Jacksboro, Campbell County (WVLT) - In the weight room over the summer, and in practice during the season, hundreds of Tennessee high school football players are looking for that extra edge come game-time Friday night.
But as Volunteer TV's Gordon Boyd explains, Campbell County administrators are concerned some players' parents may not know exactly how their sons are getting it.
The superintendent says as far as she knows, it's not anything illegal., but should training supplements be considered medicine? And if so, did players and coach break school rules?
Campbell County's Cougars hope their homecoming game against Bearden Friday night will better their 2-4 record.
But its locker room will be missing some help, players apparently have used for several seasons.
"Mr. Seal the principal, found the nutritional supplements, over the counter supplements," says Dr. Judy Blevins, Campbell County Superintendent.
Mostly powders for protein shakes, says Superintendent Doctor Judy Blevins.
But in a letter to players' parents Wednesday, she tells them those supplements included some muscle and stamina builders, "not recommended for those under the age of 18".
"As far as I know, none of these products were brought by the coach, supplied by the coach, or any of the coaching staff," says Dr. Blevins.
"Was he aware they were taking them," Boyd asks the superintendent.
"Coach was aware the students were drinking protein drinks," she replies.
We've been unable to reach Coach Duane Wells for comment, but the superintendent says he told her he didn't know he needed parents' written permission for their sons to have those supplements on schools grounds.
Campbell County's policy, in effect even before Wells signed on six years ago, states any kind of medication brought to school has to list the ingredients, have a child's name on the container and must be kept in the principals office. No exceptions.
"Anything that a student ingests, someone must administer, dispense and be trained to do that, therefore Coach Wells made the decision not to send a parental permission slip home. And not to even allow the products back on campus," says Dr. Blevins.
The TSSAA, Tennessee's Secondary School Athletic Association, has no rules governing use of legal, over the counter training supplements.
But it does issue all its members schools videos such as these regarding steroids.
From now on, Superintendent Doctor Judy Blevins says all Campbell County's Highs athletes will get similar lessons.
Beyond that, "There are no plans to remove Duane Wells as Head Coach," says Blevins.
"He is in no danger of losing his job?" Boyd asks.
"He is in no danger of losing his job as Head Coach," Blevins reiterates.
The superintendent says she gave parents and players the chance to claim their supplements seized.
None did, so they were destroyed.
She also says no parent or player has complained of any side effects.
But one parent, who wishes to remain anonymous, is saying her son has suffered kidney trouble.
Kidney trouble is one side effect for over-use of the muscle-builder Creatine, among the supplements found in Campbell County's Football Fieldhouse.