The curious case of Kolton Houston

Yep, he’s still in limbo.

Kolton Houston manned right tackle at the end of spring after not playing last season due to an unspecified NCAA issue. Richt couldn’t say earlier this month if Houston will be available.

“I wish had an answer for that,” Richt said. “I still don’t know the answer on whether he’ll be eligible.”

Hey, I’ve got a thought for the NCAA.  If Georgia hires someone to conduct an independent investigation, the investigator produces a report that clears Houston and the school stands behind the report, can he play?  Just sayin’, guys.  Wars have been fought and lost in less time.


Filed under Georgia Football, The NCAA

31 responses to “The curious case of Kolton Houston

  1. Scorpio Jones, III

    A great suggestion, I will communicate with the appropriate parties, nominating you and I to do the report, I have no doubt that will rattle the NCAA’s cage. (I don’t work for Louie Freeh, but I did stay at a….)

    Seriously, I do wish someone would explain the mystery with Houston, I have a personal reason for this, but this must be something really hinky if no one can comment on anything about anything to do with Houston. He worked out with the team in the spring, was this not an indication his situation had been resolved?

  2. ChicagoDawg

    Right, the Freeh Report, or a similar sactioned 3rd party is definately a bad idea. We need more of the NCAA investative excellence. Timely, coherent, transparent and trustworthy. Good times.

    • gastr1

      Yeah, the irony is that the Senator suggestion would be vastly preferable to the NCAA doing things on its own, as the Houston situation yet again suggests.

  3. Scott W.

    I said the law is powerless to *help* you, not punish you.
    -Chief Wiggum

    • it’s scary how much truth and wisdom is produced by the Simpsons. Or is that truth and wisdom “are” produced by the Simpsons. Me fluke English that’s unpossible……Bart

  4. NCAA can do some GRAND STANDING with PENN State but cannot resolve a problem of one athlete. It is just a shameless organization. Just another commie type in the name of order in athletics.

  5. Nahila

    Really, the resolution of whatever his case is taking way too long. Any infraction must have taken place after he was admitted to UGA otherwise he would have been red flagged and refused admittance. This extended time period of suspension is unfair to the student athlete as well as to the football team. It really is amazing that the”secret ” has been kept for this long as to what caused the suspension hold in the first place. Our imagination runs the gauntlet from minuscule to dreadful and Kolston is being followed by this black cloud of suspicion which must be weighing his spirits down. So NCAA do your job and reach a conclusion as you have already achieved your goal of administering punishment so allow this young athlete to get on with his life and his promising football career.

  6. FisheriesDawg

    On the bright side, maybe this investigation will eventually result in a mandatory reduction in the number of scholarships that Buford High School can offer out-of-district players over the next few years. Perhaps even a forced reduction in their recruiting budget?

  7. W Cobb Dawg

    Whatever happened to the guy we hired to help Jarvis Jones? Throw him a few bucks out of our millions and get Houston’s problem hashed out. I really can’t stomach this kind of bs that we are powerless to effect action. I say go ahead and play the kid if ncaa bureaucrats can’t conclude this issue by game day. As dean of sec fb coaches CMR should have some clout. Use it.

  8. Greg

    My concern is as much or more with UGA as the NCAA. Why make the guy an integral part of our OL and take practice reps away from others who we know will be eligible? If this was a simple issue and Houston hadn’t done something wrong, I’m sure Richt and others would be angry at this point. Instead, we are 30 days from the first game and hoping something gets done at the last minute so the guy can play. I don’t see any reason to be optimistic about it at this point.

    • Cojones

      Agreed. If his offense can take this long to adjudicate, I fear the case is already lost. What could ever take two years for compliance checks and kept as a mystery to us all? Can’t even guess what the offense or problem is, but possibly we could account for this time n appeals. This situation does Kolton no good in his life. Since there seems to be nothing in the legal system with his name on it (or is there?) it may be best to stop wasting his and our time with something that will never take place.

      I would imagine that Glazier has been on this for many months.

      What the hell is going on here? Is it a lack of decision on our or the NCAA’s part? If it’s secretive such as to keep it close to the vest for two years, a decision might already have been made.

    • AJ Green

      It’s not like the NCAA has done us any favors in the past. Just sayin.’

  9. OrlandoDawg

    It would instill a little more confidence in the fanbase if the coach and administration would at least give the impression they are rattling the NCAA’s cage rather than sitting idly by staring at the phone.

    • Dog in Fla

      Depiction of what a day at the office it looks like when the Butt-Mehre – NCAA Hotline phone is in close proximity to a goat

  10. Macallanlover

    It is surprising nothing has leaked on this matter at this point so it must involve something that is confidential, such as a screw-up with some academic record. The NCAA should look at this as a “booth review” situation and rule him eligible barring clear, and indisputable evidence of wrong-doing. Close calls should go to the student if they are meeting all other requirements for eligibility. I agree with OrlandoDawg someone should demand an immediate decision, the clock has been ticking on this for a long time. Of all schools to not get the benefit of the doubt UGA, which enforces infractions that 90% of the other schools turn away from, and who suffered a ridiculous, out of balance 4 game penalty for AJ two years ago, should get the close ones.

    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      My, my. Yesterday you were praising the NCAA for doling out punishment to Penn State. Today you are criticizing them for failure to act on Kolton Houston. Lost faith in the NCAA overnight, Mac? They are the same POS scumbags that they have been all along.

      • Macallanlover

        Wow, is that how you interpret inconsistency Mayor? One cannot distinguish between right and wrong? How does the PSU decision relate to this? Perhaps that is why this country is so polarized, you have to be all left, or all right. The old “even a broken clock” saying is appropriate here. I f you have seen my posts in recent days I stated clearly that getting the PSU situation right didn’t mean I have total confidence in the leadership but felt that it could be a good start to asserting the consistent control needed. Praise what is right, rip what is wrong, and demand more of the former. That has always been my approach, I even agree with you on several issues.

        • Mayor of Dawgtown

          Tongue in cheek, Mac. My real point was, and is, the NCAA assholes “are still the same POS scumbags that they have been all along.” This Houston thing just shows I’m right.

          • Macallanlover

            Hard to say, we just don’t have enough information to say that. But I still think if it is a close call/gray area thangy it should Houston’s way, and there is no excuse in dragging it out any further.

  11. adam

    I don’t see a lot of rumours on this site (that’s a good thing), but there’s definitely a rumour on the majority of Dawg blogs and message boards about this situation.

    Supposedly Houston failed a test for PEDs last August. That automatically made him ineligible for 1 calendar year. So, the rumour is that he has to pass a test in August to get reinstated, but that currently there’s nothing they can do. It makes sense with the timing, the coaches believing he’ll play, the secrecy, etc.

    If there’s any truth to it, we’ll know in the next couple weeks.

    • AthensHomerDawg

      I heard much the same thing.
      The NCAA has two drug-testing programs, both of which are administered by the National Center for Drug Free Sport, which also conducts testing in the NFL and NBA. One test is for football bowl games and championship events, such as the Final Four and Frozen Four. Any athlete testing positive for PEDs or recreational drugs in this test faces a mandatory one-year suspension. The other test is conducted year-round but does not screen for marijuana. In total, of the more than 400,000 athletes, about 0.6 percent will be tested for pot by the NCAA. “If they tested for pot at every random test, we’d see more suspensions,” says one FBS compliance officer.

      • Scorpio Jones, III

        Houston is a rising junior, right? So he played as a freshman, then sat down for a year, so I guess that may mean the PED test, if that is the problem, and I certainly have no proof that it is, would have been at, like a bowl game or something?

        • AthensHomerDawg

          That’s my guess.

        • Cojones

          He was probably trying to make the “eye test” that so many wanted without regard as to what made many from other teams pass that test. It ain’t all S&C.

    • IveyLeaguer

      Richt’s statement, and the handling of the whole thing by Georgia, fits that perfectly.

  12. AthensHomerDawg

    So Senator was the title of your post a play on Mr. Buttons?
    “We are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss”

  13. Rg

    I’m personally sick of hearing about this. S*hit or get off the pot.