Thursday, September 25, 2003

Clarett plans to attend OSU classes

College football notebook

The Associated Press

Maurice Clarett is enrolled for Ohio State's fall quarter, which began Wednesday, and should attend his first classes today, according to OSU spokesman Steve Snapp. He had no classes scheduled Wednesday.

Clarett was on campus Tuesday to meet with academic advisers and personnel in the Student Athlete Support Services office, going over his class schedule.

Clarett is suing the NFL for early entry in the 2004 draft, but as long as he doesn't sign with an agent and remains in school, he keeps alive a contingency plan of playing for the Buckeyes in the future.

- Neil Schmidt

GRAMBLING: Comments by Grambling coach Doug Williams about suspended Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett have prompted an official NCAA inquiry into possible recruiting violations.

Williams said he suspects that entering a Sept. 9 news conference while carrying a No. 13 Grambling jersey sparked the inquiry. Clarett, who reportedly was considering a transfer, wears that number at Ohio State.

"They are saying that we indirectly made (unauthorized) contact with the kid through the media," athletics director Al Dennis said.

BIG TEN: Minnesota moved up its Saturday, Oct. 11, game against Michigan one day because of scheduling conflicts with the Minnesota Twins over the use of the Metrodome.

ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE: League officials and administrators might vote next week on divisional play when Miami and Virginia Tech join the league in 2004.

While most of the ACC coaches say Florida State and Miami should be in opposite divisions, some believe there are problems trying to split up an odd number of teams.

The addition of the two Big East schools will leave the ACC with 11 teams, probably creating six- and five-team divisions if the league is allowed to stage a playoff game.

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