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Trouble at Texas
Last weekend two Texas newspapers linked University of Texas football players to the forgery and sale of prescriptions for anabolic steroids. According to the Austin American-Statesman , Tim Bruner, a powerlifter in Austin, alleged that in mid-October he purchased four prescriptions (for $100 each) for anabolic steroids from a friend who told Bruner that he got them from two Texas football players.
The doctor's name on the scrips was David L. Hubler. Bruner noticed, though, that the doctor's signature was different on each scrip. In fact, the doctor in question is L. David Hubler, an orthopedic surgeon whose office address is in Duncanville, a suburb of Dallas, and not Dallas as the phony prescription indicated. And the phone number on the prescriptions was for Hubler's home, not his office. Hubler told SI that "someone must have printed up a prescription pad with information from the phone book. I don't know why they picked me."
The allegations by the American-Statesman and a story recounting some of the same charges in The Dallas Morning News came in the wake of the arrest on Feb. 21 of Brent Beauchamp, a walk-on quarterback and punter for the Longhorns. Beauchamp was arrested at a pharmacy in South Austin and charged with obtaining drugs by fraud. He had allegedly tried to fill a prescription for testosterone—an anabolic steroid—using a form with "David L. Hubler" printed on it.
A source close to the Texas football team who has knowledge of the phony prescription operation told SI that two members of the team were forging the forms. The source charged that Beauchamp, who could not be reached for comment, was "the only [ Texas player] to have trouble trying to fill a scrip. The other guys never had any trouble filling scrips." When asked how many of the Texas players were buying and filling the fake prescriptions, the source said, "As many as could get their hands on one."
Out of Hibernation
It was a round that came out of the blue and out of the past. Last Friday at the Doral Open, 51-year-old Jack Nicklaus shot a 63, one stroke off the course record, for what he called his best competitive round since the 1980 U.S. Open. Nicklaus, who hasn't won an event on the regular Tour since the '86 Masters, said, "I surprised myself... and everybody else in the field."
The 63 left him only one back of second-round leader Kenny Perry. Nicklaus has almost always played well at Doral; he has won the tournament twice and finished second five times since his first appearance in it in 1962. But there was a little more to the Golden Bear's revival A than just the friendly surroundings. After missing the cut at the recent Pebble Beach event, he returned home, and, he said, "I discovered something in my swing." He also played golf every day for the three weeks before Doral, losing 10 pounds and regaining his concentration. "My feeling is I still have some golf left in me," he said. "And when I spend time working at it, I've gotten results. My biggest problem is I don't have time to work at it."
His comeback seemed just a tease on Saturday when Nicklaus played the last six holes at four over par en route to a 75. "Aw, Jack," yelled one fan in the huge throng that was following Nicklaus. "We were hoping for you." Most everybody else thought that the Bear was through for the tournament.
But in the rain and howling winds on Sunday, Nicklaus climbed back into contention, pulling to within two strokes of the leaders after 13 holes, which is when play was suspended until the next day because of the weather. "Jack, you're the greatest," yelled someone in the gallery as he walked off.