Editor's note: In an Oct. 2 story about the suspension of
four Ohio University athletes who were arrested on various charges,
The Associated Press, misinterpreting a newspaper account,
erroneously reported that the school had failed to discipline 17
football players who were arrested this year. Players convicted of
a first offense were required to spend six days studying in the
football office, according to the newspaper account, which was
verified by the university.
ATHENS, Ohio -- Four Ohio University student-athletes were
suspended indefinitely Monday after arrests on charges that include
assault and drunken driving, the school said.
Football players Tommy Stuck, Paul Johnson and Wesley Dunlap and
basketball player Ken Ottrix will not be allowed to practice or
compete in games during the suspension, the school said.
President Roderick McDavis and athletics director Kirby Hocutt
also said they will review school policy covering the behavior of athletes.
"We take the recently publicized legal issues within the
athletics department very seriously and have initiated a thorough
evaluation of our student-athlete code of conduct," McDavis said
in a release.
Greg Browning, the chairman of the board of trustees, promised
to review the school's policies when The Columbus Dispatch told him
about the arrests for a story in Saturday's editions.
Stuck, a sophomore offensive lineman, was cited Sept. 30 for
underage consumption. Johnson, a junior offensive lineman, was
recently convicted of assault in Athens County Municipal Court.
Dunlap, a sophomore defensive lineman, was convicted of driving
under the influence in April.
Johnson and Dunlap were suspended for Saturday's 21-9 loss to Bowling Green.
Ottrix, a senior, has had two alcohol-related charges, the school said.
There was no answer at phone listings for Stuck, Johnson and
Ottrix. A message seeking comment was left for Dunlap with a man
who identified himself as his father.