LSU finally got a great piece of personnel news on Thursday evening, with word that cornerback Kristian Fulton has been reinstated by the NCAA, effective immediately.
Orgeron annnounced the news in an afternoon media session, while the team found out after the day’s practice ended:
“We just got word from the NCAA that Kristian Fulton has been reinstated effective immediatley,” Orgeron said. “I want to thank Joe Alleva and our compliance office for working so hard. I want to thank Kristian and his family for all of the work they have done in believing Kristian. He practiced here every day like he was a starter. He never blinked. I’m so proud of the young man, and i know the team is going to be elated. This is the ultimate story of competing.”
In the Advocate’s report, it’s revealed that LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva was able to successfully lobby the NCAA for Fulton’s charge to be shifted from urine substitution, to tampering.
“There’s a reason I fought so hard for this young man, it’s because he kept fighting,” Alleva said. “He never quit. We weren’t about to either. This was a team effort with our compliance staff, our legal team, our entire administration. I couldn’t be happier for the young man and for our team.”
Fulton will almost assuredly slide directly into the starting cornerback role opposite of Greedy Williams, as had been expected when his suspension was originally upheld two weeks ago. Fulton was originally suspended for two years for attempting to use fake urine in an NCAA drug test, before pouring it out and using his own when caught. A drug test that he ultimately passed.
Fulton was a five-star prospect in the 2016 recruiting class out of Archbishop Rummel in Metairie.