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Fuller suspended from team after being charged

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.