UCF tailback Smith arrested in sex battery case, won't play

Updated: August 5, 2003, 8:30 PM ET

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Central Florida running back P.J. Smith will not join the team following his arrest last week on sexual battery charges.

Smith, a freshman transfer from Dodge City (Kan.) Community College, was to report with the rest of the Golden Knights on Wednesday. Practice begins Thursday.

Although Smith signed a letter of intent with Central Florida, he was never officially admitted as a student because he never completed his application to the school, athletic department spokesman John Marini said Tuesday.

"His application process has since been suspended while the legal process surrounding this recent case runs its course," Marini said. "If all charges are cleared, then his application for admission may be reconsidered."

UCF police allege Smith was one of four men involved in a July 14 acquaintance rape of two teenagers. Three of the four, including Smith, were arrested July 30 on charges of false imprisonment and sexual battery.

Smith, 20, was released from the Orange County Jail on Thursday after posting a $5,000 bond.

Police still are looking for the fourth suspect.

Smith was a key part of a February recruiting class regarded as one of the best in the Mid-American Conference. He was expected to push incumbent junior tailback Alex Haynes for the starting job and give the Knights depth at the position.

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