Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Clarett enters innocent plea


Spartans' Smoker uncertain vs. N.D.

The Associated Press

COLUMBUS - Two attorneys for suspended Ohio State tailback Maurice Clarett entered an innocent plea on his behalf Monday on a misdemeanor falsification charge.

Clarett acknowledged earlier this summer that he filed an exaggerated theft report with campus police in April after a dealership's car he was borrowing was broken into. He had said cash and stereo equipment worth thousands of dollars were taken.

Prosecutors and Ohio State University police last Tuesday filed the charge, which carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. The case was to be assigned today to a judge in Franklin County Municipal Court.

MICHIGAN STATE: Quarterback Jeff Smoker is questionable for Saturday's game at Notre Dame because of a bruised right big toe.

Smoker was hurt during the first quarter Saturday of a 20-19 loss to Louisiana Tech. He also sustained a rib injury and left the game in the second quarter.

WISCONSIN: Running back Anthony Davis is day-to-day after spraining his left ankle early in a loss to UNLV and his status for the Badgers' upcoming game against North Carolina is uncertain, coach Barry Alvarez said Monday.

MARSHALL: Quarterback Stan Hill will miss Saturday's game at No. 6 Kansas State with a sprained left knee. Graham Gochneaur will replace Hill.

BOSTON COLLEGE: Coach Tom O'Brien has written an open letter to the campus newspaper, asking fans to behave at the Miami game Saturday even though the second-ranked Hurricanes are leaving the Big East. The St. Xavier High graduate has written similar letters before big games in the past.




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