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12:58 PM ET 02.21 | Offensive lineman Kolton Houston isn't on the Georgia Bulldogs roster anymore and it's unclear whether it's a permanent move or another set back in his long battle with the NCAA. Houston took an anabolic steroid in high school to recover from shoulder surgery; a substance banned by the NCAA. Houston has been retested multiple times showing an identical level of the steroid in his system, indicating he hasn't taken it since arriving at UGA, but it's still above the NCAA's threshold.

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Mark Richt hopes Houston will be ruled eligible. , Paul Abell - USA Today Sports Mark Richt hopes Houston will be ruled eligible. , Paul Abell - USA Today Sports
February 21, 2013  01:13 PM ET

Bummer. Documented medical reason holds no sway with the NCAA.

February 21, 2013  01:37 PM ET

A lot of people won't believe this story and bash the kid. But I doubt that Richt would've kept him around for so many years if they weren't confident that he has not been taking the steroid. If that's really what happened, then I feel for this kid. I'm not a doc so I don't get how something stays in your system so long but that's what they say is going on.

February 21, 2013  01:41 PM ET

This doesn't smell right. Detectable levels of anabolic steroids stay in your system for quite a while (I've heard maybe a year or longer), but having "an identical level" for such a long time kind've means he's not off the stuff.

February 21, 2013  01:43 PM ET
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A lot of people won't believe this story and bash the kid. But I doubt that Richt would've kept him around for so many years if they weren't confident that he has not been taking the steroid. If that's really what happened, then I feel for this kid. I'm not a doc so I don't get how something stays in your system so long but that's what they say is going on.

the blurb says that the levels are the same. Wouldn't it start to diminish over the 2 years?

Either way, if it was a medical procedure, give the kid a break.

February 21, 2013  01:43 PM ET
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This doesn't smell right. Detectable levels of anabolic steroids stay in your system for quite a while (I've heard maybe a year or longer), but having "an identical level" for such a long time kind've means he's not off the stuff.

ninja'd

February 21, 2013  01:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

This doesn't smell right. Detectable levels of anabolic steroids stay in your system for quite a while (I've heard maybe a year or longer), but having "an identical level" for such a long time kind've means he's not off the stuff.

Supposedly they are very low levels and they haven't changed. But I am not an expert. I really doubt Richt would keepmtrying to get him cleared if he thought he was still using and lying about it. But none of us know for sure which is probably why the NCAA won't clear. 0 tolerance.

February 21, 2013  01:52 PM ET

The interns must look for the most unflattering pictures of coaches to use. This one of Richt isn't too bad but the ones of Mack Brown with the dunlop belly and sour look have to be the winners.

Runnerup would be Nick Saban is his used car salesman power blue jacket.

February 21, 2013  02:08 PM ET
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I really doubt Richt would keepmtrying to get him cleared if he thought he was still using and lying about it.

He'd keep trying if the kid was a heckuva blocker.

February 21, 2013  02:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Supposedly they are very low levels and they haven't changed. But I am not an expert. I really doubt Richt would keepmtrying to get him cleared if he thought he was still using and lying about it. But none of us know for sure which is probably why the NCAA won't clear. 0 tolerance.

I suppose it's possible the kid has either a liver or kidney dysfunction that could prevent/limit his body's ability to metabolize the steroid, and keep the levels relatively higher than the average person's who utilized a similar dosage.

Or he could be juicing more. Like you said, who knows.

February 21, 2013  03:39 PM ET
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He'd keep trying if the kid was a heckuva blocker.

Even if he knew he was juicing? Ok

February 21, 2013  04:03 PM ET

I'll juice oranges for mimosas. I'll juice limes for margaritas. I'll even juice lemons for my cousin's lemon drops.

February 21, 2013  04:35 PM ET
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I'll juice oranges for mimosas. I'll juice limes for margaritas. I'll even juice lemons for my cousin's lemon drops.

You must have The Juicer!

February 22, 2013  07:20 AM ET
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You must have The Juicer!

Old fashioned metal thing you hold over the container... Cut the fruit in half and twist the halves down on the metal thing using hands and elbow grease. Juice pools into the container below.

 
February 23, 2013  07:29 AM ET
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The interns must look for the most unflattering pictures of coaches to use. This one of Richt isn't too bad but the ones of Mack Brown with the dunlop belly and sour look have to be the winners.Runnerup would be Nick Saban is his used car salesman power blue jacket.

Why does he have an escort of 3 state troopers? Continual hot-seat stories aside, has he been threatened with abduction?

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