Suspended for Season

POSTED BY: News Department
Thursday, September 11, 2003 - 12:29 AM
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Ohio State suspended running back Maurice Clarett for the season, Buckeyes Athletic Director Andy Geiger said Wednesday. Geiger said Clarett had 16 violations of two NCAA bylaws, including accepting thousands of dollars worth of improper benefits and lying to NCAA investigators.

Clarett could return to the Buckeyes next year if:
1) he stays at Ohio State. OSU will let Clarett keep his athletic scholarship, if he chooses.
2) he must donate the amount of money he accepted to a charity.

After the suspension, Ohio State could apply for Clarett to be reinstated if he fulfills those other criteria.

Also, Geiger says Ohio State is not in jeopardy of losing its national title even though the Clarett violations occurred last year. Geiger says if the school didn't know about the improprieties, which Ohio State says it didn't, then the NCAA can't hold the school responsible.

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