Officials will monitor Clarett
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State will wait until at the least the spring to ask the NCAA to reinstate suspended running back Maurice Clarett.
"I think we want to see the fall and winter quarters, to see how things go," Ohio State athletic director Andy Geiger said Saturday.
Clarett started his fall quarter on Thursday and attended one class.
Ohio State's winter quarter ends in late March, and the Buckeyes begin spring workouts in early April.
Clarett was suspended this season from the national champion Buckeyes after Ohio State said he violated NCAA bylaws by receiving improper benefits and lying to investigators.
On Tuesday, Clarett sued the NFL, seeking to throw out a league rule and allow him to be drafted in 2004. He would not otherwise be eligible until 2005, his third year out of high school. That lawsuit does not affect his eligibility at the college level.
Ohio State coach Jim Tressel has held out hope that Clarett might return to the team to practice this fall. Geiger said that was no longer an option.
"He will not [return] this season," Geiger said. "We're not ruling out spring quarter, but fall season he will not be a part. We'll see how fall and winter go."
Clarett's attorney, Alan C. Milstein, declined to comment.
Clarett, who rushed for 1,237 yards and scored 18 touchdowns as the Buckeyes won the national championship in 2002, was able to get to only one class Thursday, Geiger said.
"He couldn't get to another. He didn't want to run the gauntlet between I don't know how many television cameras. He gave up in disgust," Geiger said.
The university will provide security for Clarett to get to class in the future, Geiger said.
Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press
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