Probe yields no sign of widespread misconduct

Updated: December 17, 2003, 7:12 PM ET
Associated Press

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 professors.

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.

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