June 2, 2005
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Cornerback Eric Wright left Southern California amid possible disciplinary action by the school following an arrest on suspicion of rape.
"Eric came to the conclusion that it would be in his best interests to withdraw from school," USC coach Pete Carroll said. "We agreed and support his decision."
Wright was arrested March 26 at a campus apartment by officers investigating reports of an assault. He was booked for investigation of rape and posted $100,000 bail.
In April, the Los Angeles District Attorney's office declined to press criminal charges against Wright because of insufficient evidence. But the 19-year-old redshirt freshman from San Francisco was scheduled to meet with school disciplinary officials June 15.
The district attorney's office said 136 pills of the drug Ecstasy were found in Wright's room at an apartment he shared with another player near campus.
Wright started four games last season and intercepted two passes - the second during USC's 55-19 victory over Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl that gave the Trojans the national championship. He was expected to start next season.
Wright's plans were not known. If he transfers to another Division I program, he will have to sit out a season before becoming eligible to play.