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LSU’s Kristian Fulton looking for ‘reconsideration’ of two-year suspension for tampering with drug-test sample

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It’s not often that the NCAA hands out a one-year suspension to a college football player. Even rarer is one twice as long.

Yet the latter is the very situation Kristian Fulton finds himself in, with the New Orleans Times-Picayune confirming through the LSU cornerback’s family that he is in the midst of serving a two-year suspension levied by the NCAA. That suspension stems from Fulton allegedly tampering with a drug-test sample in the early months of 2017.

From the Times-Picayune‘s report:

The NCAA rulebook states, “A student-athlete who is involved in a case of clearly observed tampering with an NCAA drug-test sample, as documented per NCAA drug-testing protocol by a drug-testing crew member, shall be charged with the loss of a minimum of two seasons of competition in all sports and shall remain ineligible for all regular-season and postseason competition during the time period ending two calendar years (730 days) from the date of the tampering.

The suspension has already cost Fulton the 2017 season, and could force him to the sidelines for all of 2018 as well. The university has already appealed the suspension but was denied; an Alabama-based attorney is now seeking to have the NCAA reconsider the continuation of the punitive measure.

“A two-year penalty, that’s a career-ending sanction for a college athlete,” the attorney, Don Jackson, told the newspaper. “One year is a severe penalty. But a two-year sanction for a college athlete, that’s a career-ending penalty.”

It’s expected that an answer on the reconsideration should come at some point before the start of the 2018 season.

Fulton, a five-star 2016 signee, played in three games as a true freshman. If the reconsideration is denied, it would leave Fulton with one season of eligibility he could use in 2019. He could also make himself available for the 2019 NFL draft.

Arkansas transfer Maleek Barkley moves on to the FCS

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Another of the five Arkansas players to leave the football program has found a new college home.

Exactly eight days after announcing on Twitter that he was leaving Chad Morris‘ first-year squad, Maleek Barkley took to the same social media website to announce that he has decided to transfer to Montana State. As the Big Sky Conference school plays at the FCS level, the running back-turned-wide receiver will be eligible to play for the Bobcats immediately in 2018.

Including the upcoming season, Barkley will have four years of eligibility that he can use.

Barkley, a three-star 2017 signee, began his Razorbacks career as a running back before moving to wide receiver this offseason by new head coach Chad Morris this offseason. He took a redshirt his true freshman season.

In addition to Barkley, four other UA players on scholarship have transferred this offseason ā€” tight endĀ Will GraggĀ (to Pitt), tight endĀ Jake HallĀ (to SMU),Ā defensive backĀ Korey HernandezĀ (to Iowa Western) and safetyĀ Reid MillerĀ (to Montana).Ā  Additionally, centerĀ Zach RogersĀ opted to give up his football career with the Razorbacks toĀ pursue a job in law enforcement.

South Carolina’s Javon Charleston suspended after arrest on assault, burglary charges

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If you had the SEC in “next conference to reset the Days Without An Arrest ticker” pool, go ahead and collect your winnings.

According to the Columbia State, South Carolina’sĀ Javon Charleston was arrested earlier this month on one count each of assault and burglary.Ā  The charges stem from an incident that occurred during the early-morning hours of June 17.

The alleged victim claims that Charleston, after she stopped responding to his text messages, broke into her house and, after finding her in bed with another male, engaged in a verbal altercation with the man and ultimately chased him out of the residence.Ā  It was after that when the woman claims she was physically assaulted by Charleston, who allegedly referred to her as a “dirty slut” in the process of the alleged assault.

Charleston, the newspaper wrote, “told the police he knew the woman and the code to get into the residence and that he went to check on her when she stopped texting him, believing that she was drunk.”

As a result of the arrest, Charleston has been indefinitely suspended by the football program.

Charleston was initially a walk-on to the Gamecocks who was placed on scholarship during summer camp last year. The wide receiver/defensive back appeared in 13 games last season, with most of those appearances coming on special teams.Ā  He has been competing for a starting safety job throughout the offseason.

Chad Morris finally finalizes $3.5 million contract with Arkansas

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Chad MorrisĀ was hired in early December and has already gone through his spring practice at Arkansas butĀ justĀ signed that big new contract with the school this week.

The practice of working for a new program but not formally signing a contract isn’t new (just ask Texas A&M andĀ Jimbo Fisher) but all the parties in Fayetteville finally got pen to paper in recent days to finalize the deal, according to theĀ Arkansas Democrat Gazette. The deal runs through the end of the 2023 season and will pay Morris roughly $3.5 million in base salary with plenty more available for the head coach to collect in bonuses:

Morris will be eligible for up to $1 million in competition-based bonuses and $200,000 in academic-based bonuses each year, and is eligible for three retention payments of $500,000 apiece, contingent that no “significant” NCAA violations have occurred and the program is not on NCAA probation at the time the payments are due in February of 2019, 2021 and 2023.

(AD Hunter) Yurachek said he signed the contract last Friday and it was executed with the signatures of University of Arkansas, Fayetteville chancellor Joseph Steinmetz and UA system president Donald Bobbitt this week.

Thankfully, there’s no complicated buyout structure like there was with former head coachĀ Bret Bielema.Ā If Morris wants to leave for another job, he’d oweĀ $3 million prior to Dec. 31, 2019 and decreasing amounts each year afterward. If he’s fired by the schoolĀ before the final day of 2022, he will receive 70 percent of his $3.5 million annual salary until the end of 2023. If he is fired on or after Jan. 1, 2023, he will take the full $3.5 million he’s owed.

Funny enough though, according to the Democrat Gazette,Ā his boss still hasn’t signed his own deal with the school despite being formally hired the day before Morris was last December. One down, one to go we guess.

Clemson AD Dan Radakovich rules out alcohol sales at Memorial Stadium

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Death Valley is staying dry.

Clemson athletic directorĀ Dan RadakovichĀ spoke to theĀ Post and CourierĀ this week and pretty flatly rejected joining the burgeoning bandwagon in college athletics and allowing beer and/or alcohol sales at the Tigers’ football stadium.

“It hasn’t been a huge topic here because we really don’t look at that as something moving forward inside Memorial Stadium that is on our list of things to get done,” Radakovich said. “There’s a different atmosphere at our games.”

Alcohol is not sold anywhere at the stadium for Clemson home games though there are some unique cases where fan can bring some to specific areas prior to game day for consumption after kickoff.

The policy stands in stark contrast to some of their fellow ACC schools, as everybody fromĀ Pitt to Louisville to Wake Forest have begun sales. There’s been significant debate in the SEC on opening things up on the same front and major programs like Penn State to smaller ones like Fresno State are cashing in on the new revenue stream.

It doesn’t sound like the Tigers will be joining them anytime soon.

“Our people in the parking lot have a good time. There’s no question about that,” Radakovich added. “But inside the stadium, I think it’s a little different.”