COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett borrowed cars from relatives, friends and at least one car dealership while attending the university.
That's according to records surveyed by The Columbus Dispatch.
The vehicles that Clarett traveled in at Ohio State have become
more of an issue since Clarett charged earlier this month that
Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel and his staff helped players get loaner
cars and also arranged other improper benefits.
Speeding tickets issued to Clarett during his 18 months as an
Ohio State student indicate he borrowed cars from hometown friends and relatives. One of the tickets he received was for driving 98 miles per hour.
Clarett said in April 2003 that a 2001 Monte Carlo he had taken
for an overnight test drive was broken into and someone took more
than $10,000 in clothing, CDs, cash and stereo equipment.
That led to Clarett pleading guilty to failure to aid a law
enforcement officer and an NCAA investigation that found that
Clarett had an improper relationship with the car dealer who loaned
him the Monte Carlo.