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Have received word from UGA spokesman Claude Felton that Kolton Houston is "currently not with the team" at Georgia, confirming Seth's earlier report.
SEE UPDATE BELOW ON THIS ...
This post has been edited 4 times, most recently by Gentry Estes 17 months ago
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Now having said this ...
This bit of news isn't terribly significant and here's why: Houston has the option of returning to the team on a moment's notice should he pass a drug test and meet NCAA standards. Until that happens, NCAA rules dictate that a player in his situation must count against the 85-man scholarship limit anyway, so officially, he's still on the team -- whether he's actually practicing with the team or not. Because of this, it really doesn't matter if he's "on the team" on a daily basis. He HAS to be on the team. This was already being explained by the end of last season anyway, when Houston was not practicing regularly.
You feel for the kid, though. It makes some sense that Houston would grow weary of his situation and not want to put in the time and effort for offseason workouts and practices when there is no guarantee he'll ever be allowed to play. And you could see why coaches would give him a pass on that sort of thing. It also makes no sense for him to transfer, though, because he wouldn't be eligible anywhere else either.
So in other words, because of this being written as a story you're probably going to hear a lot about him not being "on the team," but until he actually drops out of school (doesn't look like that is happening), it doesn't really mean anything.
His status as it pertains to a possible return to football -- should he ever pass a test -- hasn't changed as far as we know.
UPDATE: 11:38 a.m.
UGA just released this statement (posted below as well), which validates what I've been saying ...
Kolton is currently not working out with the team which is the same as has been the case since his NCAA eligibility has been in question. But his status is the same as last fall. He's still on scholarship and work still being done to restore his eligibility as has been the case the last 2-3 years.
This post has been edited 9 times, most recently by Gentry Estes 17 months ago
Gentry, that doesn't make much sense.
Houston HAS to be on the team as long as he has a scholarship.
He could get kicked off the team, not be on scholarship, and not count toward the 85. He could transfer to another school and not count to the 85.
What he cannot be is on scholarship at UGA (via a medical scholarship) and not counted against the 85.
I really feel for this young man. To have your dream of playing D1 football and making it to the pro's someday end because of a drug administered by those who are helping you return from an injury, it is just sad. To have never played a single snap in the red and black in front of the 90K+ fans just is not fair. I will always think of him as a DGD!!
This post was edited by bassmaster67 17 months ago
We've been over this a lot on here ...
Here's the deal: He has to count toward the 85 if he is attending UGA on scholarship. The option isn't there to put him on medical to finish his academic career.
If he drops out of school (which I don't think he is) he wouldn't count, and I explained why transferring doesn't make sense. Could he pay his own way and not count? I think so. But that's not Mark Richt's style to ask the kid to do that.
Houston isn't currently working out with the team, but he hasn't been working out with the team since last season. It's not new. UGA didn't just announce this today. You had an enterprising reporter ask about it and write it.
That still doesn't mean Houston couldn't return as soon as he passes a test.
As long as he's technically counting toward the 85, he's still technically a part of the team and can do that.
This post was edited by Gentry Estes 17 months ago
I hear you, I'm just reasoning that him not being with the team 'could' mean he is no longer on scholarship. As long as he is on scholarship, he counts toward the 85. But he could come off of scholarship.
This could be important to the walkon scholarship players who will or will not have a spot on the 85 next season such as Hall, Sailors, McGowen, Harton.....
It is sad. But look, the saga isn't completely done yet just because of this news. That's my point.
While it doesn't look promising for him to ever make it on the field -- and he may just throw up his hands and said "To hell with it" (could you really blame him?) -- the fact he is not "currently with the team" alone doesn't mean his status has changed. He could still come back if he passes the test as long as he's still in school.
Now I truly don't think he'll ever play for Georgia, but I would have said that yesterday. The fact that we know he's not working out with the team doesn't change anything on that front.
Maybe im selfish but this kid is wasting a scholly. withdraw until you can pass the test. he will never play a down at this rate. its like a fraud enlistment
One more thing ...
I don't mean to give anyone false hope with what I'm saying. I do think it's very much a long shot that Houston ever plays for Georgia. No one should expect it to happen.
I just wanted to point out that most fans are going to write him off completely and assume that's it for his career over today's reports, and we can't say that for sure yet. Actually, nothing has really changed as far as I know it beyond this statement from Mark Richt late last season ...
“We're in a situation where whether he plays or doesn't play he is part of our 85 number. … We can't medically give him a DQ on this thing. He’s either going to make it or he’s not, but in the meantime, he counts on the 85. If he ever gets to the point where he reaches whatever threshold they are looking for and he still wants to play then we want him to play. It will be up to him.”
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Gentry Estes 17 months ago
Well according to Seth's article, Richt says as long as he is on the team he counts on our 85 but Seth clearly states he has left the team meaning that he does not count against our 85
Sorry, but that's just not accurate
Statement from UGA just now confirms what I've been saying ...
I would agree if the kid was at fault but he isn't. This is something that happened because of a surgery in high school. UGA doesn't operate that way and I am glad for it. We aren't even maxed out on scholarships anyways. So he isn't even hurting us. I for one am glad UGA has stuck by his side and hope he graduates from UGA on a full ride. The kid has been through enough as it is.
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If I was his family I would be getting a lawyer and suing the NCAA
So is this a medical issue with Houston? Is there medical reason why the drug is still in his system?
Nobody in there right mind would give up a free 80000.00 scholly for the good of the team unless his fam is just loaded and praise to CMR for honoring his commitment to Kolton
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