Even as it garners exponentially more attention, it’s not just players from Power-Five conferences who find themselves facing very serious and significant off-field legal issues.
Case in point? Bowling Green’s William Houston, who the Toledo Blade reports was charged with attempted rape following an incident over the weekend. Houston was arrested at his on-campus residence later in the day after the alleged victim called police.
From the Blade:
Bowling Green police Lt. Brad Biller said officers were called to a home in the 200 block of Manville Drive at 5:03 a.m. Sunday. The victim told police she had been at the Manville address for a party and fell asleep. She awoke when a man “tried to force himself on her,” according to a police report. The victim told police she did not know the man, and she fled after she woke up.
The victim returned to the Manville address where she met and talked to police. People at the home identified the suspect as Mr. Houston, a sophomore running back on the football team.
As for Houston’s status with the team, a school spokesperson would only state that “[w]e are waiting for more details. We’re anticipating more details to come out of it in the next few days. It’s pretty early in the process.”
Despite carrying the ball just 49 times as a true freshman last season, Houston, who played in all 14 games, tied for the team lead with 11 rushing touchdowns. In his first-ever college game, Houston scored three touchdowns against Tulsa.
He was expected to be a bigger piece of the Falcons’ offensive puzzle in 2014.