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USC NOTEBOOK: MAUALUGA ARRESTED FOR OFF-CAMPUS INCIDENT.

Byline: Scott Wolf Staff Writer

Police arrested USC linebacker Rey Maualuga early Tuesday morning after he punched another student at an off-campus Halloween party.

Maualuga, 18, went to a party on 29th Street for Halloween attended by a large group of athletes and students. According to witnesses, Maualuga made a sarcastic comment to another student about his Halloween costume and when the student responded to the comment, Maualuga punched him.

He was arrested by Los Angeles police at the Cardinal Gardens apartment complex and taken to the Southwest Division station, where he was booked for misdemeanor assault and released on $20,000 bail.

``I've been told not to comment, I can't really say anything,'' Maualuga said after Tuesday's practice. ``I'm just going to leave it in God's hands.''

Maualuga told friends he was not drunk at the time of the incident although alcohol was available at the party, witnesses said.

An arraignment hearing is scheduled for Nov. 22 in Los Angeles Municipal Court.

USC coach Pete Carroll said he would speak to a committee of players before deciding if Maualuga would play against Stanford on Saturday.

--Tunnel update: The Pacific-10 Conference modified its tunnel policy after several USC players bumped into Washington State coach Bill Doba last weekend at halftime. Pac-10 rules state the team closest to the tunnel exits the field first, but Carroll wanted to be the first team because the Trojans traditionally run to the locker room.

--Rivers unlikely: Linebacker Keith Rivers will probably miss the Stanford game because of a sore hamstring. He did not practice Tuesday.

Scott Wolf, (818) 713-3607

scott.wolf(at)dailynews.com

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Date:Nov 2, 2005
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