LB Howard arrested on federal charges

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia linebacker Muhammad Howard was arrested on federal charges of selling guns without a license.

Howard was released on bond Friday after appearing before U.S.
Magistrate John S. Kaull. Howard faces a preliminary hearing
Wednesday in Clarksburg.

West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez said Sunday that Howard would be suspended pending the outcome of the federal investigation.

The complaint accuses Howard of buying more than 20 firearms
between March 26, 2003, and June 2, 2003, from a Morgantown dealership, and says Howard told Monongalia County sheriff's deputies he sold guns without a license.

Howard could not be reached for comment Sunday. Assistant U.S.
Attorney Shawn Morgan and West Virginia athletic director Ed
Pastilong declined comment.