USC suspends Richardson indefinitely

School reviewing assault allegation against lineman

jperson@thestate.comAugust 20, 2010 

South Carolina football player Quintin Richardson has been suspended indefinitely while university officials look into a claim the offensive tackle assaulted his girlfriend last week in the parking lot of Williams-Brice Stadium.

Tina Dan, a 20-year-old USC student, told campus police that Richardson assaulted her outside the stadium at 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 10, according to an incident report.

Richardson, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound junior from Columbia, had left the scene when officers arrived 40 minutes later. Dan, listed on the report as 5-4 and 112 pounds, declined medical treatment.

University spokeswoman Margaret Lamb said both Dan and Richardson alleged they were victims in the incident. No charges were filed, and police have closed the investigation, according to Lamb.

But USC coach Steve Spurrier said Richardson would remain suspended pending the outcome of the university’s disciplinary review of the case. Spurrier suspended Richardson after learning about the incident last week, and said officials were still sorting out the facts.

“We don’t know them all. I don’t know who all was there,” Spurrier said Friday. “We’ll let the legal system within the university run its course before we make a final decision on him.”

Richardson had been sidelined following offseason shoulder surgery. He is prohibited from participating in team activities while suspended, Spurrier said.

Attempts to reach Dan were unsuccessful. A phone message left for Richardson was not immediately returned.

Columbia attorney Neal Lourie, who is representing Richardson, would not comment other than to say no charges have been filed.

Richardson was arrested the summer before his freshman year for simple possession of marijuana at a Northeast Richland apartment complex. A local magistrate later agreed on a conditional discharge for Richardson.

The marijuana arrest occurred three weeks after Richardson was stabbed seven times in the arm and lower back during a fight at the same apartment complex. Richardson was not charged in the incident.

A suit Richardson filed against his assailant was dismissed, according to court records.

Richardson was ranked among the country’s top 100 prospects by when he signed with the Gamecocks in 2007. He played in eight games last year, including five starts.

But Richardson missed the Bowl after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder, and had surgery on his left shoulder last month.

USC offensive line coach Shawn Elliott brushed off a question about Richardson.

“I’m coaching the guys we’ve got here,” he said. “Regarding him, you’d have to ask coach Spurrier.”

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