Gov. Pat Quinn last week signed legislation that should mean hundreds more prep athletes will be tested for steroids each year across Illinois.
The new anti-doping measure calls for more than 1,000 student-athletes to be tested, an increase of about 300. Fewer than a dozen reportedly tested positive during the first year of the IHSA program, and all were granted medical exemptions.
Naperville Central football coach Mike Stine said, "I don't think (it's) a big deterrent. The chances of kids getting caught aren't great right now. You know 256 teams make the playoffs and it's not like, 'OK, we're now gonna go drug test half of them.' The percentage (is) pretty small."
With that in mind, what do you think of the steroid testing program in state high schools? Does the state need to test more student athletes to make a difference, or is this a deterrent? Should the state even be testing for steroids?