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Houston will miss UTEP game

Lamarr Houston will miss this Saturday’s road game against Texas El Paso as a result of his arrest early Sunday for driving while intoxicated.

Houston. the starting defensive tackle, apologized to his teammates Sunday night.

He was arrested and booked into Travis County Jail hours after the Longhorns won their season opener, 52-10 over Florida Atlantic.

Houston was involved in a minor, two-car wreck at approximately 3 a.m. Sunday. Police said he flunked a field sobriety test and was arrested.

Houston totaled three tackles, including two for losses, against Florida Atlantic.

Aaron Lewis will start in Houston’s place.

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By Granny Di

September 1, 2008 11:06 PM | Link to this

Personally, I think everyone on this board (including me) should all meet at a counselor's office for psych-analysis, just for posting this type of rant, raving, and arguing about this. It is not up to us to decide the "punishment", or lack of, for this player.
So, everyone, just give it a rest. Let Coach Brown, the AD, and the law determine what needs to be done.

By Charlie Foxtrot

September 1, 2008 8:15 PM | Link to this

"What Would You Do if you were in Mack Browns shoes and had to tend to your own family; watch over about 100 players;prepare for a game;TV appearances and spots weekly and sometimes daily; recruit all the time(it's not once a yr it is all the time) and win all the time or you do not have a job. Not to mention that you will have off campus problems to solve."

I'd probably be making about $6M a year. That's what I would do.

By jim

September 1, 2008 5:30 PM | Link to this

Yes I was [way] over the top in saying what I did. It is just a shame Mack will not kick anyone off the team and send an example to the rest of the team. Screw up and your gone. I have felt the destruction of drunk driving in my family and am not going to gloss over it.

By Joe

September 1, 2008 4:15 PM | Link to this

Jim,
Your comment is disgusting. Wishing death or injury on someone's family is a despicable. Your an embarrasment to society. AAS staff should pull your comment and publish your personal info.

By Charlie

September 1, 2008 3:52 PM | Link to this

How fitting many of us are quick to call attention to blame on Mack to his discipline;and the reality that some of our team do not come to UT to graduate but to just play ball. Hey, is that not why many of us pay from $200+ for a ticket and we are all on the BAND WAGON when UT is winning. Yet when we are not or we have problems we are quick to blame. How would you feel as a parent if you son was crucified on the internet;newspaper;TV; etc. What Would You Do if you were in Mack Browns shoes and had to tend to your own family; watch over about 100 players;prepare for a game;TV appearances and spots weekly and sometimes daily; recruit all the time(it's not once a yr it is all the time) and win all the time or you do not have a job. Not to mention that you will have off campus problems to solve. Talk about the stress factor and yet we as a fan are quick to judge everything. I quote "LET THE FIRST PERSON WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE". Remember Lamar Houston family many of us have thrown the stone. By the way checkout some of the other colleges they do not even come close to what Mack Brown does on discipline. UT problems are nothing compared to OU,LSU,MIAMI,CALIFORNIA,ETC,Check their newspapers Finally check your house what kind of disciplinarian are you? Go LONGHORNS

By GoodCall

September 1, 2008 2:55 PM | Link to this

Good call Mack. I think his decision is good to suspend him a game. That immature decision on Lamarr's part will dog him for awhile. But hopefully, he'll learn that he could've been killed; or worse, could've killed someone else. IF he does it again, however, I'd say release him from the team. UT doesn't need the image problem after that.

By jim

September 1, 2008 2:53 PM | Link to this

I really wished he had killed one of Mack Browns family members. Then we would see a tightening of the ship. Mack you suck. You don't have the guts to kick the bum off the team.

By bobby bowden

September 1, 2008 2:40 PM | Link to this

atta boy, mack. drunk driving is nothing to get your panties in a bunch over. whats the worst that can happen? just sit the guy out against a patsy and bring him back for arky.

By Terri

September 1, 2008 11:07 AM | Link to this

Very good. Great decision on Browns part. Bad choice on Lamarr's part. There are so many guys in every position that make right choices every day that are smart and take their positions very seriously by making the right decision and not taking it for granted. I hope they will take how siriously drinking and driving is by putting innoucent people in arms way and not valuing their own life. From the stats of UT's first game Lewis did a great job works hard on field and off. From what is posted he is very intelligent as are so many other guys in other positions that take this opportunity to play for UT seriously. Hold Lamarr responsible it was the first game of the season with that being said it wouldnt matter if it were the middle of the season you can never put a price on a life. This time he was lucky.

By sword44

September 1, 2008 11:05 AM | Link to this

Get off Mack, discipline and recruiting - and especially Lamarr Houston. Was it irresponsible - and criminal (Class B misdemeanor) yes. Will he get punished - you bet - probably a 3 game suspension - and the criminal process too - he isn't getting away with anyting. NOW Have virtually every single one of you done it - yes. Did you do it in college - very likely. Don't be such hypocrites. BTW - just tell an officer that you had A beer and they will drag you in for DUI. None of you know the facts in the case AT ALL. Further, there were probably 30 young people under 25 sitting in jail that night for the same thing. The only reason he is mentioned and they aren't is because he plays football for UT. He is a college kid doing the same thing every ordinary college kid does on a Saturday night. Get over yourselves.

By Reality Check

September 1, 2008 10:38 AM | Link to this

MACK BROWN if not now then when? Anything less than a one-year suspension is unacceptable. The abject lack of meaningful accountability is the first place to look when pondering the history of criminal behavior by University of Texas Longhorn Football players under Mack Brown�s leadership. And yes, I said CRIMINAL! Assaults, weapons violations, drug possession, robbery, breaking and entering, and the list go on. The Longhorn rap sheet is long and disgraceful. Too many young men arrive at college without well-formed and mature value systems. Many are raised without the structure, limits, and accountability essential for developing a strong value system. Values underpin good decision making and responsible conduct. These men need a tough leader who will hold them to a standard of conduct regardless of the player�s impact on the win column. What is more important Mack Brown, developing the character of men or winning? Sometimes doing one comes at the expense of the other.

By grandpa

September 1, 2008 10:17 AM | Link to this

What's done is done. What happens to Lamarr is up to the "system". More importantly, what Coach Rucker does with this incident will determine his ultimate success or failure as a leader of our young men.

By GLENDA

September 1, 2008 9:38 AM | Link to this

NO ONE EVER SAID YOU HAVE TO HAVE ANY "SMARTS" PLAYING FOOTBALL FOR TEXAS. ACTUALLY YOU JUST HAVE TO BE GOOD AT FOOTBALL AND YOU WILL PASS WITH A DEGREE IN SOMETHING. USUALLY THE WAY IT IS IN MOST SCHOOLS AND SUCH A SHAME. THINKING.........IF THESE PEOPLE WERE BOOK SMART WOULD THEY BE TEMPTED TO TAKE SO MANY CHANCES TO LOSE?

By GLENDA

September 1, 2008 9:37 AM | Link to this

NO ONE EVER SAID YOU HAVE TO HAVE ANY "SMARTS" PLAYING FOOTBALL FOR TEXAS. ACTUALLY YOU JUST HAVE TO BE GOOD AT FOOTBALL AND YOU WILL PASS WITH A DEGREE IN SOMETHING. USUALLY THE WAY IT IS IN MOST SCHOOLS AND SUCH A SHAME. THINKING.........IF THESE PEOPLE WERE BOOK SMART WOULD THEY BE TEMPTED TO TAKE SO MANY CHANCES TO LOSE?

By Mark Lecuona

September 1, 2008 9:27 AM | Link to this

Some of you apologists need to grow up. Drunk driving is deadly serious. If all you can think about is winning games, then you're no better than LSU fans who thought Perilloux should get multiple chances. Does winning a football game mean that much to you? Is your inferiority complex so vast that the only thing that matters is someone else (who you don't even know) winning a game so you can pound your chest?

By Everything

September 1, 2008 9:02 AM | Link to this

Who cares....they won the game!!!!!!

By kenny

September 1, 2008 8:57 AM | Link to this

I guess that whole "recruit kids with character" thing with Brown has gone out the window. If they docked Mack 100 grand off his salary for every arrest, he might "owe" money by now. He gets a perk if the wind blows, and yet, with all the tutorial help, counceling help and whatnot available to these pampered, overprivaledged kids, Texas has a recent arrest record rivaled by only the Cincinatti Bengals. Just win Baby! Question to Horn fan (of which I am), would you take a clean slate and 9-4 every year like Tech, or have we sold our souls to chase the Holy Grail?

By Everything

September 1, 2008 8:44 AM | Link to this

Who cares if the lads wanna slam some beer after a game....let'em blow off a little steam.

TThen again they should have been back at study hall that time of the morning preparing for the upcoming week of classes....Where was "the foreman"

By KB

September 1, 2008 7:28 AM | Link to this

Love all the judgemental people that come on to this site only when a player gets in trouble. Lamarr needs to learn from this mistake and you people need to stop judging him or Mack Brown. Yes I agree these players should be held to a higher standard but they also should be considered human and capable of making mistakes. To the blogger commenting on us Americans, don't put us all in the same blanket comment boat, I for one do not expect to drop my kids off at school to be raised by the school. I take my job as a parent quite seriously. To those calling for Mack to be a more disciplined coach, geez, look around you, every Div I school has the same issues and UT seems to take the right road to instill discipline. As for the punishment, please read the story again, nowhere does it say it is a 1 game suspension, we are only looking at the UTEP game because it is Saturday, more punishment is possible from UT and certainly will happen on the criminal justice end of the equation. As for being fired from your job for getting a DUI, not all employers fire you for getting a DUI but they all have the right to fire you if you are convicted of a crime, the man is innocent until proven guilty, please place the noose back in stoprage until our criminal justice system does its job.

By Sam Nettles

September 1, 2008 5:12 AM | Link to this

Dumb laws-Dumb cops-Dumb voters- Dumb media-Dumb comments-Stupid generation.

By Sam Nettles

September 1, 2008 5:07 AM | Link to this

Dumb laws-Dumb cops-Dumb voters- Dumb media-Dumb comments-Stupid generation.

By CHARLOTTE

September 1, 2008 12:14 AM | Link to this

I wish i could drive all your guys around ! Call me if you've been drinking ! I'm a 47 yr old mom ! I'll get you home safe ! This is my wish ! that you all could call me !!! Makes me so Sad to think all of you young men who will die this year in a Drunk Driving Car wreck ( not wearing your seat belt !!! )

By Reality

September 1, 2008 12:12 AM | Link to this

It all gets down to something very simple --- is it a privilege to play for the Longhorns or is it the birthright of any kid who can get recruited?

The Horns are one of the very best traditions in sports at any level. Young men should be prepared to commit to flawless behavior for all 4 years to earn the privilege to put on the Orange and White.

Mack simply has to take charge and make it known unequivocally that behavior is part of the scholarship contract. Violate the contract, lose your scholarship and be dismissed from the team and school. No exceptions!

Bill Powers needs to set the example for Mack Brown and tie his contract to the public comportment of the team.

The odd thing about it is that every young man recruited by the Horns would willingly agree to this arrangement. This is not the high hurdles after all.

This is how the Rangers, Paratroopers, Special Forces, Force Recon, etc. recruit. You violate, you agree to follow their rules or you get kicked out.

The Horns are that good --- well, except for the coach.

By Emanual

September 1, 2008 12:12 AM | Link to this

You Americans always blame the teachers for disciplinary problems. What about the parents? 2 years in college is supposed to negate 2 decades of poor parenting/upbringing???

You Americans always expect to just drop your kids off at school and hope teachers will solve all your ills. Newsflash, parents are responsible for their children's conduct; not teachers, counselors, preachers, professors, coaches, etc.

By TDUB

September 1, 2008 12:03 AM | Link to this

Maybe it's a defensive tackle thing?? Or maybe something else? Remember DT Andre Jones got busted last year for felony robbery, and now hes going to play for Mike Price at UTEP after sitting out this season. Lamarr's not being punished this week by not making the El Paso trip. He's being shielded from a potential suitor. I can hear Mike Price now "hey, Lamarr, think 6th street is cool? Ever hear of Juarez?"

By joe smith

August 31, 2008 11:51 PM | Link to this

I remember when I was eighteen and made some bone headed decisions. I was responsible for my own actions, not my coach, not my teachers, etc... We are not perfect. We make mistakes. Hopefully we learn from those mistakes and move on. If he screws up again, and you see a pattern, then you kick him off team (see Romance Taylor, Cedric Benson still unemployed)
I am not some left wing liberal who thinks people should go unpunished. I am a conservative realist that understands human weakness. I have made mistakes of my own, and if not for the grace of others I would not have had the chance to overcome.
Please people, get real. Would you want a second chance if you made a mistake.
Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.

By female point of view

August 31, 2008 11:39 PM | Link to this

We are thankful that no one was hurt or killed! Drinking and driving and even crashes happen every day in Austin. What makes this one different is this KID is held at a higher standard and is being GIVEN an opportunity to be successful in life! He should be on probation for the remainder of the year and if he breaks the law again he should at the least lose his scholarshipand have to WORK for his education and career.

By ears1foru

August 31, 2008 11:38 PM | Link to this

Geez how many college students are arrested for making stupid decisions and don't end up in the paper. I remember a guy at UT who had more DWIs than you can count, he happened to be a Regent and they happened to name the Frank Erwin Center for him.

By Nick

August 31, 2008 11:09 PM | Link to this

IS HE OLD ENOUGH TO DRINK? HOW MUCH WEED DID HE HAVE?

By texfed

August 31, 2008 10:39 PM | Link to this

Well, the 6 million dollar coach has done another great job recruiting. He is the one ultimately responsible for his men. If the players can't act like law abiding students , they need to be sent home...here, it's as long as they don't get caught!

I guess Houston did!

By Tom Tapman

August 31, 2008 10:36 PM | Link to this

A DWI is a very serious offense. An automobile with a drunk driver is as bad a someone pointing a loaded shotgun, and if it goes off someone gets hurt. He should be given at least 200 hours of community service, suspension of at least a game, and fined. The next offense he should lose his scholarship and released from the team.
Mack has to set some standards and stick with them.

By Bevo

August 31, 2008 10:00 PM | Link to this

Look, aggy didn't score any points in the second half yesterday so aggy has the need to come here and pile on. That is all

By DS Guy

August 31, 2008 9:46 PM | Link to this

Dear SP -

Actually I do blame Mack fully (not for Lamarr's actions - after all, he is NOT the team babysitter, but for failing to enforce an adequate punishment suitable to the crime committed. Brandon Collins unwittingly made a financial aid error, that caused him suspension from one game, but his error was not something that could've cost someone their life. What makes it worse is that Houston (as I'd pointed below) has volunteered for MADD and should know better (not that it would be justified otherwise). If Mack wants to make sure UT does not become the next U. of Alabama or Miami, then he needs to lay down the law and not do these slap-on-the-wrist responses. I for one do think that Houston should be kicked off the team...if someone is found getting a DUI by their employer they are usually terminated (happened to a sales guy at my old company). The same response should be given out to a UT football player. Let's hope this 1-game suspension is not the full extent of his punishment.

By MONTY

August 31, 2008 9:42 PM | Link to this

some of you attack Mack at every turn. Discipline is something you do after the problems arise. teaching comes first and there has been plenty of that going on. Also people make mistakes,when they do they pay. Hopefully he will learn from this. you aggies need to go back and fix your own house it looks like its falling.

By Trace

August 31, 2008 9:39 PM | Link to this

I am sure more than half of you critics have driven a car at least once in your life after having a few drinks. I know I have, and certainly more than once. You hypocrits need to give the guy a second chance. If he makes another mistake, kick him off the team.

By Bevo

August 31, 2008 9:32 PM | Link to this

rmk,

Who the heck said he only got a one game suspension? Are you really that stupid? The blog says he will miss the UTEP game. It does not say that is the ONLY game he will miss. Pull your head out of your cheeks before you post

By Rajesh

August 31, 2008 9:32 PM | Link to this

Where do all of you vultures come from???? All of you have been MIA for all other UT Football news. Then, all of a sudden, you pharisees show up like a plague whenever "bad" news happens.

And I can't believe how stupid and presumptuous some of these comments are. Who said it's just a ONE game suspension? Also, John Doe, who ever said the wreck was Lamarr's fault?

By Frank-E

August 31, 2008 9:32 PM | Link to this

He should be asked to play for UTEP, and play an offensive line man, next Sat

By rmk

August 31, 2008 9:27 PM | Link to this

many people say, Mack Brown needs lay down the law and get tough. you think he is really running the team? he's only doing what his "handlers" tell him to do. LOL

By SP

August 31, 2008 9:20 PM | Link to this

Don't blame Mack. As Doug mentioned,college athletes get arrested all over the country. Coaches can't babysit their players when they go out and make bad decisions. Ultimately, it's up to the individual to be smart and do what's right.

By marcela

August 31, 2008 9:20 PM | Link to this

kick him off the team. When this happens to others, many times they cannot pursue their careers. His case should not be the exception. Surely this issue and others like it have been adressed in a team setting before. He must have known a cab could have driven him anywhere. Perhaps Mack should add a team chauffer to his payroll.

By William Trent

August 31, 2008 9:19 PM | Link to this

I was stupid enough to get a DWI way back in 1991, and
it woke me up. If nothing else, I guess I'm now qualified to run for public office here in Texas:)

By rmk

August 31, 2008 9:18 PM | Link to this

one game suspension? no one should be surprised that he only got one game suspension. For an arrested starting UT player for drunk driving, I am surprised he got that. the everyday average UT fan and fans of every other big time program keeps on forgetting who really runs these colloge sport teams. It is not the head coach or the AD, but the wealthy donors who give so much that they dictate who gets hired and fired as head coaches, which translates to, keep the best players on the field as much as possible.

By DS Guy

August 31, 2008 9:09 PM | Link to this

Jim Glenn - what's interesting is Lamarr Houston has been involved with MADD - check out his bio at MB-TF.com...sounds like a real do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do kinda guy

By Boobie

August 31, 2008 9:08 PM | Link to this

So Peter does that mean you should be fired from your job if you got a DUI? C'mon give me a break. You are probably the same guy I see swerving all over the road on the weekends.

By Jim Glenn

August 31, 2008 9:01 PM | Link to this

Who is with these guys when they go out and drink and party? Other team members? Don't they look out for each other? What good friends they have! Lamarr should be made to watch 100 hours of film of dead victims of DUI; see family members of DUI victims talk about losing a loved one. I sure MADD could arrange that! Hope this is a stern lesson....and warning.... for the rest of the team.

By Chris

August 31, 2008 8:54 PM | Link to this

Unbelievable! No wait, I can believe it. Coach Brown needs to incorporate discipline...something he obviously doesn't have. I guess making over a million dollars he couldn't care less...that's a shame.

By peter

August 31, 2008 8:53 PM | Link to this

His season should be over. Send a real message, Mack.

By El Chupacabra

August 31, 2008 8:51 PM | Link to this

I doubt if that is the extent of the punishment and criminal court is no cakewalk either.

By doug

August 31, 2008 8:50 PM | Link to this

John Doe. I would not use my name witha comment like that either. Mack is more of a discplinarian than any coach in the country. Check your facts . Kindle and Melton were suspended for 3 games for DUI last year. No one does that. Check Georgia. Loadholdtat OU was arrested for DUI this pasr Summer and was sunspended Zero games. Oklahoma st lets convicetd rapist Chris Collin start for 2years when Mack revoked his offer. Besides getting in a wreck is not a crime., There were no charges for that. ..and who says it is JUST one game. He is suspended right now until further notice. and wont play this weekend . NOT just one game.

By deezer

August 31, 2008 8:46 PM | Link to this


All is forgiven....as long as we win. Winning is, after all, the important thing (rolling eyes).

By Andi

August 31, 2008 8:42 PM | Link to this

Here we go again.... Not only with arrests, but lack of real discipline for the team. What lesson is really learned from a one game suspension especially when it is UTEP. Mack needs to lay down the law with these guys breaking the law and really punish them..

By sandy

August 31, 2008 8:39 PM | Link to this

Well that did not take long - Book 'Em Horns!

By john doe

August 31, 2008 8:36 PM | Link to this

Oh wow. A whole one game suspension for drunk driving and having a wreck. That Mack Brown sure is a tough disciplinarian (Heavy Sarcasm).

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