CMU's Rick Crawford admits part in doping scandal

By: Phil Stafford Email
By: Phil Stafford Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- Rick Crawford says he can finally sleep well at night.

In October, Crawford confessed that he had been a part of a doping program that involved professional cyclists from the years 1999-2001.

As the head coach of the Mavericks cycling program, Crawford first told Colorado Mesa University officials. Then he voluntarily admitted his guilt to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

"I needed out from under [the lies]," confessed Crawford, "and the opportunity was there."

The University released the news on Wednesday that CMU will not discipline Crawford for his prior involvement with doping, and neither will the USADA.

Rather, Crawford will provide 500 hours of community service over the next five years by helping the efforts of USADA by educating against the use of performance enhancing drugs.

CMU's head coach also signed an agreement with the anti-doping agency stating that should he violate another anti-doping rule, he will face much harsher penalties.

Crawford called the experience 'very cleansing'.

"I'm not the only one," he added. "There are a lot of people now that are tied of living with the lies.

"Our sport is cleansing and I'm cleansing along with it," remarked Crawford.

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