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Richardson released from jail, remains suspended

Quintin Richardson remained suspended from South Carolina's football team Saturday, hours after he was released from prison following an arrest for simple marijuana possession.

"Correct," confirmed USC spokesman Steve Fink. "He's suspended indefinitely. There's been no change."

Coach Steve Spurrier was at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championships in Lake Tahoe, Nev., Saturday and unavailable for comment. He is set to return Tuesday and Fink confirmed Spurrier was aware of Richardson's situation but had not said anything further about the player's status.

Richardson, a big piece of Spurrier's nationally ranked third recruiting class, was released from jail Saturday on a $2,500 personal recognizance bond. He was arrested Friday after Richland County deputies responded to shots fired at a Columbia apartment complex.

When the police arrived at the scene, they found Richardson and three other men. Richardson had marijuana in his pocket and was arrested.

Curiously, it was the same complex where Richardson, a freshman who had already enrolled for the summer session at USC, was stabbed two weeks ago. He was stabbed by Ross Grant in an alleged argument over Grant's girlfriend, giving Richardson seven puncture wounds and a collapsed lung.

Richardson recovered after minor surgery and Spurrier said last week he should be ready for the first day of practice on Aug. 4. Players are participating in non-mandatory weightlifting and conditioning drills until then.

Richardson was the 20th Gamecock arrested since Spurrier was hired in Nov. 2004, although the majority of the offenders were players that Spurrier did not recruit. In 2006, three of Spurrier's recruits (Kerry Bonds, Shea McKeen and O.J. Murdock) were arrested and dismissed while two of this year's recruits (Richardson and Stephen Garcia) were arrested and at least suspended.

Garcia was suspended for spring practice but was at his first public team function earlier Saturday. Helping read to local children at the Richland County Public Library as part of USC's Pigskin Poets function, Garcia spoke of how anxious he was to prove he had made a simple mistake.

Hours later, another recruit was in jail.

Richardson is a 6-foot-4, 276-pound offensive lineman from Spring Valley High School who was highly rated although he missed most of his senior season with a knee injury. As one of the earliest recruits of the class, Richardson was credited by recruiting coordinator David Reaves as being integral to helping other high-profile recruits choose the Gamecocks.

"Quintin's been with us the whole time," Reaves said on Signing Day. "Quintin loves South Carolina. He's always wanted to be a Gamecock. He's a kid from right here in Columbia that wanted to play for South Carolina."

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