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Buckeyes CB busted for operating a vehicle while impaired
Just as the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker climbed into double digits, a member of the Ohio State football program has come to the rescue and hit the reset button.
According to Marcus Hartman of BuckeyeSports.com, cornerback Dominic Clarke has been cited for three traffic offenses, including operating a vehicle while impaired. Clarke was pulled over Jan. 7 in Franklin County (OH) for running a stop sign and speeding. Following the stop, it was found he had no proof of insurance as well.
There were no details as to what led to the OVI citation.
This actually represents the second legal issue Clarke’s run into the past three months. In October, he was charged with disorderly conduct for firing a “compressed air gun” from the roof of an on-campus building. That issue resulted in a one-game suspension.
As a redshirt sophomore, Clarke played in 12 games for the Buckeyes in 2011.
Sidney Crosby set to resume skating
WASHINGTON (AP)—Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is ready to resume skating.
Sidney Crosby is having a recurrence of the problems that sidelined him for more than 10 months earlier this year.
Coach Dan Bylsma said before Pittsburgh’s game at the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night that Crosby will skate during the team’s current road trip, which includes visits to the Florida Panthers on Friday and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.
Crosby is with the Penguins and was in the press box wearing a jacket and tie on Wednesday.
Out with lingering concussion symptoms, Crosby hasn’t played since Dec. 5. He was sidelined for nearly 11 months before that because of a concussion, and returned on Nov. 21 with two goals. Crosby had 12 points in eight games before being sidelined again.
Bylsma said Crosby has been working out in the weight room and riding a bike. Bylsma added: “I’ll certainly be glad to see him on the ice.”
The coach said Crosby will speak to the media soon.
Ohio State head Gordon Gee slips up
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The president of Ohio State University on Wednesday lamented that publicity over a football scandal overshadowed the university's many accomplishments last year, then drew more unwelcome attention when he compared the job of coordinating several university divisions to "the Polish army."
In a speech at a downtown athletic club, Gordon Gee called the scandal's disproportional weight "a monumental shame."
"To subordinate the ingenuity of so many to the impropriety of a few seems to me an unjust proposition," Gee said. "In truth, a series of unfortunate events in our athletics program has masked a remarkable year at Ohio State."
The NCAA said last month that the Ohio State football team and new coach Urban Meyer will be banned from a bowl game after next season. The university also forfeited its 2010 season, including a Sugar Bowl win. The punishment followed a scandal in which players sold football memorabilia or traded them for tattoos.
Gee rattled off the university's top accomplishments, including a first-year retention rate for all students of 93 percent and retention rates for black and Hispanic students exceeding national averages for both public and private institutions.
A few minutes later, in a question-and-answer session, Gee referred to the problem of coordinating 18 divisions such as independent schools and colleges.
"When we had these 18 colleges all kind of floating around, they were kind of like PT Boats, they were shooting each other," Gee said. "It was kind of like the Polish army or something. I have no idea what it was."
As nervous laughter arose in the audience of a couple hundred listeners at a Columbus Metropolitan Club monthly forum, Gee said, "Oh, never mind, who did I embarrass now?" A moment later he said: "I'll have to raise money for Poland now."
Gee did not apologize afterward, and stumbled a bit in responding to questions about the propriety of the remark.
"Now if you're going to say I was saying something bad about Poland, I'm not," he said. "I could have used some other term, I guess, then."
Gee, 67, is one of the most successful university presidents in the country and has led five major public and private institutions over the past 30 years, including two stints at Ohio State as well as the head job at Brown, Vanderbilt and the universities of Colorado and West Virginia.
But he has a history of verbal gaffes, such as last March's comment, as the Ohio State memorabilia scandal deepened, that he had not considered dismissing football coach Jim Tressel.
"No, are you kidding?" Gee said at a news conference. "Let me be very clear. I'm just hoping the coach doesn't dismiss me."
In 1992, Gee called then-Gov. George Voinovich "a damn dummy" over higher education funding. Gee also raised eyebrows in the football crazy town when he called the 13-13 tie after the 1992 Ohio State-Michigan football game "one of our greatest wins ever."
Les Wexner, chairman of the Ohio Board of Trustees, was not immediately available for comment, spokeswoman Tammy Myers said.