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UGA is releasing all info on Houston's situation today. He is still ineligible as of right now.
Per Richt, Houston had shoulder surgery prior to coming to UGA and was "unknowingly" given a banned substance.
Houston tested positive for that substance. Per NCAA rules, had to miss a year of competition.
"Over time, you assume this substance would leave your body," RIcht said.
"Well, we've been waiting for that moment, and it hasn't come. It's been 2 1/2 years and this thing has not, for whatever reason, gotten out of there."
Richt: "We're 100 percent certain he's not continued to take this thing, but it's just never gotten far enough out of his system for him to be declared eligible to play."
UGA preparing as if Houston won't be able to play, Richt says,
Dantzler now at right tackle and Theus backing him up as of right now, per Richt.
"I guess that's what it means as far as what our depth chart will look like right now," Richt said.
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WTF? What is this substance? 2 1/2 years?!!!
"HOW BOUT THEM DAWGS"
UGA just handed reporters an entire packet full of pages and documentation on Houston's situation. Seth will be able to dig into this more throughout the day.
A few quick things ...
-- Houston's initial test was on April 13, 2010
UGA appealed on five different occasions, including Dec. 12, 2011 and June 15, 2012.
Ron Courson sent a letter to McGarity on July 9, 2012 saying, "There are inherent flaws in the current NCAA drug testing program, which have been raised many times before by sports medicine professionals but never addressed adequately by the NCAA."
More from Courson letter ...
"This is an extremely unique and complex case. There has never been another case with the level of documented laboratory testing of anabolic steroid tapering in a student-athlete. The testing clearly demonstrates that there has been no re-use over the past two and a half years. This fact has been recognized by the NCAA drug testing committee and upheld on two separate appeal cases. We have continued to track Mr. Houston's levels, which lowered initially, but have plateaued over the past year. We have exhausted every conceivable means at our disposal to identify why his test values will not drop the threshold level. Despite multiple physician, biochemist and toxicologist consultations, as well as multiple laboratory panels, we do not have a scientific explanation for this."
"... After trying to work together with NCAA representatives over the past two and a half years with this case, it appears that the NCAA is only interested in hearing what I think when it serves their purpose and needs. Otherwise, I am summarily dismissed.
"The most distressing aspect of this case is the appearance that no one at the NCAA actually cares enough about this case to truly look at it in an objective manner. We can clearly show with science that there has been no further drug use over a two and a half year period. We can show there is no performance enhancing benefit. ... We are chasing an arbitrary threshold number that he is unable to metabolize to, yet no one, from the drug testing committee to Drug Free Sport to NCAA administrators and attorneys wants to hear any objective data supporting this."
Courson states that there was a conference call on July 2, 2011 with legal team and NCAA attorneys, during which "We were told quite bluntly that his appeal process was over. It appears that his only recourse is legal action."
Life's tough, but it is tougher if you're stupid.
Sounds like we're not exactly accepting the NCAA's decision here.
What recourse do we have?
Houston tested positive for 19-norandrosterone on April 13, 2010
What's this you say? ANOTHER UGA player getting hosed by the NCAA? That never happens.....
************ this enrages me so much. Those sons of bitches.
McGarity sent a letter to NCAA president Mark Emmert on July 12, 2012 that reads ...
"There is no scientific evident that clearly demonstrates that there has been no re-use over the past 2 1/2 years.
"While we have fought for Mr. Houston's restoration of eligibility through every imaginable NCAA process available without any success, we still maintain our effort to see this through to the very end."
McGarity: "We respectfully request the restoration of eligibility for Mr. Houston in light of these circumstances, and in the end, we will respect any decision rendered."
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