Top rusher investigated at Columbus strip club

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State's top rusher, Lydell Ross, was cleared Thursday of allegations that he passed fake in-house currency at a local all-nude strip club hours after the team's loss at Iowa last month.

Ross had been named in a complaint filed by Pure Platinum after he allegedly handed a dancer at the club $50 worth of fake or stolen Pure Platinum bills to pay for a dance Oct. 17.

The bills Ross gave the dancer did not have registration numbers and she turned them in to club owners.

The complaint was investigated by Columbus police who determined that the Pure Platinum bills in question might have been old, unmarked bills printed by a previous owner.

Ross was suspended for the Indiana game and was in uniform but did not play last week against Penn State. Coach Jim Tressel said Ross would likely play this week at Michigan State.