Irizarry, Guilford suspended, 'likely' to miss season

Updated: May 4, 2004, 3:48 AM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Two Ohio State football players were arrested and charged with robbery Saturday after a student accused the two of assaulting and robbing him.

Coach Jim Tressel suspended the players, sophomores Louis Irizarry and Ira Guilford, indefinitely and said, "It appears likely they could lose their privilege to play for Ohio State in 2004."

Each was held at the Franklin County jail over the weekend and was charged with one count of second-degree felony robbery. Both players pleaded not guilty Monday.

Guilford was released after posting $25,000 bail. Irizarry still is being held because this charge may violate a plea agreement he made in January on another charge.

Both have preliminary hearings set for May 11th.

Kenneth Whitwell, 20, of Brecksville, an Ohio State student, reported that he was assaulted on campus at 3 a.m., according to police records. Police briefly searched the area and arrested the two players.

No other details about the assault were available.

Guilford, 18, a 6-foot, 190-pound tailback from Hoboken, N.J., played in five games last year, rushing for 68 yards on 28 carries. Irizarry, 19, a 6-5, 235-pound tight end from Youngstown, played in seven games, mostly on special teams.

"We are aware of the situation," Tressel said in a statement. "We view it as very serious. We are looking into it aggressively to learn more about the facts."


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