Guilford faces up to 6 months in jail, $1,000 fine

Updated: August 13, 2004, 1:50 PM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A suspended Ohio State football player accused of assaulting a fellow student and taking his wallet pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor assault charge.

Ira Guilford faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine when sentenced Oct. 1.

Guilford initially was charged with robbery along with player Louis Irizarry on May 1 after a student said the two assaulted him. Coach Jim Tressel suspended both players the same day, and athletic director Andy Geiger has said neither would be back.

Guilford's attorney, William Meeks, said Guilford punched the other student but had no intention of robbing him.

Guilford, a 19-year-old tailback from Hoboken, N.J., played in five games last year as a freshman, rushing for 68 yards on 28 carries. Irizarry, 19, a tight end from Youngstown, played in seven games, mostly on special teams.

Irizarry has enrolled at Youngstown State. The case against him is pending.


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