Clarett's academic woes continue

Ohio St. back reportedly struggling in two classes

reinstatement in jeopardy

College Football

November 09, 2003|By DAYTON DAILY NEWS

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Suspended running back Maurice Clarett is not meeting academic conditions Ohio State set for him to be reinstated to the team, a newspaper reported yesterday.

The Columbus Dispatch obtained letters written by university officials to Clarett, warning him that poor performance in two classes could harm his chances of playing for the Buckeyes again.

An Oct. 29 letter by athletic director Andy Geiger said African-American studies professor Viola Newton had forbidden Clarett from returning to her class after he missed at least five sessions and slept during others.

Julie D. Vannatta, a university attorney, warned Clarett in a letter Thursday that he was flunking a physical education course after he failed to turn in assignments.

She encouraged him to drop both classes by Friday - the final day for withdrawing without getting a failing grade - or risk not being able to maintain an acceptable grade-point average.

Geiger's letter warned that by dropping the classes, Clarett would carry only enough credits to be considered a part-time student. That would mean the three games left on the schedule wouldn't count toward his season-long suspension, so he would have to miss at least three games next year.

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