COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The two South Carolina football players
charged with simple marijuana possession will remain members of the
team while their case is being resolved.
"The status of Ty Erving and Josh Johnson as members of the USC
football team is unchanged," a release from the university said.
"Their status remains subject to change following the resolution
of their pending criminal charges."
Columbia police arrested Erving and Johnson last month after an
officer found marijuana inside a parked car the players and another
man were sitting in.
Drug tests were given to Erving, a sophomore defensive back, and
Johnson, a sophomore linebacker, by coach Steve Spurrier after the
players said they were innocent. Spurrier had said the results
would determine whether he would take any disciplinary action
against the players.
South Carolina spokeswoman Michelle Schmitt said the university
could not comment on the connection between the university's
statement and results of the drug tests.
Along with Johnson and Erving, nine other current or former
Gamecock football players have been arrested on charges ranging
from domestic violence to grand larceny since the end of last