Buckeyes star barred from preseason training

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio State tailback Maurice Clarett admits exaggerating the value of items he reported stolen from a car he was driving. As the NCAA investigates, school officials announced Clarett will be held out of preseason practice.

"Clarett will not participate in preseason football camp until, and unless, all issues related to his eligibility regarding his amateur status have been resolved," athletic director Andy Geiger and coach Jim Tressel said in a news release.

The NCAA has investigated a police report filed by Clarett claiming cash and thousands of dollars of stereo equipment owned by him were stolen from the car he was driving.

The school's release included an apology from Clarett in connection with events related to the theft, and a statement from Clarett's attorney, Scott Schiff, said the car was a borrowed vehicle and that Clarett exaggerated the value of some items reported stolen from it.

Despite numerous injuries last season, Clarett set school freshman records with 1,237 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns.

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