Georgia Football: Why Kolton Houston Should Be Eligible to Play for the Bulldogs

Brian JonesContributor IMay 16, 2013

Photo Credit: 247 Sports
Photo Credit: 247 Sports

Any Georgia Bulldog fan knows the story of offensive lineman Kolton Houston.

Because of his violation of NCAA rules, Houston has not played a single snap for the Bulldogs since joining the team in 2010.

When he first enrolled at UGA, Houston tested positive for anabolic steroids, which is something he used to recover from an injury he suffered his junior year in high school.

Both the Bulldogs and Houston have appealed the case to the NCAA, saying that Houston has never used steroids while at UGA, and that the steroid levels currently in his body are the result of a "medical phenomenon" that has seen remnants of the drug trapped in fatty tissue, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Houston recently explained his story on ESPN (see video segment below) and said that he has tried various treatments to get the steroids out of his system. None of the treatments have worked, but he still hopes he will suit up for the Bulldogs in the near future.

This sounds like a student athlete who wants to just do the one thing that he loves, which is playing football. And I think the NCAA should let Houston play in the near future.

One of the things that Houston mentioned during his interview on ESPN is that the level of steroids in his body was reduced from 260 nanograms per milliliter to four. The NCAA only allows athletes to have 2.5 ng/ml, but in this very unique case they should be more lenient and lift the suspension.

The interview on ESPN was the first time Houston has spoken publicly on the case. This is a smart move by him, even if the NCAA still doesn’t budge. Local media knows the story, but getting the story out to the rest of the country can only help Houston’s cause.

And if playing for the Bulldogs is something that he has dreamed about since he was four years old, Houston will continue to fight and get the rest of the steroids out of his body.  

Houston was expected to be a standout offensive lineman for the Bulldogs. In fact, he was in the running to be in the starting lineup last season before the NCAA ruled him ineligible.

The Bulldogs are doing fine without Houston, but at this point of his career, it’s about getting a chance to play for his dream school and not so much about being the next great UGA offensive lineman.

So should Houston be eligible to play for the Bulldogs? Absolutely, because he has done all the necessary things to prove to the NCAA that he is not taking steroids on a consistent basis.

But will the NCAA do the right thing and give Houston a chance to run onto the Sanford Stadium field with Aaron Murray, Todd Gurley, Malcolm Mitchell and high school teammate Dallas Lee?

Based on the NCAA’s track record, I think we know the answer to that.