In early 2001 Ohio State hired Jim Tressel as its head football coach. Within a year Tressel gained a commitment from Maurice Clarett, one of the nation’s top running backs.
After leading the team to a 7-5 season in his first season at Ohio State, Tressel inserted the freshman Clarett into the lineup and the magic began.
But just as quickly as Clarett caught up and stripped the ball from Sean Taylor in the 2003 BCS National Championship Game, he was gone.
Clarett’s checkered past includes a suspension from the NCAA, a lawsuit against the NFL, a failed NFL career and a three-year prison sentence. But just as his 2002 Buckeyes always seemed to pull victory from the jaws of defeat, Clarett is making himself a winner again, even if its not on the football field.
The Rise to Buckeye Immortality
Clarett burst onto the scene in the first game of his college football career with a 175-yard performance. The wins piled up as the powerful freshman back continued to pound…
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