Sunday afternoon, Texas head coach Mack Brown released a statement on Lamarr Houston's arrest:
“We’re aware of Lamarr’s situation and are disappointed anytime one of our players is accused of wrongdoing. We take a strong stance against drinking and driving and will thoroughly investigate this situation. Following the completion of the legal process, we will do what’s best for the university, Lamarr and the team. One thing we have really prided ourselves on in our program is our family atmosphere, and this will be handled within our family.”
After talking with both Houston and his family on Sunday, Brown decided that the junior DT would not travel to El Paso for the game against UTEP and released another statement on the situation:
"(Houston) asked to apologize to the team and did so at our team meeting earlier today. The issue will be handled within the team and any further action will be addressed at the appropriate time."
Last year, linebacker Sergio Kindle and defensive end Henry Melton were each suspended for the first three games of the season after DWI arrests during the '07 summer. If Houston was to receive the same punishment, along with missing this week's game against UTEP, he would also be out for the Arkansas and Rice games before returning for the Oct. 4 Colorado game.
Senior Aaron Lewis is listed as Houston's primary backup. Lewis played both defensive end and defensive tackle in Saturday's 52-10 win over Florida Atlantic.