Probe yields no sign of widespread misconduct

12/17/2003 - Ohio State Buckeyes

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State investigators found no evidence
of academic misconduct by suspended star tailback Maurice Clarett
or other athletes.

University president Karen Holbrook said Wednesday that a
committee did not discover any instances of athletes receiving
inappropriate help from tutors or preferential treatment by

Holbrook said federal privacy laws prevent the university from
revealing information about specific students.

A committee was formed to review athletes' academic performances
after The New York Times reported in July that Clarett passed a
class in 2002 by taking two oral exams.

Clarett, who led the Buckeyes to a national title last season,
was suspended this year for accepting money from a family friend
and lying about it to investigators.

Chemistry professor Matthew Platz, who led the school's
investigation, said the NCAA reviewed the committee's report and
indicated it will not take action.

The committee did recommend that teaching assistants receive
more instruction.