Oregon’s Carrington ruled ineligible for National Championship

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Oregon bettors received some unfortunate news Saturday, as Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich announced wide receiver Darren Carrington will not play in Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship game against Ohio State.

It was reported by multiple media outlets the reason that Carrington will not be on the field was due to a failed drug test due to the use of marijuana, but Helfrich would not disclose a reason, simply stating that the freshman is ineligible.

“It will not be a distraction,” Helfrich told reporters Saturday. “It’s a great thing to talk about and the only thing that I’ll talk about from that standpoint is confirm that it’s an NCAA policy that is in play here and he’s ineligible for this game, and we’ll ride.”

Carrington – the Ducks’ second-leading receiver – had 37 catches for 704 yards and four touchdowns this season where he became one of reigning Heisman winner Marcus Mariota’s favorite targets.

“It’s tough,” said Mariota. “[Carrington] is a big playmaker for us. Next guy up.”

After opening Oregon as 7-point faves, steady money on the Buckeyes has dropped that number to -5.5 at most books. At the time of writing, the majority of shops had the total sitting at 74.5.

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