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Lenght of OSU Ross’ Suspension Uncertain

October 24, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Ohio State coach Jim Tressel isn’t sure how long Lydell Ross will be suspended from the team after the starting tailback got into trouble at a local strip club.

``How long it will be, I really don’t know,″ Tressel said after a 30-7 victory over Indiana. ``We were busy with other agendas when it came up and we’ll address that at the proper time.″

The Buckeyes (4-3, 1-3 Big Ten) ended a three-game losing streak with the victory. Freshman Tony Pittman got most of the carries in Ross’ absence and responded with 144 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.

The Buckeyes had 282 rushing yards, almost as many as they had in their four previous games (287) with Ross as their lead back.

Ross was suspended Friday by Tressel for one game with the no details given as to why. He was not on the Ohio State sideline during the game.

The strip club Pure Platinum filed a police report on Friday, but Ross was not arrested or charged by Saturday afternoon. The club accuses Ross of theft by deception for using coupons in the club that weren’t his, the report said.

The police report said the incident happened last Sunday morning, hours after the Buckeyes lost 33-7 at Iowa for their third loss in a row.

Tressel said as far as he knew no other Ohio State players were involved the incident that led to Ross’s suspension.

Ross was averaging 57 yards a game and 3.6 yards per carry. He has scored three touchdowns while starting the first six games and rushing for 343 yards on 94 carries.

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