LSU has reinstated second baseman Jared Foster after he had his eligibility restored Tuesday by both the NCAA and SEC.
Foster was previously ruled ineligible Friday, hours before LSU began its series against Missouri. NCAA rules mandate a player must pass six hours of credit toward his or her degree to maintain eligibility. But that ruling was reversed Tuesday according to an obscure loophole in the bylaws.
Paul Mainieri said Tuesday night that Foster did pass the necessary classes, but did not receive a satisfactory grade according to his degree program. But because he still earned a passing grade, and the credits he received can be applied to a different major at LSU, Foster received his reinstatement.
He posted the following statement to Twitter after his reinstatement was announced:
"First off, I would like to thank all the love and support I received from my family, friends and teammates during this difficult time. I am very relieved that this misunderstanding has been resolved. I take full responsibility for being in this situation but am glad the facts are coming out."
Mainieri said after Tuesday's game against New Orleans that there was no question to reinstate Foster once he had his eligibility restored.
"I'm really happy to welcome Jared back to the team," Mainieri said. "He has not been an ounce in trouble until this happened. He's never been a problem academically."
Foster's reinstatement goes into immediate effect. Mainieri said Foster will most likely reenter the starting lineup this weekend against South Carolina. Danny Zardon started in his place in the Missouri series, and Grayson Byrd got a start Tuesday against New Orleans.
LSU reinstates Jared Foster
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