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Yes, I'm taking a few minutes away from new fatherhood to attend Richt's press conference and offer live updates as usual. We should start in a few minutes.
Meanwhile, here are some quick notes (new player weights!) from a first peek at the 105 released by UGA.
(Thanks to everyone for the well-wishes and prayers on the little girl. She's amazing. Been an awesome few days so far, though I can't exactly say I'm well-rested right now. I'll head back to the hospital after Richt's PC, but of course, Rusty is on hand today, and Seth will be helping as well with coverage throughout the first day of practice. It's looking like I'll be back full-go on Sunday)
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UGA is releasing everything on Kolton Houston's case today, per request of his family.
At least we'll finally know what the hell is going on.
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.
That's utter bullshit. I can't believe the NCAA in all their self-righteous hypocrisy would keep a kid down like this for something outside of his control. Just pure BS. They've got time to legislate morality in the Big 10, but not time to make an exception for a good kid who is getting the shaft.
"HOW BOUT THEM DAWGS"
We'll have much more on Houston up later today.
Meanwhile, one positive note from Richt ....
"This may be the first practice since I've been at Georgia that everyone can practice and no one is in a green jersey."
I can understand the NCAAs position on this. They don't monitor the kid and, while it might have been accidental, if they have evidence that this stuff shoudl be out of the system after a year and it's still not out after 2.5 years, then they have to concede the possibility that he might be taking something. (Not saying he is).
If the way to clear someone is a drug test, then they go by the results and, if it's still there, they have to assume something is up no matter how good a kid is.
Richt asked about replacing Crowell's talent ...
"You know what, these guys are pretty talented too."
"This will be a situation where our backs will get it done by committee."
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His surgery would have been documented. It would be extremely easy to check documentation and see how this happened, and if there was anyone at the NCAA who was actually interested in the welfare of student-athletes, they could have made a judgment called and declared him eligible. Instead, they're messing with this kid's future because of bureaucratic red tape.
F*** the NCAA. F*** every one of them.
Houston will stay on team and continue to practice until there is a resolution on his situation.
"He will practice with us. Then we'll just continue to work with him and hope he gets to the point where he's allowed to play again. We've not lost hope," Richt says.
Richt says he's not scaling back hitting in camp despite low roster numbers ...
"You've got to have some physicality in your camp or you prob won't be ready to tackle or block as well as you should. ... The days we're in full pads we'll tackle to the ground. We'll do a lot of scrimmaging."
But the surgery is not the issue anymore. The issue is 2.5 years later, a banned substance is STILL being detected so the NCAA can only conclude that a player is taking a banned substance no matter how good a kid is. We all know he probably isn't but the NCAA doesn't know that. And if they have facts that say the substance should be out of someone's system within a year or so, then the burden of proof is on Houston here.
It sucks but it is what it is. UGA needs to find out WHY that stuff hasn't gotten out of his system yet.
Maybe they did check the records. Maybe they even spoke with a doctor and he said it should not still be in his system. Maybe they are going off that. Maybe whatever it is that is in his system would give him an unfair advantage as most PEDs do. I just think that he should be cleared to play as soon as he is able to pass a Pee Pee test and not have to wait any longer. I'm sure this kid can't be dumb enough to still be taking it. But you never know these days. 2.5 years is a long time to have something in his system. I think the figure should have been pointed at the doctor they gave whatever this is to him. Just think of the damage this could cause his body in the long term
Richt says Houston has probably taken more drug tests that any player in college football. They're still waiting for substance level to drop to point he needs in order to play.
Ron Courson is going to address media about this later today, by the way (that's rare) ...
This was the lesson from 2010, imo.
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