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Aug 15, 2014 4:33 PM by Matt SantaMaria

Oberhelman speaks on Sunday's alleged armed robbery

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Cal Poly Athletic Director Don Oberhelman shared the sentiments of most around the University upon hearing the news that five football players were allegedly involved in an armed robbery early Sunday morning.

"I was really mad at the circumstances, I was really mad at the young men who perpetrated the incident," said Oberhelman. "We don't know all of the facts yet, but at any rate it wasn't a good situation."

The University has already announced that they plan to expand drug testing on student-athletes, including the football team. Police haven't confirmed that drugs played a role in Sunday's alleged robbery, but Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong voiced concern in a statement earlier this week about the similarities between Sunday's incident and a 2013 incident involving former Cal Poly student-athlete Geoffrey Hyde, who was shot in an alleged drug deal gone bad last November.

"I don't think it's an overreaction at all," said Oberhelman. "I think it's a measured response to a second incident."

Oberhelman says the new testing will cost the University around $10,000 and will include other athletic teams at Cal Poly, not just the football program.

"This is something that we have to do for our program and our community demands that we get to the bottom of this and that's exactly what we're going to do."

For Oberhelman's complete interview, including how much responsibility he thinks falls on the coaching staff, tune into KSBY at 6:00 PM.

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