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Clayborn to plead guilty in assault case

Adrian Clayborn's assault case should be resolved next month, when the Iowa star defensive end will enter a guilty plea, according to online court records filed Wednesday.

It's unclear whether Clayborn will plead guilty to misdemeanor assault causing bodily injury or a lesser charge stemming from a January 2009 altercation with a taxicab driver in Iowa City. Clayborn allegedly struck the cabbie after the driver honked at him and words were exchanged.

All signs point toward a plea agreement for Clayborn, who has been ordered to appear at a dispositional hearing March 19. Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz has stood by Clayborn since the incident, and Clayborn faced no penalties from the team last year, serving as a captain and earning first-team All-Big Ten honors.

The junior is expected to be one of Iowa's team leaders in 2010, not to mention one of the nation's top defensive linemen. Iowa opens spring practice in late March.