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May 1, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State sophomore football student-athletes Louis Irizarry and Ira Guilford have been suspended indefinitely following their arrest this weekend in Columbus, Jim Tressel, Ohio State head coach, said Saturday.

Tressel issued the following statement regarding the situation.

“We are aware of the situation,” Tressel said. “We view it as very serious. We are looking into it aggressively to learn more about the facts. In the mean time both players have been suspended indefinitely. It appears likely they could lose their privilege to play for Ohio State in 2004.”

Irizarry, a 6-5, 235-pound tight end from Youngstown, Ohio, and Guilford, a 6-0, 190-pound tailback from Hoboken, N.J., both played as true freshmen for the Buckeyes in 2003.

Guilford played in five games. He gained 64 yards on 28 carries. Irizarry played in seven games, primarily on special teams.