Maurice Clarett: Former Ohio State Star Talks About Being Paid While in College
Former Ohio State star running back Maurice Clarett came clean about living an NFL lifestyle while he was with the Buckeyes, according to author Monte Burke in his book 4th & Goal: One Man's Quest to Recapture His Dream.
The book follows former Omaha Nighthawks coach Joe Moglia, who coached Clarett while he was in the United Football League. While a member of the Nighthawks, Clarett allegedly addressed his teammates and confessed some of his past transgressions while attending OSU.
"Away from class, anything you can think of I did in my 13 months at Ohio State." Drugs and women were two of the things. Cars were another—he owned three of them at a time, including a brand-new Cadillac and Lexus. "I was living the NFL life in college," he says. "I got paid more in college than I do now in the UFL."
Whether these retroactive assertions are subject to any sort of review by the NCAA is unclear, but what is clear is that Clarett was living a life of no limitation in his brief career at Ohio State.
After winning a national title under head coach Jim Tressel as a freshman, running for 1,237 yards and 18 total touchdowns, Clarett went off the rails.
He ultimately landed in prison in 2006 for a sentence of seven years, which was eventually reduced to three years and six months under a plea bargain (h/t ESPN), for robbery and concealed weapons charges.
Since the Tressel era at Ohio State has been over for quite some time amidst NCAA allegations, it further confirms the notion that suggests the administration was turning a blind eye to the conduct of some of its star football players.
That's what got Tressel ousted in the first place and this will only do more to dent his legacy, despite his accomplishments on the field.
It's already known that Clarett filed a false police report and accepted thousands of dollars in special benefits.
Heisman winner Troy Smith also got caught accepting booster money, while the tattoo scandal and other violations involving Terrelle Pryor, Daniel Herron and DeVier Posey most prominently signaled the ultimate demise of Tressel.
These recent confessions by Clarett only cast a larger cloud over the Ohio State program following its undefeated year and postseason ban in 2012.
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