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Paul Richardson (above) and two other incoming freshmen have been dismissed from schoolThree incoming freshman UCLA football players who were arrested on suspicion of theft were dismissed from the team today and will be barred from enrolling at the university for the fall quarter, according to coach Rick Neuheisel.
Paul Richardson, Shaquille Richardson and Josh Shirley were arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing another student's purse.
"The three young men know they made a terrible mistake," Neuheisel said. "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," he said. "That decision will be based on several factors, including their behavior."
According to the coach, the trio will not be allowed to continue summer school. If they meet certain unspecified requirements set by Neuheisel, they may be allowed to enroll in January. They could also face additional discipline from the UCLA Dean of Students.
Paul Richardson is a wide receiver from Gardena Serra High School; Shaquille Richardson is a defensive back from Los Alamitos High School; and Shirley is a linebacker from Fontana Kaiser.
UCLA police said officers responded to a theft report in a Hedrick Hall dining area, adjacent to the lockers used for storing belongings while dining, and the three players were arrested.
Paul Richardson and Shaquille Richardson were released on $20,000 bail, and Shirley was released without having to post bail. All three were taking classes during the summer quarter at the Westwood campus.