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Clarett expected to stay at OSU

By Wire services
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 14, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State athletic director Andy Geiger said Saturday he thinks Maurice Clarett plans on enrolling and attending class this fall.

"I have no indication of anything different," Geiger said before No.3 Ohio State's 44-38 triple-overtime victory over No.24 N.C. State.

On Wednesday, Ohio State suspended Clarett at least one season for violating NCAA bylaws concerning extra benefits for athletes and for lying to investigators.

Still on the back burner is the probe of academic fraud involving student-athletes. A 10-person university panel is investigating charges athletes received improper help in classes. Geiger would not comment on how the academic panel is progressing.

Clarett was not on the sideline Saturday.

ALABAMA: Guard Justin Smiley missed the first start of his career against Kentucky. The Crimson Tide did not release details of his injury. Smiley, a preseason All-SEC pick, had started 27 games since 2001.

CINCINNATI: Gino Guidugli became the school's career leader in touchdown passes with his 40th. He passed Danny McCoin, who played from 1984 to '87.

CLEMSON: Much of the game against Middle Tennessee State was a tribute to Jim Phillips, the "Voice of the Tigers" the past 36 years who died Tuesday. Players wore Phillips' initials on their helmets, there was a moment of silence before the game, and Phillips' most memorable calls were played on the stadium's big screen.

COLORADO: Quarterback Joel Klatt left against Washington State with a bruised throwing shoulder and is doubtful for Saturday's game at Florida State. The Buffs also lost their leading rusher, tailback Bobby Purify, to an ankle injury in the fourth quarter. He is day to day. Starting offensive guard Karl Allis (concussion) and starting strong safety Brian Iwuh (ankle) are questionable for Saturday.

MIAMI (OHIO): The RedHawks defeated Northwestern a fifth consecutive time, giving coach Terry Hoeppner his second straight win over old boss Randy Walker. Walker coached Miami nine seasons before leaving in 1998.

MICHIGAN: John Navarre became the school's career leader in passing yards with 6,503, breaking the mark of 6,460 set by Elvis Grbac. ... The game against Notre Dame set an NCAA attendance record of 111,726.

MISSOURI: The No.27 jersey of Brock Olivo, the school's career rushing leader with 3,026 yards, was retired.

NORTHWESTERN: Miami of Ohio knocked quarterback Brett Basanez out of the game twice in the first half - once on a late hit and a few plays later on a sack. A bloodied Basanez returned in the second half but was ineffective and replaced by freshman Alexander Webb.

NOTRE DAME: The 38-0 defeat to Michigan was the school's worst since a 58-7 beating by Miami in 1985 and worst shutout since 40-0 against Oklahoma in 1956.

WISCONSIN: Heisman hopeful running back Anthony Davis sprained his left ankle in the first quarter of a loss to UNLV. He was fitted with a protective boot, then taken for X-rays. Davis, the nation's leading rusher the past two seasons combined, rushed for 414 yards, second-most in the nation, in the first two weeks.


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