Ole Miss QB recruit kicked off team for selling steroids

Updated: January 29, 2008, 7:07 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

JACKSON, Miss. -- A quarterback who was to sign with Mississippi on Feb. 6 has been kicked off the team because of an arrest for selling steroids.

Jared Foster, of Madison, who played last season for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, was enrolled in classes at Ole Miss and was informally working out with the team. He was scheduled to formally join the team on National Signing Day and would have been able to practice this spring.

The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson reported Foster's arrest Monday on its Web site. The school announced that Foster was off the team in a one-sentence release but did not say why.

"It's a shame," Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt told the Clarion-Ledger. "But we're trying to build a football program and that's stuff we can't tolerate."

Foster was arrested in Oxford and charged with selling steroids after an investigation by the Madison County Sheriff's Department.

Madison County Sheriff Toby Trowbridge told ESPN.com's Mike Fish that that Foster was observed selling steroids to a "confidential informant" three months ago, before he left to enroll at Mississippi. Trowbridge said Foster was arrested in Oxford, about 150 miles north of Madison, and had bail set at $5,000 by a judge Tuesday. He said an indictment is expected to be sought against Foster when the county grand jury convenes next month.

Trowbridge indicated the sale that led to Foster's arrest did not involve any athletes. As for whether Foster may have peddled steroids at either his former junior college or Ole Miss, Trowbridge said, "I don't know. I can't tell you if he was selling it in any schools he went to."

The arrest wasn't Foster's first. He was charged with simple assault last year and pleaded guilty in Canton Municipal Court.

Information from ESPN.com's Mike Fish and The Associated Press was used in this report.