Ohio State will investigate Clarett

Updated: August 1, 2003, 2:58 PM ET

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State will investigate whether running back Maurice Clarett broke any laws by giving police false information about items he reported stolen from a car.

Clarett estimated that more than $6,000 worth of clothing, cash and stereo and electronic equipment was taken from the car parked on campus. Athletic director Andy Geiger said Clarett was test-driving the car.

Clarett filed his report with campus police April 18, and university spokeswoman Elizabeth Conlisk said Friday the school will look into the matter.

Clarett's lawyer, Scott Schiff, has said many of the expensive items identified in the report did not belong to Clarett but to the vehicle owner, a car dealer. He said Clarett admits inflating the value of the items, adding the player never filed an insurance claim.

Steve McIntosh of the Columbus city prosecutor's office said the city wouldn't pursue charges unless an insurance company or police filed a complaint. He said no complaint about Clarett had been received.

Falsification of a police report is a misdemeanor. A person who filed a false report generally would not be charged for the offense unless it was connected to a more serious crime, such as insurance fraud, he said.

Geiger and coach Jim Tressel said Wednesday that Clarett will be held out of preseason football practice until the matter is resolved because of extensive media coverage.

Despite injuries last season, Clarett set school freshman records with 1,237 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns. The defending champion Buckeyes open Aug. 30 at home against Washington.

The university also is investigating athletes' academic performance. The inquiry started after a New York Times story said Clarett and other players received extra help.

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