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After three-year suspension, Georgia OL reinstated by NCAA

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Finally, Kolton Houston will get to play football for the Georgia Bulldogs.

The offensive lineman has been serving a suspension since 2010, his first year in Athens, because he tested positive for 19-Norandrosterone, a drug on the NCAA’s banned substance list. According to a previous report from the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Houston took the drug to aid in the healing of a shoulder injury while he was in high school in 2009 and had not taken it since. However, for some inexplicable reason, the drug continued to show up in testing and Houston continued to serve out a suspension.

In any case, Houston met the exit threshold following his most recent NCAA drug screening. The Bulldogs announced on Thursday that the lineman is officially good to go.

“This has been a long and very complex case and we have tried to be advocates for Kolton throughout this three-year process,” said UGA Senior Associate Athletic Director for Sports Medicine Ron Courson. “We would like to thank the NCAA staff, as well as the members of the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports, who assisted with this case. There are a number of medical professionals who played key roles in this appeal, from physicians to pharmacists to biomedical researchers to drug toxicologists. This was truly a team effort.”

Houston now has two years of eligibility remaining and could possibly be granted a third.

“The big thing is that we’re just really happy for Kolton,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “We’re thankful for all the work Ron Courson put in and for those who kept believing, but mostly we’re happy for him. We don’t want to put any pressure on him like now he’s got to be a star. The bottom line is, we’re happy he’ll be able to participate for Georgia. We’re glad it all worked out.”

And, as it just so happened, Houston received the news on his 22nd birthday. Best present ever?

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12 Responses to “After three-year suspension, Georgia OL reinstated by NCAA”
  1. irishdodger says: Jul 25, 2013 8:48 PM

    Regardless if you’re a fan of UGA, this is great news for a seemingly great kid. He was getting a raw deal through no fault of his own. Glad he’s getting a chance to realize his talent & be eligible to play for the Dawgs.

  2. mediocrebob says: Jul 25, 2013 8:55 PM

    Saw this story on ESPN. Good for this kid. Hope he gets everything he can out of his time.

  3. bigdinla says: Jul 25, 2013 8:57 PM

    Well after 3 years of steroid training he should be strong enough.

  4. historyofmatt says: Jul 25, 2013 9:10 PM

    Ben, the reason why the drug kept on showing up wasn’t “inexplicable.”

    Your phrasing insinuates that the only way it could be showing up in his system is he’s taking it on the sly.

    No, the reason why it kept showing up in his system is VERY explicable.

    In fact, in every story about Houston they explain how it could happen. Guys like Andy Staples and Mark Schlabach wrote about it multiple times.

    The doctor screwed up. Instead of injecting the legally prescribed drug into the muscle, where it was supposed to go to help deal with swelling and the pain, the doctor injected the shot into his fatty tissue.

    While the drug would’ve been metabolized out his muscle within months, well before his first season at Georgia, it does not metabolize well in the fatty tissue.

    In fact, it will always be in his tissue, and it will always show up on drug tests.

    And that’s what made this case such a crock. Emmert and the NCAA have screwed this kid for three years.

    They could’ve used common sense, they could’ve used a sense of fair play and listened to what every medical expert was telling them, look at how the kid was being tested multiple times a week while at Georgia with the drug in his system never ONCE increasing, and judged the case on its own merits.

    The NCAA approaches all cases like this as one size fits all, but it was not his fault. This was not some kid doing roids to try to get a college scholarship.

    The kid got injured in high school. The doctor said I’m giving you a shot. The doctor screwed up with the placement of the shot.

    And for this, the NCAA has ruined the kid’s life for three years.

    THIS is yet another example of why the NCAA has outlived its usefulness.

    The NCAA doesn’t care about the kids under its watch.

    The NCAA only cares about itself.

    And dude… enough with this “inexplicably” crap.

    It’s only inexplicable if you’re an idiot and too lazy to google Kolton Houston before writing a blog post about him.

  5. woebegong says: Jul 25, 2013 9:48 PM

    This young man was tested weekly for 3 straight years and finally, he is cleared to play. In light of the fact that the NCAA virtually turns it’s back on so many other things, one is left to wonder about the organization. I am very happy that he will finally be able to get on the field in an actual game. He sure knows the play book, and should be able to contribute right away for the bulldogs. He has had 3 years of practice and deserves the chance.

  6. thegamecocker says: Jul 25, 2013 10:11 PM

    Look, here is another positive for young Mr. Houston: when his days at UGa are over, and if he is any kind of student, he will have earned a Masters Degree and maybe be on his way to a Phd! I doubt he will be in the pros so I hope he makes lemonade out of lemons. Plus, the women at UGa are so beautiful, who would want to leave that college town….

  7. historyofmatt says: Jul 25, 2013 11:14 PM

    gamecocker…

    … I wouldn’t bet against him playing in the NFL.

    Not only was he a highly-sought-after recruit, by EVERYONE, he was the starting RT coming out of Spring Practice last year, because UGA incorrectly thought that Emmert and the NCAA would apply common sense to Houston’s case, and judge him fairly.

    They literally brought in many doctors and other expert witnesses to testify how the doctor who gave him the shot screwed up, and that there is no way the kid was taking roids as a PED…

    … but the Emmert and the NCAA looked at all of that evidence and basically said, “Bah… I scoff at your science!”

    Idiots. Not only idiots, but unempathetic idiots who spent three years doing everything they could to ruin this kid’s life, ruin his shot at the NFL.

    But now that he has 2, more than likely 3 years of eligibility left, not only will he be a fantastic edition to the the Dawgs’ O-line (no more Theus for Clowney to feast on this year!), I would not bet against him for getting to the NFL.

    Kid has character, the will to fight, and now he has the thing all great athletes need to reach greatness:

    A gigantic chip on his shoulder.

    Houston will be playing his heart and mind out, as the biggest “Eff-You!” to Emmert and the NCAA.

  8. michaeljacksonisback says: Jul 26, 2013 12:23 AM

    What a cheater. I bet he gets drafted by the Seattle cheathawks

  9. donth8thehorns says: Jul 26, 2013 2:42 AM

    Michseljsckson= your a douchebag! And your comment was so dumb, I think I’m actually stupider for reading it

  10. thegamecocker says: Jul 26, 2013 7:51 AM

    @historyofmatt

    No doubt the young man has character but my comment was based on the fact that he has not played in 3 years. You have far greater knowledge about Kolton than me, so I’ll take your word on how good he is. One thing for sure: the kid has a great name: KOLTON HOUSTON. A PR firm could do alot with a name like that as it is easily remembered. I do wish the him well and hope that he truly is a strong student in the event he does not make it to the pros. That way he could really “max out” the academic portion of his scholarship.

  11. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 26, 2013 9:48 AM

    historyofmatt says:
    Jul 25, 2013 11:14 PM

    … but the Emmert and the NCAA looked at all of that evidence and basically said, “Bah… I scoff at your science!”

    ________________________

    I hear that a lot from climate change critics.

  12. nicksabansanahole says: Jul 26, 2013 2:08 PM

    It’s about time. The NCAA is a joke. Those guys don’t know the difference between their a$$ and hole in the ground.

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