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Maurice Clarett attending classes at Ohio State

Published: Mon, July 26, 2010 @ 8:06 p.m.

Maurice Clarett, the former Ohio State football standout from Youngstown who spent more than three years in prison, is once again attending classes at OSU, the university announced on Monday.

Clarett started classes on Monday, after the university allowed him reentry, an Ohio State spokesman said in a statement released Monday evening.

“This is a surreal feeling to be back at Ohio State in such a supportive environment,” Clarett said in a statement. “I have looked forward to being back in school and I’m doing my best to fit in with other students. I don’t want to be a distraction or nuisance to the football team or to students on campus.”

Clarett served more than 3 1/2 years in the Toledo Correctional Institution for aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon.

After a standout career at Austintown Fitch for one season and Warren Harding for three, Clarett was named Mr. Football following the 2001 season.

He was the starting tailback on Ohio State’s 2002 football team that went undefeated and won the national championship. He never played a game for the Buckeyes after the 2002 season.

He was a third-round draft choice by the Denver Broncos in 2005 but never saw action in a regular-season game.

On Jan. 1, 2006, Clarett was charged with aggravated robbery after police said he flashed a gun at people outside a bar and robbed them of a cell phone. Then, on Aug. 9, Clarett was arrested after a chase when police said that they tried to stop him for a traffic violation.


1Nunya(1356 comments)posted 6 years ago

This is great,..

I'm pleased to see this published. The only thing missing is noting Mr. Clarett's apology to the victims.

This young man can be a success and a testament. To how one whom became overwhelmed and misguided. Can pay his debts to society and settle down and get on the right track.

As a Buckeye fan that youngman hand delivered a National championship on the field of play where odds makers and analysts.

Collectively alleged that the best we Buckeye fans and those players could have hoped for. Was not getting totally embarrassed via a hefty double digit blowout at the hands of the alleged invincible Miami University.

It was a team effort and an incredible win that had Clarett not had the field awareness and toughness. To have turned that interception into another Buckeye possession the game would have been loss in the first half.

Then the way he battered Miami's defense carrying the ball in the second half and punched it in for that HUGE touchdown no way do we get that championship.

Now Clarett's carrying the ball in life for himself and if he's serious about winning again I'll damn sure block for him.

That's not just any former player or young man that's to be misrepresented or maligned. That's one of mine from the same area I came from and now I'm going to support him in his efforts to be a winner at life.

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2woolyd(579 comments)posted 6 years ago

NUNYA he should have been ineligible for the title game because he was having academic issues but thats in the past. Well as a Michigan fan this may definitely turn out to be ammunition to Nohio State jokes.

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3wastepro(59 comments)posted 6 years ago

I thought there were academic standards at Ohio State's main campus.
Now how in the heck did he get in. Maybe they have a program for ex-cons.

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