Clayborn to plead guilty in March

Updated: February 17, 2010, 4:57 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Iowa junior defensive end Adrian Clayborn will enter a guilty plea in his assault case at a dispositional hearing next month, according to online court records filed Wednesday.

Clayborn, a first-team All-Big Ten selection last season, faces a misdemeanor charge of assault causing bodily injury after he allegedly struck a taxicab driver during an altercation in Iowa City in January 2009. It's unknown whether Clayborn will plead guilty to the assault causing bodily injury charge or a lesser offense.

Clayborn's trial had been scheduled for March 1, but Wednesday's court filing states he has been ordered to appear at a dispositional hearing March 19.

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has stood by Clayborn since the incident, and Clayborn has not been disciplined by the team. Clayborn started all 13 of Iowa's games last season, served as a team captain and was named MVP of the Orange Bowl.

"Sometimes there are two sides to stories," Ferentz said last March. "Based on what I know right now, I can tell you pretty clearly I'm not sure what happened. I can tell you as far as Adrian goes, Adrian's been an exemplary student and citizen since he's been here. He's been a great team member, conducted himself above and beyond."

The assault causing bodily injury charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $1,875 fine.

Iowa opens spring practice in late March.

Adam Rittenberg covers Big Ten football for ESPN.com.