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Wednesday, August 9, 2006
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Timeline: The rise and fall of Maurice Clarett

Associated Press

A timeline of events surrounding former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett:

• January 2001 -- Commits to Ohio State to play college football.

• December 2001 -- Rushes for 10 yards a carry and scores 22 touchdowns during the regular season at Warren's Harding High School. Named Ohio Associated Press Mr. Football and USA Today's high school offensive player of the year.

• January 2002 -- Begins classes at Ohio State after graduating early from Harding.

• Aug. 20, 2002 -- Listed as starting running back, the first time a freshman has opened as the starter at the position since 1943.

• October 2002 -- Misses two games with an injured left shoulder. Says he has received dozens of pieces of hate mail from Ohio State fans since an ESPN The Magazine article earlier in the month that quoted him saying he's thought about leaving college early for the NFL.

• Nov. 23, 2002 -- After returning from injury, rushes for 119 yards on 20 carries, scores on a 2-yard run and sets up another touchdown with a 26-yard pass reception in a 14-9 win over Michigan that boosts the Buckeyes into Fiesta Bowl showdown with Miami.

• December 2002 -- Blasts Ohio State officials for not allowing him to fly home to Youngstown for the funeral of a friend, then accuses university administrators of lying when they say he didn't file necessary paperwork for emergency financial aid for the flight.

• Jan. 3, 2003 -- Dives into the end zone on a 5-yard run, the winning score in a 31-24 double-overtime victory over Miami to give Ohio State its first national title in 34 years.

• July 12, 2003 -- The New York Times quotes a teaching assistant at Ohio State who says Clarett got preferential treatment. She says he walked out of a midterm exam but passed the class after the professor gave him an oral exam.

• July 29, 2003 -- Ohio State confirms the NCAA is investigating Clarett's claim that more than $10,000 in clothing, CDs, cash and stereo equipment was stolen in April from a 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo that Clarett had borrowed from a local dealership.

• Sept. 9, 2003 -- Charged with misdemeanor falsification for the police report on the theft. The charge carries a penalty ranging from probation to six months in jail and $1,000 fine.

• Sept. 10, 2003 -- Athletic director Andy Geiger announces Clarett is suspended for the season. Geiger says Clarett received special benefits worth thousands of dollars from a family friend and repeatedly misled investigators.

• Sept. 23, 2003 -- Sues the NFL, challenging the rule that a player must be out of high school three years to be eligible for the draft.

• Dec. 17, 2003 -- Ohio State says university committee finds no evidence to support allegations of academic misconduct by athletes, including Clarett.

• Jan. 14, 2004 -- Pleads guilty in Franklin County Municipal Court to failure to aid a law enforcement officer, a lesser charge than lying on a police report. Judge Mark Froehlich ordered him to pay the maximum fine of $100. He will serve no jail time and the charge won't appear on a criminal record.

• Feb. 5, 2004 -- Ruled eligible for the NFL draft by a U.S. District Judge in New York.

• April 19, 2004 -- A federal appeals court puts that ruling on hold.

• April 20, 2004 -- Clarett files an emergency appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court.

• April 22, 2004 -- The NFL argues it would be unfair to a team that picked Clarett if he were later ruled ineligible. Supreme Court refuses to intervene. A second emergency appeal is turned down.

• May 24, 2004 -- The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals formally rules against Clarett. The ruling means Clarett will not be eligible for a supplemental draft and will have to wait for the 2005 draft to enter the NFL.

• Nov. 9, 2004 -- Alleges in an ESPN The Magazine article that coach Jim Tressel or his staff arranged for him to get passing grades, cars and money for bogus summer jobs. Geiger denies the allegations.

• April 4, 2005 -- Supreme Court declines to hear Clarett's appeal.

• April 23, 2005 -- Chosen in the third round of the NFL draft by the Denver Broncos.

• Aug. 28, 2005 -- Broncos cut Clarett after he was sidelined for most of the preseason with a groin injury.

• Jan. 1, 2006 -- Accused of robbing two people at gunpoint in an alley behind a Columbus bar and is wanted by police on two counts of aggravated robbery.

• Aug. 9 -- Arrested after highway chase that police say started when he refused to pull over after a traffic violation. Police say they use pepper spray on him and find three handguns and an AK-47 assault rifle inside the vehicle he was driving.

• Sep. 18 -- Agreed to plead guilty to aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon. The deal would send him to prison for at least 3½ years and end two criminal cases against him.