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USC football: Mitch Mustain arrested on suspicion of selling prescription narcotics

February 2, 2011 |  9:20 am

Mustain1_240 Former USC quarterback Mitch Mustain is free on bail after being arrested on suspicion of selling prescription narcotics, police said Wednesday.

Mustain, 22, was arrested Tuesday at 8:10 p.m. and was booked on the felony charge at the West Valley-area station, according to Los Angeles Police Department officials. Mustain was released after posting $30,000 bail.

The arrest came as the result of a sting operation, but police did not elaborate on details of the case.
Mustain did not return phone or text messages seeking comment.

Mustain's arrest is the second of a former USC player this week. Everson Griffen, who played for the Trojans from 2007 to 2009 and is now a member of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings, was arrested Monday on suspicion of felony battery after LAPD officers used a Taser to subdue him after a traffic stop near campus. Prosecutors said Tuesday that felony charges would not be filed because officers were not injured and Griffen lacked a criminal history. The case is being forwarded to the Los Angeles city attorney's office.

Mustain had been preparing for USC's "pro day" workout before NFL scouts, which will be held in March.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound quarterback transferred to USC from Arkansas in 2007. He was a backup for the Trojans, playing sparingly behind Mark Sanchez in 2008 and Matt Barkley in 2009 and 2010.

He started in place of the injured Barkley against Notre Dame last season.

Mustain, who attended high school in Springdale, Ark., started and won eight games for Arkansas as a freshman in 2006 but left after Razorbacks coach Houston Nutt abandoned a pass-oriented offense and the team's postseason disintegrated into a bad soap opera.

The after-season developments included the departure of several players and offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, Mustain’s former high school coach who helped lead Auburn to the Bowl Championship Series title last month. There was also a well-publicized meeting between some football families, including Mustain's, with Arkansas Athletic Director Frank Broyles that led to accusations of meddling. And there was more drama when the contents of an angry e-mail sent by a booster to Mustain became public as part of a Freedom of Information Act request for Nutt's cellphone records.

-- Gary Klein and Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Mitch Mustain. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times.

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