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Newspaper connects OSU QB to booster money

Updated: January 11, 2005, 10:41 AM ET
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CLEVELAND -- Payments for a cell phone used by former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett might have led to the suspension of quarterback Troy Smith.

A report Tuesday in The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer said sources close to Ohio State and Smith told the paper that Smith used the money from Springfield booster Robert Baker to pay an overdue bill for a phone Smith's mother obtained for Clarett, a friend of her son's.

Smith; his mother, Tracy Smith; Clarett; and Baker could ...

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