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Scrutiny grows over Clarett's benefactor

Updated: February 5, 2004, 11:28 AM ET
By Tom Farrey | ESPN.com

When Maurice Clarett was suspended last September for accepting thousands of dollars in extra benefits from a caterer from near his hometown and for attempting to conceal those gifts from NCAA investigators, Robert Dellimuti was portrayed by associates and even Ohio State coach Jim Tressel as a well-meaning guy trying to help an underprivileged kid. The tailback talked daily with his benefactor during the 2002 national championship season, sometimes on a cell phone paid for by Dellimuti.

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