Fort Collins, Colo. ? Colorado State University football student-athlete Marcus Houston will have two years of athletic eligibility remaining ? beginning with the 2003 football season ?following an NCAA decision announced today.
Houston, a native of Denver, Colo., transferred to Colorado State last January and was enrolled in classes during the school?s spring semester and participated in spring football practice.
Colorado State University requested a waiver of the NCAA Division IA football transfer residency rule which requires a student-athlete to refrain from competition for one year from the time of the transfer.
?We are excited that Marcus will have the opportunity to continue his academic and athletic endeavors as part of the CSU football program over the next two years,? said Director of Athletics Jeffrey Hathaway. ?We were pleased to learn that the waiver had been granted and that Marcus would have the opportunity to compete in both the 2003 and 2004 seasons. He has been an outstanding addition to the CSU family.?
?This was a true team effort and I would like to thank Marcus, his family, our staff ? particularly Coach Lubick and (Associate Athletic Director for Compliance) Christine Susemihl ? as well as the NCAA staff for their efforts in this process.?
Houston is junior running back.
?I am excited to have two years of eligibility remaining in Colorado State?s program and to be a Ram. This is a chance to compete and represent the institution as a student-athlete. I am very excited to have this opportunity,? Houston said.
Rams? coach Sonny Lubick is happy to have Houston available in 2003.
?Marcus has been an important part of our program since he arrived in January,? said Rams? coach Sonny Lubick. ?We really did not know whether or not he would be able to compete in 2003. We are very excited that he will be able to play this season. He will continue to have an impact on our program on the field and as a leader in the program. We?re looking forward to having Marcus continue his career at Colorado State.?
Houston and his family said no other comments about the case will be made publicly. All other inquiries should be directed to athletic media relations director Gary Ozzello.
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