Some Excerpts:Ohio State to investigate report that Clarett received help to pass class
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio State president Karen Holbrook said Sunday the athletic department will investigate a report that star Maurice Clarett received assistance to pass a class before the Fiesta Bowl.
The New York Times reported for Sunday's editions that the running back passed African-American and African Studies 101 by taking two oral exams.
Paulette Pierce, an associate professor, told the newspaper she worked directly with Clarett and administered the exams after he walked out of the course's midterm exam during the fall semester.
It wasn't clear whether Clarett, a freshman on the Buckeyes' national championship team, received special consideration, or whether university or NCAA rules were broken.
Ohio State has had problems with academics in the past.
In 2000, a year before coach Jim Tressel took over for John Cooper, wide receiver Reggie Germany was declared ineligible for the Outback Bowl after recording a 0.0 GPA for the fall quarter.
So we gotta wonder - is this a tainted Championship for the Buckeyes?