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The Truth on Tavita

The Portland Tribune Reveals the truth regarding Tavita Thompson's removal from the depth chart after the Cal game:

The truth on offensive tackle Tavita Thompson, who was suspended for the second half of the 2007 season: He flunked a random drug test and was determined to have used a performance enhancer, which calls for a one-year penalty.

Thompson claims it was a false positive. Oregon State has filed an appeal with the NCAA and hopes to regain his eligibility in time for spring ball.

If not, Thompson - who missed the Beavers' last six games - wouldn't be eligible to return until a Nov. 1 game against Arizona State.

So there you have it.