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ESPN’s "Youngstown Boys" Tells Maurice Clarett’s Story as Clarett Wanted It Told

“Youngstown Boys,” the newest installment of ESPN’s esteemed 30 for 30 documentary series, premiered Saturday night following the 2013 Heisman Trophy ceremony. While the documentaries consistently draw national audiences for their intriguing storylines and high quality, Saturday’s film was of considerable interest to the Ohio State community. It set out to tell the story of two former Buckeyes greats, running back Maurice Clarett and coach Jim Tressel, from their rises to fame in northeast Ohio to their glory and subsequent downfalls in Columbus. Or at least that was how it was promoted. Though the pluralized title of the film and the hype leading up to it gave the impression that it would delve into detail about the stories of both men, it focused on Clarett. Tressel was an important character in that story as the head coach of OSU, but the film’s inclusion of Tressel came within the context of Clarett’s story. As for the story of Clarett’s rise and fall, it was well assembled by the film’s directors, brothers Jeff and Michael Zimbalist. One of my favorite parts about the film was its use of various footage, from game highlights to press conferences, to capture the emotion from the championship to the controversy. I appreciated that the highlight package shown from the 2002 OSU-Michigan game was assembled entirely of video and audio clips from the game itself, not littered with retold stories of the game. Footage of that season’s BCS National…

Jim Tressel and Maurice Clarett’s Story Makes Youngstown Boys a Must-See

Whether you love, hate or are indifferent about Ohio State Buckeyes football, the new ESPN 30 for 30 documentary Youngstown Boys likely has something to offer. It tells a story of two important figures who embodied the good, bad and ugly of college football culture. The film examines the story of former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel and running back Maurice Clarett. Both men have roots in Youngstown—hence the title—and together they played a major role in the Buckeyes’ first championship in 34 years in 2002. Tressel came to Ohio State after a successful but tainted tenure at Youngstown State in 2000. He quickly guided the Buckeyes to the top of the college football landscape. In just his second year as head coach, the Buckeyes beat the heavily favored Miami Hurricanes to win the national championship. For the next nine years, Tressel guided the Buckeyes to success. He amassed the third-most wins of any coach in Buckeyes history, but his failure to notify the school of NCAA violations involving Ohio State football players led to his suspension and subsequent departure from the school. In 2002 when the Buckeyes were having their magical 14-0 season, Clarett was a freshman running back who was taking the nation by storm. He ran for 1,237 yards and 16 touchdowns that season, but NCAA violations squashed his sophomore season. He unsuccessfully tried to challenge the NFL’s early-entrant laws after receiving his punishment for the…

ESPN 30 for 30 Youngstown Boys: Complete Preview for Maurice Clarett Documentary

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) Where: ESPN 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…

Maurice Clarett Trolling Urban Meyer on Twitter

Maurice Clarett may be 11 years removed from leading Ohio State to the BCS title, but that hasn’t prevented the outspoken running back from voicing his opinions on the current squad. The latest bit came during the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ road trip against No. 16 Northwestern on Saturday: I fumbled 3 times in Evanston…. @JimTressel5 l kept me in. Gotta stay with your key guys in tough times. — Maurice Clarett (@ReeseClarett13) October 6, 2013 His tweet is likely in response to camera’s during ABC’s broadcast showing Ohio State backup quarterback Kenny Guiton warming up on the sidelines. A decision head coach Urban Meyer made after watching starter Braxton Miller fumble the ball away on the Wildcats’ seven-yard line. It was the junior’s second fumble of the night and third turnover overall. The game Clarett was referring to is the Buckeyes’ 27-16 road victory against the Wildcats back on Oct. 5, 2002. The then-freshman fumbled twice on Ohio State’s first three drives and three times in the game. However, then-head coach Jim Tressel stuck with his workhorse. Clarett rewarded his coach by rushing for 140 yards and two touchdowns to help the Buckeyes improve to 6-0. Eight games later, he ran home the winning touchdown in the BCS title game while setting a school record for rushing yards by a freshman (1,237 YDS). Ironically, Miller is also trying to help push a 5-0 Ohio State squad to a BCS title. During…

Photo: Impressive tattoo of Jim Tressel’s face on a guy’s arm

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This tattoo was sent out by Maurice Clarett on his Instagram account. (and no it’s not Clarett’s arm) Does anyone know who this guy is or do you have a Buckeye tattoo you’d like to show off?  If so let …

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All in ‘The Game:’ Top OSU moments

COLUMBUS, Ohio — There were looks back, forward and even into a fictional fantasy land where rivals could trade players. To wrap up a week of “The Game,” though, the focus is once again on the past. BuckeyeNation is taking a look at five of the most memorable moments in the storied history between Ohio State and Michigan. They will have a chance to provide yet another chapter on Nov. 30 with what figures to be plenty on the line. Of course, that’s hardly an exception for the Buckeyes and Wolverines. And there’s no shortage of evidence even on an abbreviated list to prove that point. 2002: Ohio State 14, Michigan 9 Jim Tressel turned the tide a year earlier, famously setting the tone for his successful tenure by backing up his claims that Ohio State fans would be proud of their team in his first meeting with Michigan in 2001 with an upset victory. But it was his narrow victory the next year with freshman Maurice Clarett supplying one of only two touchdowns in the game that propelled the Buckeyes to the national…

Ohio State Football: Looking Back at Maurice Clarett a Decade After Leaving OSU

The last time Ohio State won the national championship in the 2002 season, then-freshman running back Maurice Clarett had taken the college football world by storm. However, no one knew that his game-winning touchdown in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl would be the last time Clarett touched the football in major football. A long road that involved a three-year stay in prison had changed Clarett from the football player we all admired for several electrifying months into a man still trying to make a positive impact on the world. One thing is for sure—he has come a very long way. Clarett is a changed man who has matured, though the life he is living now is a farcry from what he thought he would have been doing after his freshman season. In his only season, Clarett had 222 carries for 1,237 yards and 18 touchdowns, and helped lead the Buckeyes to their first national title since 1970. The next

Ohio State Football: Catching Up with Maurice Clarett

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 …

Ohio State Football: Former OSU RB Maurice Clarett Eyeing 2016 Olympics

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When Buckeyes fans watched freshman phenom Maurice Clarett run through, over and by opposing defenses during Ohio State’s national title campaign in 2002, it was easy to imagine the bull-headed running back doing the same thing at …

Ohio State Football: Monitoring Student-Athletes’ Spending Won’t Fix Anything

From Maurice Clarett to Terrell Owens to Antoine Walker, the stories of former college and professional athletes going broke is not a newsflash. Despite the belief of some, monitoring their bank accounts won’t stop this occurrence.
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