Daily Buzz: A long road back

Kolton Houston still hasn’t played a regular-season down

for the University of Georgia, but after a tenuous 3-1/2-year

battle with the NCAA, the Bulldogs offensive lineman will finally

be eligible to take the field when the season starts this Fall.

target="_blank">Houston’s journey began in 2010, when the

Buford, Ga., native and son of former Bulldogs linebacker Shane

Houston failed a random drug test shortly after enrolling at

Georgia. The younger Houston was shown to have the anabolic steroid

19-norandrosterone in his system, the presence of which earned him

a suspension.

That suspension was later replaced with the threat a lifetime

ban after failing a second NCAA test, but there was a problem

bigger than a series of failed drug tests. Houston wasn’t

using performance enhancing drugs, and he wasn’t sure why

these tests kept coming up positive.

As it turned out, the positive tests were linked to a

professionally administered steroid injection following surgery

before Houston was ever enrolled at Georgia. The steroid was stuck

in his system — likely a result of poor aim by the doctor who

administered it — with seemingly no way of getting it

out.

For years, Houston and the Bulldogs medical team have contended

that Houston was not using the drug, all while Houston continued to

fail regular drug screenings. And for years — and over the

course of dozens more drug tests — that meant nothing to the

NCAA, so long as the substance was still in his system.

href="http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/9509941/georgia-bulldogs-lineman-kolton-houston-eligible-3-year-battle"

target="_blank">According to ESPN, Houston “tried multiple

methods of getting the drug out of his body through the years,

including an aggressive massage regime, sweat therapy sessions and

even surgery, where doctors removed the fatty tissue where the drug

seemed to be concentrated.” But nothing was providing the quick fix

Houston desired.

Over time, and however slowly, Houston’s steroid levels did

continue to drop — the NCAA limit is 2.5 nanograms per

milliliter of blood, and his original test showed 260 nanograms

— and finally, on Thursday, Houston’s 22nd birthday,

the good news came: He had been granted reinstatement after meeting

the exit threshold in his latest NCAA drug screening.

“This is the best birthday present I’ve ever

had,” Houston

href="http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/072513aaf.html"

target="_blank">said in a statement. “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.”

Houston has two years of eligibility left, and could apply for a

third if he so desired. But after three years of working to

overturn a suspension for a steroid he wasn’t taking,

there’s not much reason to believe that will be an easy task,

either.

Now, for some links:

• A Waffle House is

href="http://atlanta.eater.com/archives/2013/07/25/waffle-house-opens-tomorrow-in-turner-field.php"

target="_blank">opening inside Turner Field on Friday.

• A-Rod’s new gig —

href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/prince-georges-begins-to-address-ways-to-preserve-affordable-housing/2013/07/24/bea27d02-f491-11e2-aa2e-4088616498b4_story.html?hpid=z7"

target="_blank">Maryland slumlord?

• Must be tough being Chris Bosh’s baby:

• So maybe Shaq

href="http://www.sacbee.com/2013/07/25/5594123/kings-notes-cousins-is-still-waiting.html"

target="_blank">isn’t actually mentoring Kings big man

DeMarcus Cousins.

• Andrew Bynum

href="http://www.beyondthebuzzer.com/2013/07/24/andrew-bynum-spotted-rocking-cavs-gear-and-a-don-king-esque-fro/"

target="_blank">brought his Don King ‘fro to Cleveland.

• Harrison Barnes dunked on poor, poor Ryan Anderson:

• Derrick Rose says Derrick Rose

href="http://allball.blogs.nba.com/2013/07/25/derrick-rose-says-derrick-rose-is-nbas-best/"

target="_blank">is the best player in the NBA.

• When he’s not busy running for mayor of NYC and sexting

women who aren’t his wife, Anthony Weiner is a

href="http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2013/07/anthony-weiner-time-to-pull-the-goalie.html"

target="_blank">beer league hockey goalie.

• This woman is very upset about not getting any Redskins

autographs:

• A newbie anchor fired for an on-air F-bomb during his

first newscast is now

href="http://capegazette.villagesoup.com/p/viral-video-star-a-j-clemente-back-behind-the-bar/1025473"

target="_blank">working as a bartender at a beach bar.

• A South Carolina high school baseball coach was

href="http://www.goupstate.com/article/20130715/ARTICLES/130719783?p=1&tc=pg"

target="_blank">arrested for shoplifting two bats and a glove

from a Wal-Mart.

• Yo, Blake Griffin, this is how you

really jump over a car:

• Is there a

href="http://jezebel.com/military-investigates-west-point-grads-for-pervy-rugby-899173729"

target="_blank">West Point rugby scandal brewing?

• The Tampa Bay Rays and the city of St. Petersburg are

finally

href="http://tbo.com/pinellas-county/rays-and-st-pete-negotiating-stadium-exploration-deal-20130725/"

target="_blank">negotiating a stadium exploration deal.

• Check out this awesome choreographed pole vaulting medal

stand routine:

• Mazda is

href="http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/22888191/mazda-is-refurbishing-alfred-morris-infamous-1991-bentley"

target="_blank">refurbishing Alfred Morris’ 1991 Mazda

626.

• Here is the

href="http://www.lostlettermen.com/notre-dame-bcs-title-shirts-hit-internet/"

target="_blank">Notre Dame national championship shirt you

would have seen had the Fightin’ Irish not been steamrolled by

Alabama in January’s BCS title game.

• An AAU team wore “I am Trayvon” shirts to a

tournament in Atlanta:

• Former NBA All-Star Kenny Anderson reveals that he

href="http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2013/7/25/4555906/kenny-anderson-sexual-abuse"

target="_blank">was sexually abused as a child.

• Metta World Peace says he’s

href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28H1jbevtPc&feature=youtu.be"

target="_blank">changing his name again this season.

• Darnell Dockett has a tiger, and he wants to bring it to

training camp:

• Mark Buehrle made quick work of the Astros and flew

through his media session because

href="http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/mark-buehrle-makes-quick-astros-media-see-tim-050153328.html"

target="_blank">he had Tim McGraw tickets.

• Danica Patrick is

href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nascar/2013/07/25/danica-patrick-ricky-stenhouse-jr-sprint-cup-brickyard/2587793/"

target="_blank">dishing on her relationship with fellow driver

Ricky Stenhouse Jr..

• Dane De La Rosa took care of an injured bird during the

Angels game Thursday:

• Grantland has an interesting feature on

href="http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/9505721/michael-dyer-aaron-hernandez-red-flags-sports"

target="_blank">the redemption and rebranding of former Auburn

running back Michael Dyer.

• Here are

href="http://www.cbssports.com/general/blog/gregg-doyel/22886326/modest-qbs-piano-talent-a-memorable-gift-for-11-year-old-cancer-patient"

target="_blank">the full details of Jacob Karam’s touching

moment playing piano for an 11-year-old leukemia patient.

• An independent league shortstop handled a wild ricochet

off of second base to get the out: