By Zac Ellis
Georgia offensive lineman Kolton Houston has been granted reinstatement by the NCAA, Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald reports.
Houston lost his eligibility as a freshman with the Bulldogs and has remained suspended since 2010 for testing positive to performance enhancing drugs. The anabolic steroids in his system were later found to be the result of an injection he received from a doctor in high school to help recover from shoulder surgery. Some of the substance remained in Houston's body.
Georgia had appealed to NCAA President Mark Emmert on behalf of Houston, now a junior, but the appeal was denied.
Georgia coach Mark Richt told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution last August that the situation has been a trying one for the team and for Houston.
“It’s been a difficult situation for Kolton and his family and us as coaches, continuing to assume it’s gonna get out of there but it just hasn’t. You’ve been asking me questions for a while and I’ve been saying, ‘Hopefully we’ll be ready to go.’ Well, he’s still not ready to go. It could happen any time really.”Houston's story appeared on ESPN's Outside the Lines, a report which revealed that he had been undergoing treatment to remove the fatty tissue. According to CBSSports.com, an online petition had been started by fans in support of Houston's cause, and in May the petition had received more than 3,000 signatures.