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Sunday, December 17, 2006
Montana State to re-evaluate program in face of arrests

Associated Press

BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Montana State football coach Mike Kramer has a "quiet" period of about three weeks during which his recruiting is limited. But that doesn't mean Kramer is getting a break.

"I'm going to have to re-recruit every one of my players," Kramer said Friday at the end of a press conference in which he said the recent drug-related arrest of one current and two former players was one of the factors that led him to withdraw his name from consideration for the head coaching job at Idaho.

"We certainly welcome the three-week off time that we're in right now in recruiting to seriously evaluate what we're doing to prevent this occurrence from resurfacing," Kramer said.

Montana State cornerback Andre Fuller and former Bobcat players Eddie Sullivan and Derrick Davis were arrested on Dec. 11 on charges that they sold drugs to informants in June. Fuller and Davis are charged with selling cocaine and Sullivan is charged with selling marijuana.

Fuller, a junior, was suspended from the football team while the case is investigated.

And in June, former redshirt football player John Lebrum and former Bobcat basketball player Branden Miller were charged with murder and kidnapping in the shooting death of suspected drug dealer Jason Wright. They have pleaded not guilty and are expected to go to trial next year.

The suspected murder weapon was recovered in a locker in the MSU men's basketball locker room.

MSU is awaiting results -- expected by the end of the month -- of the review done by NCAA and consultants from the Southeastern Conference in response to the arrests of Lebrum and Miller.

"All of those pieces are going to be part of the discussion," said MSU athletic director Peter Fields. "I think we need to have conversations on what Mike's thinking and what I'm thinking and go from there."

Kramer said keeping players out of trouble comes down to them making the right choices, which most of them do.

"But along the way -- kids, guys, young men -- make mistakes because they don't really understand how an indiscretion, a bad choice, has such far-reaching impact," Kramer said. "And to me that's education, and as a teacher, I certainly welcome the challenge to be a better teacher in the days to come."