Editor’s note: The Outside The Lines feature above on Kolton Houston’s battle to regain NCAA eligibility originally aired May 12, 2013.
This past May, ESPN’s Outside the Lines told the story of how University of Georgia offensive lineman Kolton Houston was suspended after testing positive for an anabolic steroid given for shoulder surgery during his 2010 freshman season. The show explained why the NCAA was not wavering in its decision that he remain ineligible because the drug did not dissipate enough to meet the minimum threshold in its rulebook.
Today’s OTL (3 p.m. ET, ESPN) updates the story: Houston met the exit threshold following his most recent NCAA drug screening, and yesterday, his birthday, he received news he was reinstated.
“I got a text message last night from Kolton’s mother — lots of exclamation points,” said Bob Holtzman, reporter on the original OTL piece. “When we did the interviews last spring it was clear that neither Kolton nor his family had any idea if he’d ever be eligible again. Now he has two years of eligibility remaining, which means he still has a shot at achieving his NFL dream.”
“We had never heard of a story like this before in all our coverage of performance-enhancing drugs throughout sports,” said Dwayne Bray, senior coordinating producer in charge of ESPN’s Enterprise Unit. “And there were some questions we wanted to ask regarding the NCAA’s previous decisions not to allow him to play, so we decided it was ripe for some Outside the Lines reporting.”
Today, Houston joins host Steve Weissman to discuss the past three years, culminating with yesterday’s reinstatement.
OTL also will update all the latest information on Alex Rodriguez’s plight with the Yankees.