Early in September, Southern Cal quarterback Todd Marinovich had to tell reporters to cool all the talk about the Heisman Trophy and the NFL draft.
Since then, he has twice been suspended from the team, and on Sunday he was arrested for investigation of cocaine possession.Marinovich was carrying about a gram of the drug when he was arrested at 4:15 a.m. while walking down a street in this coastal city 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles, police spokesman Mike McDonough said.
According to the police report, Marinovich was one of four young men loudly cavorting through a residential neighborhood two blocks from his mother's home. The four were stopped by officers concerned about possible disturbances to neighbors.
As the officers questioned the four men, "the subject, who was later identified as Todd Marinovich, was observed attempting to conceal something behind his back," Sgt. Andy Gonis said.
All four men were searched, and police said they found a pouch in Marinovich's waistband that contained about one gram of white powder believed to be cocaine, police said. None of the other men were arrested.
Marinovich, 21, was booked and released at 11:10 a.m. on his own recognizance, McDonough said. Marinovich is scheduled to be arraigned on Feb. 11 in Harbor Municipal Court.
Marinovich was indefinitely suspended by coach Larry Smith on Jan. 11 for missing a mandatory players meeting and failing to register for classes before the start of the spring semester.
There has been widespread speculation that the sophomore will enter the NFL draft. A player wishing to enter the draft must notify the NFL by Feb. 1.
"I was shocked to hear this news," Smith said. "I haven't talked to Todd yet, but I'm trying to get a hold of him."