‘Youngstown Boys’ doc features Clarett, Tressel

The Plain Dealer


Jim Tressel and Maurice Clarett are back together — at least on your television screens.

As part of its “30 for 30” series, ESPN will air a movie on the former Ohio State coach and running back called “Youngstown Boys” on Dec. 14.

Clarett wrote on his Twitter account Monday that the film will be broadcast after the Heisman Trophy ceremony: “Just seen my 30 for 30... Official release date is December 14th.... I can’t wait for ppl to view it. #YoungstownBoys”

On its “30 for 30” website, ESPN described the film as “The interconnected journey and evolving relationship of two former Ohio State stars — RB Maurice Clarett and coach Jim Tressel.”

Tressel, the former YSU football coach, and Clarett, a South Sider, helped lead Ohio State to a national championship during the 2002 season before Clarett’s college career evaporated under a cloud of NCAA investigations.

He was sentenced to prison in 2006 after a plea deal on a robbery charge. After his release, he returned to Ohio State as a student in 2010 and worked out regularly at the football facility.

Tressel and Clarett returned to Ohio Stadium together last fall for the 10-year reunion of that title team. Tressel now works for the University of Akron, where teaches a class on coaching.

Clarett has been talking for a while about his involvement in a movie about his life. And now it’s ready.

Tweeted Clarett, “I put my heart and soul into this film and I promise it shows.”

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