Allow Kolton Houston to pursue his collegiate dream to compete athletically
  • Petitioned Mark Emmert and the NCAA

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Mark Emmert and the NCAA

Allow Kolton Houston to pursue his collegiate dream to compete athletically

    1. Jeremy Barton
    2. Petition by

      Jeremy Barton

      Napa, CA

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July 2013

Victory

Jeremy Barton: Kolton won it on his own, we just helped voice our support for him

The NCAA claims in their mission statement that "Our mission is to be an integral part of higher education and to focus on the development of our student-athletes.”

However, it is sometimes the case that the NCAA fails to focus on the student athlete, but rather focuses on the maintenance of a highly bureaucratic set of rules that makes the Postal Service look streamlined. In those times, its implementation of the rules can make Joseph McCarthy look like the great compromiser.

The case of Kolton Houston demonstrates this rigid approach towards governing (not fostering) our student athletes. Houston, unknowingly injected by a doctor during recovery from a shoulder injury in high school, has been tested for illegal substances upwards of 80+ times over the course of 3 years since enrolling at UGA. The substance in question has decreased by 98.5% since first being tested. The levels are now marginally over the deemed NCAA limit, but despite the UGA Medical team’s appeals to the NCAA, he is denied the opportunity to join his teammates on the field.

The NCAA should review its approach towards the enforcement of their rulebook, and reinstate Houston for the upcoming season. The student has gone above and beyond the necessary to prove, statistically, that he is not using banned substances. Let the kid play!!

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Victory!!

      Jeremy Barton
      Petition Organizer
      Report: UGA offensive lineman Kolton Houston granted eligibility by NCAA

      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.

    2. Reached 5,000 signatures
    3. Chip Towers Ten@10: #5

      Jeremy Barton
      Petition Organizer
      Ten@10: Georgia's tennis teams fall short at NCAAs

      By Chip Towers THE TEN AT 10: 1. The Georgia Bulldogs came tantalizingly close to another national championship in men's tennis. The SEC regular season and tournament champions reached the semifinals of the NCAA championships on Monday before falling to undefeated Virginia 4-1.

    4. The Post Game

      Jeremy Barton
      Petition Organizer
      Can Change.Org Petition Help Georgia Football Player's Fight Vs. NCAA?

      Professional sports journalists and bloggers covering NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, college football, college basketball, MMA, NASCAR, Golf, Tennis, Olympics and more. ThePostGame provides in-depth analysis, commentary and reporting on the most important sports stories of the day.

    5. Reached 4,000 signatures
    6. ESPN Coverage

      Jeremy Barton
      Petition Organizer
      Video: Kolton Houston testing the limit

      University of Georgia lineman Kolton Houston is fighting to regain NCAA eligibility after a 2010 positive drug test.

    7. Bleacher Report Coverage

      Jeremy Barton
      Petition Organizer
      Why Houston Should Be Eligible for Bulldogs

      Any Georgia Bulldog fan knows the story of offensive lineman Kolton Houston. Because of his violation of NCAA rules, Houston has not played a single snap for the Bulldogs since joining the team in 2010. When he first enrolled at UGA, Houston tested positive for anabolic steroids, which is something he used to recover from an injury he suffered his junior year in high school.

    8. CBS Coverage

      Jeremy Barton
      Petition Organizer
      Fans start online petition to help Georgia OL Kolton Houston fight NCAA

      NCAA President Mark Emmert won't let Kolton Houston play for Georgia.(USATSI) The ongoing quest by Georgia offensive lineman Kolton Houston to regain his NCAA eligibility picked up some steam this week when fans started an online petition to back his cause.

    9. Red&Black Coverage

      Jeremy Barton
      Petition Organizer
      UGA lineman's fight against NCAA finds national audience, petition started on his behalf

      The saga surrounding Georgia offensive lineman Kolton Houston reached a national audience this week, and has spurred an online petition directed at the NCAA to reinstate the Bulldog player.

    10. Reached 3,000 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Nancy Thrower OCALA, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      It's the right thing to do.

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    • Kevin Kinnersley LAGRANGE, GA
      • over 1 year ago

      This young man is being treated unjustly. This needs to be fixed. It's in the power of the NCAA to fix it.

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    • Greg Fleeman ROYSTON, GA
      • over 1 year ago

      Very unfair to this young man period!!!

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    • Lisa Kennedy BETHLEHEM, GA
      • over 1 year ago

      This young man has done nothing wrong and deserves the chance to play. This whole situation is ludicrous and it is time to let him play!!!!

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    • Linda Smith PERRY, GA
      • over 1 year ago

      He deserves to play. He has paid his dues for something he

      didn't do himself and isn't doing and every one knows it.

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