Sources: YSU football players may be suspended for semifinal game

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown State University’s football team may be short-handed this weekend in the FCS National Semifinals.

Sources tell WKBN 27 First News that four or five football players, three of which are significant contributors, could be suspended and may not be making the trip to the game.

A source said the suspensions may be the result of drug testing after the Jacksonville State game.

Athletic Director Ron Strollo responded with the following statement:

If true, we have had a longstanding practice of not commenting on any conduct/team violation/suspension issues. Hope you understand. Thanks.

Coach Bo Pellini declined to comment. The YSU Athletic Department said Pellini would not address the suspension issue Monday night during his radio show, which is controlled by the department.

YSU beat the Wofford Terriers 30-23 on Saturday at the Ice Castle in double overtime, sending them to the final four. The team faces up against Eastern Washington on Saturday.

YSU running back and starter Martin Ruiz was involved in only one play in last Saturday’s game. He did not play the rest of the game due to a “coach’s decision.”

After the game, the only thing Pellini said about Ruiz was, “Yeah, he just, you know, that was our decision. Yeah, he’s okay.”

Ruiz was arrested last Tuesday and faces firearms charges in Summit County.Watch: Police dash cam footage of Ruiz’s arrest

It is unknown whether Ruiz has been suspended.

YSU President Jim Tressel said he didn’t hear anything about player suspensions and pointed all questions to the sports information department.

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