Grier was suspended in mid-October, six games into the season, for testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug. The suspension is one calendar year and Grier was hoping to have it reduced. He will be suspended for the first six games of next season, including four SEC games. The earliest he would be able to return is Oct. 15 against Missouri.
Grier said he took an over-the-counter supplement without getting approval from the Florida athletic training staff.
Despite the contriteness from Grier, the NCAA does not consider a player’s character as a part of the appeal process.
Florida (9-1, 7-1 SEC) has already clinched the SEC east and a spot in the conference title game. The Gators host Florida Atlantic on Saturday before finishing out the season at home against in-state rivals Florida State on Nov. 28.