BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Talk about a roller coaster few days for LSU senior Jared Foster. Foster was deemed academically ineligible for the remainder of the season on Friday, only for former team academic advisor Becca Hubbard to discover a specific NCAA bylaw Tuesday afternoon that landed him back on the roster.
Head coach Paul Mainieri says Foster will immediately return to his second base spot Thursday night and start against South Carolina.
"I take full responsibility of the situation," Foster told the media Wednesday afternoon. "I put myself in it. I made it too close for comfort. I should've handled business in a better effort, a better way."
Foster says coach Mainieri called him with the good news before the Tigers 9-1 win over UNO Tuesday night. The Lake Charles native certainly understands the magnitude of his new opportunity.
"A second chance," Foster continued. "Definitely a wake-up call. Definitely have to learn from it. Knowing I have a second chance at this, gives me more energy and an urge to stay focused."
Foster added that he was "embarrassed" that his LSU career nearly ended so badly.
"But he's never been a problem at all," coach Mainieri said. "That's why I think he's embarrassed. Because he's much brighter than the grades he got this semester. He understands that he should've never put me, our team, our university in this position. But he'll learn from this and he'll grow. And that's what we do in college environments."
Reached by phone, Hubbard says she was glad to help.
"I don't feel like a hero," Hubbard said. "I love LSU baseball and LSU athletics. I'm not happy with Jared (laughs) for putting us in this situation, but he's a wonderful kid. And truly a difference maker on this team."
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