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University looking into sexual assault charge

LOS ANGELES -- Starting Southern California cornerback Eric Wright is being held out of spring practice, following his arrest for
investigation of sexual assault.

"I haven't been updated yet from the university's perspective
regarding Eric Wright's situation," USC coach Pete Carroll said in
a statement Monday. "I know they will look into this thoroughly
and take the time that is necessary to do this properly.

"Until I get more information and clarification, we'll hold
Eric out of practice."

Wright, a redshirt freshman from San Francisco, is scheduled to
be arraigned April 20.

"No charges have been filed, no case has been presented. He is
free on bail," Jane Robison, press secretary for the Los Angeles
District Attorney's office, said Monday.

Wright, 19, was taken into custody early Saturday at a campus
apartment by officers investigating reports of an assault, police
spokeswoman Sara Faden said. He was booked for investigation of
rape and bail was set at $100,000, according to the Sheriff's
Department. Faden said Wright posted bail and was released.

"The university takes such matters seriously and has launched
an investigation into the case of student Eric Wright," said
Michael Jackson, USC's vice president of student affairs. "We do
not publicly comment on student judicial cases. We will take
appropriate action once the facts of the case have been
determined."

Wright underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in January, but was
participating in spring practice, which began last week. He started
four games last season and intercepted two passes -- the second
during USC's 55-19 victory over Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. He was
expected to start next season.