YSU football coach: ‘I don’t confirm, deny… our discipline’

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – During a news conference on Tuesday, Youngstown State University Football Coach Bo Pelini refused to address reports that four to five football players were suspended as a result of drug testing.

“It regards to whatever reports are out there, I don’t confirm, deny, I don’t talk about our discipline and our internal policies and what we do,” he said. “I don’t talk about it in the media. I haven’t for two years. I just find it ironic that we’ve had guys in two years miss games for multiple reasons, and it hasn’t been a story. Now, all of a sudden, you’re having success. You’re in the playoffs and now it’s a story.”

Pelini spoke to the media during a regularly-scheduled news conference on Tuesday. The presser came after sources told WYTV that four to five players, including three starters, will miss the semifinal game against Eastern Washington on Saturday.

Pellini also declined to comment on the situation Monday night during his radio show.

Tuesday, Pelini said he was protecting his players by not talking about the issue.

“If there’s discipline, you gotta hold kids accountable, and that’s always been my policy,” he said.

WKBN learned that one of the YSU football players, Martin Ruiz, is facing firearm charges in Tallmadge. Police there said Ruiz was questioned during a traffic stop and was found with a loaded handgun in the car’s glove compartment. Ruiz denied that the gun belonged to him.

He was involved in only one playe in last Saturday’s game. Pelini said Ruiz’s sitting out was the coaches’ decision, but he did not elaborate.

It has been 10 years since YSU’s football team has made the playoffs. Pelini said Eastern Washington will be a challenging team to play, but he said YSU is prepared.