A timeline of events surrounding suspended Ohio State running
back Maurice Clarett:
January 2001: Maurice Clarett commits to Ohio State to play
January 2002: Begins classes at Ohio State after graduating
early from Harding.
Aug. 20, 2002: Listed as starting running back, the first time
a freshman has opened as the starter at the position since 1943.
October 2002: Misses two games with an injured left shoulder.
Says he has received dozens of pieces of hate mail from Ohio State
fans since an ESPN The Magazine article earlier in the month that
quoted him saying he's thought about leaving college early for the
Nov. 23, 2002: After returning from injury, rushes for 119
yards on 20 carries, scores on a 2-yard run and sets up another
touchdown with a 26-yard pass reception in a 14-9 win over Michigan
that boosts Buckeyes into Fiesta Bowl showdown with Miami.
December 2002: Angrily blasts Ohio State officials for not
allowing him to fly home to Youngstown for the funeral of a friend,
then accuses university administrators of lying when they say he
didn't file necessary paperwork for emergency financial aid for the
Jan. 3, 2003: Dives into the end zone on a 5-yard run,
providing the winning score in a 31-24 double-overtime victory over
Miami to give Ohio State its first national title in 34 years.
July 12, 2003: The New York Times quotes a teaching assistant
at Ohio State who says Clarett received "preferential treatment."
She says he walked out of a midterm exam but ended up passing the
class after the professor gave him an oral exam.
July 29, 2003: Ohio State confirms the NCAA is investigating
Clarett's claim that more than $10,000 in clothing, CDs, cash and
stereo equipment was stolen in April from a 2001 Chevrolet Monte
Carlo that Clarett had borrowed from a local dealership.
Sept. 9, 2003: Clarett charged with misdemeanor falsification
for the police report on the theft. The charge carries a penalty
ranging from probation to six months in jail and $1,000 fine.
Sept. 10, 2003: Ohio State AD Andy Geiger announces Clarett is
suspended for the season. Geiger says Clarett received special
benefits worth thousands of dollars from a family friend and
repeatedly misled investigators.
Sept. 23, 2003: Clarett sues the NFL, challenging the rule that
a player must be out of high school three years to be eligible for
Dec. 17, 2003: Ohio State says university committee finds no
evidence to support allegations of academic misconduct by athletes,
Jan. 14, 2004: Clarett pleads guilty in Franklin County
Municipal Court to failure to aid a law enforcement officer, a
lesser charge than lying on a police report. Judge Mark S.
Froehlich ordered him to pay the maximum fine of $100. He will
serve no jail time and the charge won't appear on a criminal
Feb. 5: Clarett ruled eligible for the NFL draft by U.S.
District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin in New York.
March 30: A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals agrees to hear oral arguments in the case.
April 19: The federal appeals court puts on hold the
lower-court ruling that allowed Clarett to enter the draft.
April 20: Clarett files an emergency appeal with the U.S.
Supreme Court, asking Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to stay the
appeals court ruling preventing Clarett from entering the draft.