Soap Opera In Boulder: Marcus Houston??

Conflicting reports emerged Tuesday about the health of star tailback Marcus Houston. <BR> A Local Denver radio station, known for bashing the Colorado Football program, has claimed from "reliable sources" that Marcus Houston was healthy enough to play against Fresno State but the coaching staff held him out.

"Marcus was not medically cleared for this game," Coach Gary Barnett said at his weekly press conference, "Marcus will play when he feels healthy enough to play".

Houston went through about 90% of the drills last Wednesday, making him eligible to play on Sunday, but then was held out of practice the following day. The radio station (who will not receive a shameless plug from this site until they come out and revile their "reliable sources") reported that the CU coaching staff held Houston out of Thursday's practice and that forced him to miss the Fresno State game.

All questions about the status of Marcus Houston's groin injury should be answered soon. Houston, who sat out of practice on Tuesday, will undergo a magnetic resonance imaging test today.

Coach Barnett said that he did not think Houston is healthy enough to play Saturday against inter-state rival Colorado State. " It does not look like he can play this week and that's where we are at."

The Buffs who are in desperate need of a win on Saturday, could use the services of Houston after they ran for a total of 67 yards against Fresno State.

Talk about friction between Coach Gary Barnett and Houston is nothing new. Rumors about the CU coaching staff being upset with Houston for participating in too many outside activities, not concentrating enough on football and the lack of practice time in spring drills have been blowing through Boulder all year long.

Stay tuned for another edition of "How The Groin Heals".

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