Saturday, October 4, 2003

Hayes' son will preside over Clarett's falsification case


College football notebook

The Associated Press

COLUMBUS - The son of former Ohio State coach Woody Hayes will remain as the judge in a case accusing suspended Buckeyes running back Maurice Clarett of lying to police about items stolen from a car.

Franklin County Common Pleas Judge David W. Fais denied the affidavit of disqualification Thursday, saying the motion by Clarett's attorneys was "without merit."

Franklin County Municipal Judge Steven B. Hayes had said he should be allowed to hear the misdemeanor case.

"I know of no reason, and can think of no reason, why I couldn't be a fair and impartial jurist in this case," Hayes said in a letter to Fais Tuesday.

Clarett's lawyers filed their request for Hayes' removal Sept. 24. Cases are assigned to judges at random.

Friday's pretrial hearing in the case has been postponed and rescheduled for Oct. 20, the city attorney's office said Thursday.

Clarett has pleaded innocent to a misdemeanor falsification charge, which has a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The alleged falsified report was among factors that led to investigations by the NCAA and Ohio State. The university suspended Clarett for the season for accepting money from a family friend and for lying about it to investigators.

While Woody Hayes was Ohio State's coach from 1951-78, the Buckeyes won two Associated Press national titles, 13 Big Ten Conference crowns and 205 games.

MIAMI: Running back Frank Gore will miss the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his left knee.

Gore, the team's leading rusher with 89 carries for 468 yards, injured his knee on a 12-yard run in the first quarter of Thursday night's 22-20 win over West Virginia.

Tests Friday revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament. A similar injury to his right knee caused Gore to miss all of last season.




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