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Buckeyes’ Tressel pleased for Clarett

Published: Wed, July 28, 2010 @ 12:07 a.m.

By Ken Gordon

The Columbus Dispatch


Ohio State coach Jim Tressel made it clear that he has been, and will continue to be, one of Maurice Clarett’s biggest supporters.


Former Ohio State football running back Maurice Clarett


Ohio State coach Jim Tressel

Clarett started taking classes Monday at OSU, the scene of so many of the former running back’s triumphs and troubles.

Tressel has kept in touch with Clarett over the years, through his arrest and eventual time in prison for robbery and weapons charges. He was released in April and now is living in a step-down correctional facility in Columbus.

“We’ve been working for about the last three months, trying to get the I’s dotted and the T’s crossed and get him back in [to OSU] and moving toward a degree,” Tressel said. “In fact, he just told me after his first day of class [Monday], he said he woke up at 4:30 and he grabbed his book and just started studying.

“He was excited. He says he’s going to do well, and he said it’s just so neat for him to be back in the classroom.”

Tressel said it was rewarding to see the troubled former player make a positive step.

“It’s what you hope for,” he said. “We all make mistakes, and some are different mistakes than others. But there are always consequences for whatever the mistake is, and if you take care of that, usually the world is a forgiving world and gives you an opportunity — if you’ll do the right things — to move forward, and that’s what he’s trying to do.”

While many OSU fans still harbor strong negative feelings about Clarett, who accused the football program of committing NCAA violations, Tressel does not share those feelings.

“Any time someone is part of your life, even if it doesn’t go well, when [he tries] to get it squared away, you’ve got to continue to be there for him,” Tressel said. “That’s just the way we do things.”


1YtownSports(306 comments)posted 6 years ago

I hope Clarett doesn't betray Coach Tressel's faith in him...AGAIN.

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2mrblue(1175 comments)posted 6 years ago

Is this clown getting a free ride?

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3ysupenguins_com(108 comments)posted 6 years ago

I agree with both of you. We are paying for this.

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4JME(802 comments)posted 6 years ago

mrblue, he may not be getting a free ride, but as an Ohio resident, part of the tuition at State universities (such as OSU and YSU) is covered by taxes.

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5JME(802 comments)posted 6 years ago

If you want to get an idea of how much the State of Ohio is contributing toward tuition, compare the huge difference between an Ohio resident and an out-of-state resident.

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6sknirak(120 comments)posted 6 years ago

Can he play again? Any eligibility left?

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7woolyd(579 comments)posted 6 years ago

He tried to enroll at Michigan however the academic standards are higher than at Ohio State and he was denied admission.

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8YSUGRAD(134 comments)posted 6 years ago

He's not eligible to play again, he was paid in the NFL. I seriously doubt that he has it anymore anyways. I am sure that he will do something to make Tressel look like a fool. I worked 3 jobs to put myself through school, something is wrong when a convicted felon gets a free ride.

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9cowboy(1 comment)posted 6 years ago

don't know who is paying for it, and do not care, I do hope he takes advantage of this opportunity and and gets his life on track. Only time will tell, we should know more as time progresses if he is serious about getting it together.

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