While Buckeye Nation may still be reeling from Michigan State’s victory over its beloved Ohio State football team in the Big Ten championship game, it has a chance to relive some old memories during ESPN’s latest edition of its 30 for 30 series.
Ohio State took home the national championship following the 2002 season, and running back Maurice Clarett was its superstar player. Clarett, along with then head coach Jim Tressel, will be the subject of the upcoming ESPN documentary.
What: Youngstown Boys
When: 9 pm ET, Dec. 14 (following the Heisman Trophy presentation)
The film will also be replayed at 11 pm ET on Dec. 14 on ESPN2.
ESPN Film’s 30 for 30 also points out that fans of the series will be familiar with Youngstown Boys’ directors:
Ohio State’s improbable run to the national championship behind the freshman Clarett will undoubtedly be explored during the film. However, that alone wouldn’t be worthy of the full 30 for 30 treatment. It is the off-field issues that plagued Clarett during his brief career and after he left the confines of Ohio State that will be the main draw.
Among the hits on Clarett’s reputation was an NCAA investigation into improper benefits, his dismissal from the university and an unsuccessful challenge of the NFL’s rule that a player must be three years removed from high school to play in its league. However, that was just scratching the surface.
Clarett went down a dark path…