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