MADISON – After being removed from Wisconsin’s 105-man roster at the beginning of fall camp for unspecified reasons, redshirt freshman defensive end Jake Irwin’s playing future at Wisconsin is no more.
Irwin, a redshirt freshman from Waunakee HS, was reportedly arrested by UW Police after an alleged incident outside the Red Gym the morning of Sept. 1, the same day Wisconsin opened the season with a 51-17 victory over UNLV.
“Jake Irwin had been serving a suspension and was not a part of our Fall Camp roster,” UW coach Bret Bielema said in a statement. “Following an incident that occurred late last week, I have decided to dismiss Jake from the Wisconsin football team. We will continue to provide Jake with support as he transitions into his future and wish him the best.”
Irwin faces two counts of disorderly conduct and two counts of battery for his part in the altercation. During the investigation, UW Detectives learned that the incident was not unprovoked as previously thought and stemmed from an argument that took place on the Memorial Union Terrace previously that evening.
Abraham Thomas, a 17-year-old from Madison, was also arrested in connection for his role in the fight. He was booked into jail on a suspected probation violation and was questioned regarding his involvement in the case. He is currently in the Dane County Jail for charges of Substantial Battery.
DeCicco Joins Wisconsin
In a story previously broke by Badger Nation and confirmed Tuesday by Bielema, tight end Brock DeCicco has transferred to Wisconsin.
“We’re very excited to bring Brock to Madison,” Bielema said. “We recruited him heavily out of high school and are thrilled he eventually ended up joining us. He will spend this year working on the scout team, getting accustomed to how we work at Wisconsin and we look forward to him contributing on Saturdays next fall.”
DeCicco, a native of Jefferson Hills, Pa., played in 13 games, starting three last season for Pitt. He caught two passes for the Panthers with both going for touchdowns. DeCicco redshirted in 2009 after being rated as the country's No. 7 tight end by Scout coming out of high school.
DeCicco cannot play in any games this season due to NCAA transfer rules and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining starting in 2012.
“I’m excited to be a Badger and ready to start playing,” DeCicco said.
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