Houston Saga Close To An End

Colorado faxes football release to Colorado State for RB Marcus Houston. With that, Marcus Houston is one step closer to receiving his release from his CU football scholarship.

When I sat down and talked with Marcus Houston at media day back in August, not only was he physically bigger, but mentally his outlook was bigger as well.

Houston was preparing himself for what he thought was going to be his best season as a Buff.

"Physically, I am probably bigger than I have been", Houston said. I also feel, with so much time off, my body is ready as well. I can't wait to get back on the field."

That optimistic outlook lastest one game. In CU's opener against Colorado State, Houston partically tore up his knee and never fully recovered.

Although Marcus Houston might disagree with that last statement. Houston believes he was fully recovered from the injury before the Nebraska game and expected to see more playing time. That never happend.

Although he was listed ahead of freshman RB Brian Calhoun, Houston did not play in the Alamo Bowl and the Big 12 championship and saw Calhoun have a huge game against Nebraska.

In what has been a "soap-opera" career at CU, the Marcus Houston saga is nearing an end. With Head Coach Gary Barnett faxing his release to CSU and Houston is now free to talk with the Rams.

Colorado State has confirmed they received the fax. Houston now must either enroll at CSU or sign scholarship papers to begin the transfer process. He will have to sit out one year and will return for his final year in 2004.

The Buffs open their schedule with the Rams at Folsom that year.Can you say media frenzy?

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