Report: Clarett suspended for car, academics

Updated: August 27, 2003, 2:57 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

One person knows for sure how long Maurice Clarett's suspension will be -- his father.

Future plans?
Myke Clarett said his son, star running back Maurice, will leave Ohio State after his junior season and enter the NFL draft, according to a report Monday in USA Today.

"Enough's enough. Who needs it? He can do the same thing in the NFL -- get the cars and it's legal," Clarett told the newspaper.

-- ESPN.com news services

Myke Clarett, Maurice's father, said the Ohio State star running back will be suspended for six games in a report in Monday's editions of USA TODAY.

"It will be a total of six games -- but he could've lost everything," Myke Clarett said in the report. "We're relieved that it's finally over and that he was able to maintain his college eligibility and his scholarship. That was the goal."

Clarett's father heard about the length of the suspension from a source on the university's board of trustees this past weekend.

However, Ohio State athletic director Andy Geiger told ESPN.com's Ivan Maisel on Tuesday night that no decision will be made on the length of Clarett's suspension until at least next week.

Clarett was suspended from the team for "multiple games" on Friday for his role in the exaggerated theft report. Clarett reported losses of $800 in cash and $9,500 in merchandise after a 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was burglarized in April. Clarett borrowed the car from a local dealership.

According to his father in the report, the running back will miss three games for violating NCAA rules for borrowing the car and will be banned three more games for academic reasons.

Geiger said on television station WSYX on Sunday that Clarett's suspension will not include punishment time for academic reasons.

Clarett, who rushed for an Ohio State freshman record 1,237 yards last year, helped lead the Buckeyes to the national championship. He scored the winning touchdown in Ohio State's 31-24 double-overtime victory over Miami in the Fiesta Bowl.

The university received several pages of allegations from the NCAA against Clarett on Thursday and discussed them with the sophomore on Friday.

Clarett smiled and waved as he left an almost three-hour long meeting at Ohio State's St. John Arena, accompanied by his grim-faced mother, Miechelle, and three attorneys. Clarett wore shorts, running shoes, a backward San Diego Padres cap and a Bob Marley T-shirt that said, "No More Trouble" on the back.

Clarett later watched the team scrimmage at Ohio Stadium. The second-ranked Buckeyes open the season Aug. 30 against (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 17 AP) Washington.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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