Wright arrested in March on suspicion of rape

6/2/2005 - USC Trojans

LOS ANGELES -- 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.