UNC tailback cleared to play
Tailback Ryan Houston of North Carolina was cleared late last
night to play
football this season after his
eligibility was determined by school officials and the
Houston, a senior, is expected to play on Saturday at Virginia
when North Carolina will try to end a 14-game losing streak in
Char-lottesville. His role in the backfield will have to be
determined by Coach Butch Davis on short notice, after Houston sat
out the first five games.
Houston shared the tailback position last season with Shaun
Draughn, who sat out the Tar Heels’ first game while his
eligibility was determined. Senior Johnny White has taken over the
starter’s role, and Draughn is the backup.
Houston is the sixth player whose eligibility has been
determined after two investigations into the program, one by the
NCAA for possible illegal contact
with a sports agent and the other by the
university for possible academic
impropriety. Ten players are still waiting for their eligibility to
Also yesterday, defensive end Robert Quinn apologized in a
prepared statement released by the
university after he was ruled
permanently ineligible on Monday. The
NCAA and North Carolina ruled him
ineligible for accepting $5,642 in extra benefits.
“Even though this unfortunate situation is a tough time in my
life, it is something I will be able to overcome,” Quinn said.