Junior Curvin Richards, the second-leading rusher in Pitt history to Tony Dorsett, has been suspended indefinitely by Coach Paul Hackett for breaking unspecified team rules.

Hackett said he would consider a reinstatement if Richards returns to campus, but Richards reportedly is at his LaPorte, Tex., home.

"There are a few things which need to be cleared up in Curvin's case," Hackett said. "If Curvin can correct these problems, we will sit down and welcome him back. But until then, he will not be a member of this team."

Hackett would not comment on specific infractions, but the Pittsburgh Press reported the suspension stems from his academic record, his absences from study halls and failure to attend team meetings.

He could pass up his senior season and apply for the NFL draft. Hackett said he is worried Richards won't return. . . .

Three Salem-Teikyo University basketball players were told to leave the West Virginia campus after being arrested on charges they forced a student to have sex with them, university president Ronald Ohl said.

Students Carl Watkins, 27, his brother Lamonte, 24, and Tyrone Jones, 23, were suspended indefinitely from school after their arrest on second-degree sexual assault charges, Ohl said.