Maurice Clarett statement, team captains named

We have a statement from the university on Maurice Clarett posted now as well as news on the team captains.

Here is the release given to the media today:

"Columbus, OH: Ohio State Director of Athletics Andy Geiger said today that sophomore tailback Maurice Clarett would be allowed to resume practicing, possibly as early as Sunday, and would begin the process of being phased back into the football program.

However, Geiger said Clarett faces a multiple game suspension and is not eligible to play in any games at this time.

"We received a letter from the NCAA on Thursday with a list of allegations about Maurice," Geiger said. "I met with Maurice earlier this morning and went over those allegations with him.

"Our next step is to make a recommendation to the NCAA concerning the length of Maurice's suspension. Then, we wait for their reply.

"Until then, Maurice will be allowed to practice, remain on scholarship and attend classes once school starts, but will not be allowed to play in games.

"We have no way of knowing how long this process will take, but it will be a multiple game suspension."

Continued Geiger, "I want to emphasize that throughout today's meeting, Maurice repeatedly stressed how much he wants to return to this team and rejoin his teammates.

"I talked with Coach (Jim) Tressel following my meeting with Maurice and he indicated he would welcome Maurice back on these terms."

Go Bucks!

In other news, team captains were named today, and they are QB Craig Krenzel, WR Michael Jenkins, DT Tim Anderson, and DE Will Smith. Coach Tressel named the captains, not the team. Congratulations to those players!

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