NCAA restores LSU cornerback Kristian Fulton’s eligibility
In need of some good news, LSU football got a huge dose of it late Thursday.
Cornerback Kristian Fulton has been declared eligible immediately by the NCAA. Fulton could be a starter at cornerback for the 25th-ranked Tigers in the season opener against eighth-ranked Miami Sept. 2 in Arlington, Texas.
“Elated, and I know the team’s elated,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said Thursday, as quoted by The Advocate. “Was not expecting this at all.”
Fulton was suspended for two years for allegedly substituting urine on a drug test. Fulton missed the entire 2017 season.
According to Sports Illustrated, LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said in an appeals letter to the NCAA that Fulton violated a urine substitution rule rather than a tampering rule.
His attorney argued that Fulton should be reinstated because the test administered was flawed, and that LSU, in its drug testing policy, failed to notify athletes of the penalties for tampering with a sample.
Fulton’s appeal was denied 14 days ago. The ruling caught Fulton, his family, and LSU by surprise.
But, the NCAA reversed course Thursday. If Fulton passes a drug test, he is eligible immediately.
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