Fuller suspended from team after being charged

Updated: December 13, 2006, 3:01 AM ET
Associated Press

BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Montana State cornerback Andre Fuller is charged with selling cocaine and has been suspended from the team pending the investigation, school officials said.

Fuller, 22, a junior from Pompano Beach, Fla., was arrested Monday, as were former players Edward "Eddy" Sullivan, 23, of Carlsbad, Calif., and Derrick Lamont Davis Jr., 21, of Santa Monica, Calif.

All three are accused of selling drugs in June to an informant working for the Missouri River Drug Task Force.

The drug arrests are the latest in a string of criminal incidents involving current and former MSU athletes that has the school evaluating its recruiting practices.

During the investigation, Fuller allegedly sold 4.6 grams of cocaine to an informant for $180, court records said.

"It's a horrific disappointment for me and the university," Bobcats coach Mike Kramer said. "For the amount of energy we spent trying to grow and mold and teach, and the amount of expense we used to try and have these guys mature into making the right decisions, [it] can all be tipped over very quickly by the impression of one guy doing something that he shouldn't have."

Kramer interviewed for the vacant job at Idaho on Tuesday.

Athletic director Peter Fields described the Fuller incident as "a very big shock" that creates a "deep concern."

Fuller had two interceptions, 15 pass breakups and 65 tackles this season in earning honorable mention all-Big Sky Conference honors.

Sullivan, a former star receiver who played in 2003 and 2004 and still attends MSU, is accused of selling an informant an ounce of marijuana on two separate occasions. Each ounce cost $320.

Davis, who played in seven games last season, allegedly sold cocaine to an informant on two separate occasions.

Fuller and Sullivan posted bail and were released. Davis remains in jail, charged with two counts of distributing cocaine, court records said.

Other recent arrests involving MSU athletes include former basketball player Branden Miller and former football player John Lebrum, who were charged with murder and kidnapping in the June slaying of Jason Wright. Miller and Lebrum pleaded not guilty and their cases are expected to go to trial next year.

MSU has since brought in three consultants from the NCAA and Southeastern Conference to review the athletic department's recruiting policies, Fields said.

The consultants, experts in developing recruiting rules, spent a day and a half interviewing MSU officials and are expected to provide MSU with a report in the coming weeks.

"We're working to get to the bottom of these issues," Fields said.

In September 2005, former MSU basketball player Frank Brown was sentenced to 90 days in jail and six years probation on charges that he raped a then 15-year-old girl.

In 2004, former assistant head football coach Joe O'Brien was sentenced to four years in prison for selling methamphetamine.

The athletic department is trying to improve the reputation of its student athletes, who are mostly good students, Fields said.

The athletic department has implemented a program that tracks how often student athletes volunteer for local organizations, Fields said. Since August, athletes have volunteered more than 1,200 hours for organizations such as The Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Montana and Big Brother Big Sisters of Gallatin County.

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