Colorado Mesa University Cycling Coach Loses Job Over Doping Scandal
After initial allegations of a performance enhancing drug scandal surfaced involving CMU Cycling Coach Rick Crawford it seemed he'd get a 'second chance'. The school kept him on payroll with new oversight by a local professional cyclist, the team stuck by their coach and the USADA imposed sanctions. That chance seems to be over for the now former CMU cycling coach.
It sounded like it was over and everyone was moving on after accusations surfaced that Colorado Mesa University's Cycling Coach provided pro-cyclists with performance enhancing drugs. After those allegations a third cyclist came forward with similar claims, now the school has let the cycling team coach go.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency demanded community service and reprimanded the now former cycling coach for helping pro-cyclists Levi Leipheimer and Kirk O'Bee 'get the edge' between 1999 and 2001. CMU said he could keep his job with new oversight from Scott Mercier, a local former pro-cyclist.
That plan has changed after another cyclist came forward after the initial story surfaced saying he was also provided performance enhancing drugs by Crawford. Crawford has coached several pro-cyclists including Lance Armstrong, who has his own doping allegations surrounding his reputation.