UCLA dismisses freshman troika

UCLA has dismissed three incoming freshmen -- receiver Paul Richardson, defensive back Shaquille Richardson and linebacker Joshua Shirley -- who were arrested last week on felony theft charges for allegedly stealing a student's purse, the school announced in a press release.

The players could return to the team in January "if they meet certain requirements set by [coach Rick] Neuheisel." Additional discipline may be imposed by the office of the dean of students.

The three players were arrested on campus on June 23 by University Police.

“The three young men know they made a terrible mistake,” Neuheisel said in a statement. “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.”