Houston received the news on a pretty good day: his 22nd birthday.
It took me 22 years to get the best birthday present but the NCAA finally gave me my eligibility! #HoustonIsFree— Kolton Houston (@KoltonHouston75) July 25, 2013
Houston underwent shoulder surgery in high school and was prescribed an anabolic steroid during his recovery process. The steroid showed up on on a drug test during his first semester at Georgia, and since it's on the NCAA's banned substance list, he was ruled ineligible. As of last season, the steroid still hadn't left his body, which kept him ineligible in the NCAA's eyes. This, despite the fact that his steroid levels hadn't changed, proving he hadn't re-taken the substance since enrolling at Georgia.
In the school's official statement, Houston shared his joy over the news:
"This is the best birthday present I've ever had," Houston said. "I had almost reached the point where I thought this situation would never end. When I got the call, I broke down and cried for about 30 minutes. I had that much emotion stored up and it felt good to get it out. I'm ready now to show what I can do."
Watts Dantzler a junior at UGA, was pleased to hear of the development for his linemate:
Houston will have two years of eligibility remaining, but he could apply for a third year. Either way, it's a good day for the Bulldog.