Troy athletic director John Hartwell said on Thursday that the school would test all athletes for drugs after a series of deaths and arrests have hit the university.
All athletes at Troy university will be tested within the next 30 days.
“I told them this is a time where certainly there are some people in this room hurting,” Hartwell said.
Troy will also increase the frequency of drug tests in the future after four students have died in off-campus incidents over the holiday break.
Troy football player Jadarius Garner was found dead on Jan. 2 after being struck by a vehicle. Former Trojans football player Dimitri Miles is charged with murder in connection to a shooting in Troy while 2013 signee Taylor Diggers has been changed with the manslaugther of another student.
“I said we’ve got to take every precaution that we can to protect any further loss from our family, the Troy family,” Hartwell said. “The intertwining thing, without getting into the details of any case, is clearly you had weapons involved, you had alcohol and/or drugs and you had late-night incidents.”