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Clarett Meets With Ohio State AD

August 11, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Suspended running back Maurice Clarett met with Ohio State athletic director Andy Geiger on Monday but won’t be returning to practice yet.

Athletic department spokesman Steve Snapp would not discuss any details of the meeting, which included Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown and Clarett’s attorney, Scott Schiff.

``We are hopeful that there will be restored eligibility soon,″ Schiff told television station WCMH. Messages seeking comment were left Monday with Schiff’s office.

Clarett is being held out of practice with the defending national champion Buckeyes because of investigations by the NCAA and a university committee.

A 10-member university committee is investigating a teaching assistant’s claim that Clarett walked out of a midterm exam last fall and later passed the course by taking an oral exam.

He is under investigation by the NCAA for use of a 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo that was broken into while on overnight loan from a car dealership. In a police report, Clarett said he had lost more than $6,000 in clothing, cash and stereo equipment in the theft. He later acknowledged that he had exaggerated his losses to police.

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