June 29, 2010
UCLA head football coach Rick Neuheisel has dismissed three incoming freshmen from the football squad for violation of team rules, it was announced today. The players were informed of the discipline this morning.
Paul Richardson, Shaquille Richardson and Josh Shirley will not be allowed to continue summer school and will not be permitted to enroll at UCLA for Fall Quarter. If they meet certain requirements set by Neuheisel, they may be allowed to enroll in January. Additional discipline may be imposed by the Office of the Dean of Students.
The three players were arrested on campus last week (June 23) by University Police. They were charged with suspicion of felony theft.
"The three young men know they made a terrible mistake," said Neuheisel. "We expect our players to behave a certain way and there are consequences when they don't. Paul, Shaquille and Josh are paying a steep price for their lapse in judgment. They will not be allowed to enroll in school this fall and will not have the opportunity to begin their UCLA academic and athletic careers.
"Whether they are allowed to enroll for Winter Quarter will be determined at a later date. That decision will be based on several factors, including their behavior."