terry, University of Wisconsin-Stout athletic director resigned Thursday, in the wake of drug charges against five football players.

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He said Chancellor Charles Sorenson asked him to step down, but he said the athletic department did the right thing by adopting a strict drug-testing policy, and suspending players when they break it.

Terry will stay with the school as an associate professor in physical education.

Football coach Todd Strop resigned in January after two players were charged with possessing cocaine and marijuana.

Two more players were charged last month with delivering cocaine and another was charged in April with possessing drug paraphernalia.

Meanwhile, the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram filed a request for drug test results on 58 football players.

Sorenson said five players tested positive for marijuana and one for amphetamines and of 16 players tested randomly for steroids, none were positive.

Last fall, UW Stout agreed to be part of an NCAA pilot program for monitoring drug use by athletes in Division 3.

Sorenson says his school will keep addressing the problem.

"We don't want to be an embarrassment, and we're not going to be," said Sorenson.

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