Sunday, September 21, 2003

Ohio State notebook

QB McMullen makes most of moment; Krenzel's backup is solid in Buckeyes' win

By Neil Schmidt
The Cincinnati Enquirer

COLUMBUS - Ohio State's Scott McMullen knows he'll return to the bench whenever starting quarterback Craig Krenzel is healthy, perhaps next week. So he was savoring Saturday.

"I'll remember that (victory) the rest of my life," McMullen said.

He was 10-of-16 for 118 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

"He was in good command of what we were doing," coach Jim Tressel said. "Even though he hasn't been in the lineup, he's continued to work to become better."

Tressel said Krenzel's elbow injury is considered day-to-day.

CLARETT TAKES ACTION: Though Maurice Clarett has filed a court complaint against Ohio State to help determine if he should sue the school, athletic director Andy Geiger said he is not holding the action against Clarett and expects the suspended tailback to be enrolled when classes begin Wednesday.

Late Thursday, Clarett asked Franklin County Common Pleas Court to allow his lawyers to take sworn statements from university officials about the charge he lied to police about items stolen from a car. He might use the information later in a lawsuit demanding money from the school.

The complaint says OSU might have violated Clarett's Fifth Amendment right against incriminating himself, alleging that the school conducted "numerous coercive interviews" with him.

It is being viewed as a strategy to find out whether the OSU administration acted as a conduit for the police against Clarett. That information could be used in Clarett's defense in a pending misdemeanor criminal case.

"It's not alarming," Geiger said of Clarett's action. "I think it's discovery; it's part of any legal procedure. ... I don't see it as anything beyond that."

Also, OSU has confirmed the identity of Bobby Dellimuti as the benefactor who was at the heart of the NCAA's investigation of Clarett. Geiger said Clarett's violations of Bylaw 12 were for accepting checks totaling $500, and having cell phone use reportedly in excess of $1,000 paid for by Dellimuti.

Geiger also made clear that Clarett's NCAA violations could result in a longer suspension than what OSU has imposed.

"My worry is that we can keep it to a year," he said.

LOCALS SOLID: OSU tight end Ryan Hamby (Moeller) had a career-high three receptions for 37 yards. BGSU tailback P.J. Pope (Wyoming) gained 47 yards on 11 carries.



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