COLUMBIA, S.C., MARCH 1 -- Bob Marcum, athletic director at the University of South Carolina, was fired today as a result of findings of a task force investigating drug testing of athletes at the school.
Team physician Dr. Paul Akers also has been relieved of his duties and "termination proceeding are being instituted," university president James Holderman said at a news conference.
The five-member task force, appointed by Holderman recently, found that no random drug testing of athletes had been done since the spring of 1986.
Holderman also said the task force found at least one player who tested positive for drugs three times but was not discharged. Under the school's present drug testing program, an athlete testing positive three times for drugs is to be kicked off the team.
Holderman has appointed Johnny Gregory as special consultant to the president for athletic affairs. Gregory, in effect, will serve as interim athletic director until a new one is found.
Holderman said that Marcum and Akers "misrepresented" the drug testing program to him, other school officials and the public.
Asked if Marcum lied, Holderman said, "I don't know whether lie is appropriate." He did say that he had not been informed of the lack of testing.
Marcum was appointed athletic director by Holderman in January 1982 after serving in the same post at Kansas. Before that, Marcum served as associate athletic director at Iowa State.
Marcum, 51, is a native of West Virginia and a 1959 graduate of Marshall University, where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball.