i know weve seen variations of this, but im going to put it in here anyways
NCAA president praises Ohio State for actions with Clarett
CLEVELAND (AP) — The president of the NCAA said Friday that Ohio State took "strong and transparent measures" to deal with former running back Maurice Clarett, who has said he received improper benefits while playing for the school.
Myles Brand made the remarks during a question and answer session after a speech before the City Club of Cleveland.
The NCAA started investigating Ohio State in November after Clarett told ESPN The Magazine that coach Jim Tressel, his staff and school boosters arranged for him to get passing grades, money for bogus summer jobs, thousands of dollars in cash and loaner cars.
Most of Clarett's allegations were covered as part of an earlier NCAA probe that found Clarett lied to investigators, leading to his suspension from the team in 2003. Clarett helped Ohio State win the national championship in 2002.
Brand said Friday that Clarett is a great athlete but may not have been prepared to go to college.
"I do think frankly that Ohio State took strong and transparent measures to deal with him," Brand said. "He was influenced by sports agents and attorneys. In that effort I think he was exposed to some issues that he might not otherwise have been exposed to."
Brand also announced Friday the creation of the association's Task Force on the Future of Intercollegiate Athletics. The appointed panel will study strategies to help athletic departments cope with costs if revenues do not continue to climb.
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