Wednesday, August 9, 2006
Updated: September 18, 4:20 PM ET
Timeline: The rise and fall of Maurice Clarett
A timeline of events surrounding former Ohio State running back
• 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
• 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
• Dec. 17, 2003 -- Ohio State says university committee finds no
evidence to support allegations of academic misconduct by athletes,
• 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
• April 20, 2004 -- Clarett files an emergency appeal with the U.S.
• 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
• 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
• 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.