Yes, it is the Craig Ochs story, but it is now the Marcus Houston story as well.
Sunday night, Marcus Houston announced that he is going to transfer from the University of Colorado and is to play at inner-state rival Colorado State. This comes a few days after Head Coach Gary Barnett allowed Houston out of his scholarship on Friday.
Houston will have to sit out a year and won't return to the field until 2004 due to NCAA rules that require a player that transfers to another Division 1-A school to sit for a year.
When Houston returns, he will take the field against Septmenber 4th at Folsom Field. Welcome back Marcus.
Houston expects to have his paperwork completed today, which includes an offical release by Athletic Director Dick Tharp, and then begin the enrollment process at CSU.
Colorado State has filled at least 10 of their 15 scholarships, but reports have said Houston's parents would pay for a semister if they had to.
The transfer puts an end to what was a very strange career at CU. Houston, who was recruited in 200, began his career with a bang. He rushed for over 300 yards in his first three games as a freshman and CU fans thought they had another Rashaan Salaam. But that would come to an end quickly.
A variety of injuries (hip flexor, adductor muscle, slightly torn knee ligament)limited his playing time and the emergence of Chris Brown, Bobby Purify and Brian Calhoun basically ended his game time.
Until he offical is given his release from CU, CSU officals may not comment on the situation.