College notebook: Ohio State's Aaron Craft, Allison Elber receive Big Ten Medal of Honor

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Jason DeCrow | Associated Press
Aaron Craft, who was named one of Ohio State's recipients of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, will leave the school as one of the most successful student-athletes of all-time in men’s basketball.
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Basketball player Aaron Craft and rower Allison Elber were named the Ohio State recipients of the Big Ten Medal of Honor.

Each of the conference’s 12 schools gives the award to student-athletes who “attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work.”

Craft will leave Ohio State as one of the most successful student-athletes of all-time in men’s basketball. He led the Buckeyes to four NCAA tournament appearances, reaching the Elite Eight twice and the Final Four once. He is Ohio State’s first three-time academic All-American and just the fourth in Big Ten history.

Elber is a four-time Ohio State scholar-athlete, three-time academic all-Big Ten and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. She helped set program history as part of the first Ohio State women’s rowing team to win an NCAA championship.

Craft and Elber were among 511 Buckeyes athletes honored last night at the annual Scholar-Athlete dinner.

•  A university student task force has found that Michigan officials failed to explain the delay between the alleged sexual assault of a student by former football player Brendan Gibbons and his expulsion in December, which came nearly four years after the alleged incident.

The Central Student Government examined the university’s sexual misconduct policy. Among its findings: Michigan routinely failed to meet deadlines to conduct investigations, and football coachBrady Hoke likely lied about Gibbons when asked why the kicker wasn’t with the team for a December bowl game. Gibbons hasn’t been charged.

•  Michigan State sophomore shooting guard Gary Harris said he will enter the NBA draft. He averaged a team-high 16.7 points this past season.

•  Kentucky announced that 7-foot center Willie Cauley-Stein will return for his junior season.

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