Carencro football assistant Kevin Faulk watches from the sideline against Rayne Thursday, October 19, 2017, at Rayne High School in Rayne, La.

LSU officially announced the hiring of former running back Kevin Faulk as the director of player development. 

Faulk, a high school coach at Carencro in Lafayette, was approved by the Southeastern Conference this week to join coach Ed Orgeron's staff, something The Advocate reported on last week. Faulk will work with LSU’s football players on their academic direction, social development and overall quality of life with the goal of enhancing their development in the classroom, the community and on the football field, a statement from the school read.

"Kevin is one of the all-time LSU greats and to have him in a role to mentor and develop our players is going to be benefit everyone associated with our program," Orgeron said in a statement. “Our mission is to develop every aspect of a young man’s life while he’s part of our program and Kevin is going to be instrumental in this process."

Faulk, a Lafayette native who signed with LSU in 1995 as one of the state's most sought-after recruits, was expected to join Orgeron's support staff along with Mandeville coach Guy LeCompte. LeCompte is nolonger planning to join the staff, a source confirmed.

Support staff members are not allowed to recruit off campus or coach on the field. Those duties are relegated to the head coach and 10 full-time assistants.

Faulk, 41, interviewed for the position two weeks ago after being approached by the school to rejoin a program that still holds him in such high regard. Faulk is the school's all-time leading rusher (4,557 yards), and no LSU back has run for more scores (46). 

He had four 200-yard games during a career that spanned 1995-98, and his 22 100-yard outings are the most in school history. Faulk, an All-American as a sophomore and the SEC's freshman of the year in 1995, remains the SEC leader in career all-purpose yards (6,833).

A second-round NFL draft pick, Faulk helped the New England Patriots win three Super Bowls in his 11 seasons in Foxborough, Massachusetts. He's spent the past several years as an assistant coach for his alma mater, Carencro.

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