Saturday, October 11, 2003

Clarett sues Ohio State, seeks $2.5M in damages


College football notebook

The Associated Press

COLUMBUS - Suspended Ohio State tailback Maurice Clarett filed a federal suit Friday accusing the university of violating his privacy rights by giving police information from an NCAA investigation.

Clarett is seeking at least $2.5 million in damages from the university. He also asks for a court order preventing prosecutors from using the information as evidence in a misdemeanor case accusing him of filing a false police report.

Cleveland television station WJW provided The Associated Press with a copy of the lawsuit, filed late Friday in U.S. District Court in Columbus.

Percy Squire, Clarett's Columbus attorney, did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment. Ohio State spokeswoman Elizabeth Conlisk said university attorneys had not seen the lawsuit and couldn't comment.

Ohio State athletic director Andy Geiger, traveling with the defending national champion Buckeyes for tonight's game at Wisconsin, said he hadn't heard about the lawsuit and declined comment.

Clarett is suspended for his sophomore season for accepting money from a family friend and for lying about it to investigators. He is separately suing the NFL, asking a judge to throw out a rule that prevents him from entering the draft until he has been out of high school for three years.

• Clarett's mother has received a racially charged death threat addressed to her son.

The typed message was from "OSU cheerleaders" and said "black men should stay away from white women." It included other racial remarks and ended with a message that the writer will "kill and bomb the place."

Police are treating the letter as an ethnic intimidation and aggravated menacing case.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Coach Lou Holtz said the film he watched Friday shows the hits that eventually knocked Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen out of Thursday night's game were not late nor intentional.

Both times Lorenzen was hit by Gamecocks defensive end Moe Thompson, once after a third-quarter fumble, and a second time when the players collided near the Kentucky sideline, helmets banging against each other.

The second hit left Lorenzen with a concussion, and team doctors aren't sure when he might recover, Kentucky coach Rich Brooks said.

After Thursday night's 27-21 loss to South Carolina, an angry Brooks lashed out at the officials.

"There is no excuse for any official to miss that late hit to the head," Brooks said.

But Holtz said he didn't see any problems with either hit.

"(Lorenzen is) sprinting, and we're sprinting after him, and all of the sudden he stops and throws the ball," Holtz said.

WASHINGTON: The NCAA still is investigating whether gambling was a common practice in the University of Washington athletic department.

School officials are expected to release a report on its own investigation in the next month or two. At that point, the school could announce sanctions it hopes would be ratified by the NCAA and the Pac-10.

Huskies football coach Rick Neuheisel was fired in July for betting thousands of dollars in neighborhood gambling pools during the past two NCAA basketball tournaments.

Coach Keith Gilbertson, Neuheisel's successor, confirmed he talked to NCAA and Pac-10 investigators this week.

They are investigating possible gambling pools in the Washington football office.




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