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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

March 6, 2007 at 7:52 PM

Houston leaves team

Troubled Washington running back Michael Houston has officially left the team, an athletic department spokesman said Tuesday.
Houston transferred to UW from Texas last August and was expected to compete for playing time this season after redshirting last fall.
But he ran into legal trouble when he was arrested for stealing a cab in October and was indefinitely suspended from the team. He was officially charged last month with taking a motor vehicle without permission in the second degree, a Class C felony, as well as driving while intoxicated, a gross misdemeanor and
faces up to two months in jail if convicted of both charges.
The spokesman said Houston is still in school and plans to continue playing football elsewhere, though he has made no decision.
“Michael was not able to fulfill his responsibilities with our football program at this time and both parties feel this is the best solution for him to withdraw,” UW coach Tyrone Willingham said in a statement.
Louis Rankin will enter spring ball, which begins April 9, as the starting tailback, with J.R. Hasty — back after sitting out last year due to ineligibility — also in the mix. UW signed five high school running backs in February who will arrive in the fall to compete for time, as well.
The spring game is April 28.

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