Ross will sit for undisclosed reasons

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State tailback Lydell Ross was suspended for Saturday's game against Indiana by coach Jim Tressel for undisclosed reasons.

The suspension was announced Friday in a news release from the university. Sports information director Steve Snapp declined comment and an e-mail message to Ross was not immediately returned.

Ohio State (3-3, 0-3) is trying to avoid its first 0-4 start in the Big Ten since 1922. The Buckeyes have lost three straight.

Ross has started all six games, rushing for 343 yards with three touchdowns and a 3.6-yard average per carry. He led the Buckeyes in rushing last year.

Ross was among six seniors who went to Tressel last week to request that underclassmen not be permitted to speak to reporters this week. Ross and the others met with reporters on Tuesday night.

"The main thing here is to be focused on what we want, which is to be successful the rest of the season," Ross said Tuesday. "You can no longer think about what's happened in the past. You have to think about what you want in the future. And that's success from now on."

With Ross out, the Buckeyes will likely give more carries to freshman Tony Pittman and seniors Branden Joe and Maurice Hall.