BIG TEN FOOTBALL: Ohio State's Eugene Clifford to Transfer

Kristofer GreenSenior Writer IJuly 27, 2008

Jim Tressel confirmed Eugene Clifford's departure from Ohio State for Tennessee State on Friday at the Big Ten's 37th Annual Kickoff Luncheon.

"Eugene is a great kid and in my opinion he just needs a fresh start," Tressel said. "He's going to be fine and I'm hoping someday that we see him graduate. (He has) great ability. I think it'll be a very healthy situation being a little further distance from home in this particular case and hopefully good things can happen."

Clifford was dismissed from the Buckeyes after allegedly punching two employees of the Holy Grail sports bar while the employees were trying to break up a fight. He was also suspended from traveling with the team to the 2007 National Championship game after breaking unspecified team rules.

Clifford may have never gotten the chance to live up to his billing in his lone season at Ohio State, but at least he'll get plenty of opportunities to continue to play and get his life back in order at Tennessee State. 

Clifford's departure will open up one more scholarship for Ohio State's already strong 2009 recruiting class.

Related

    Harbaugh on Rivalry Trash Talk: 'We Could All Use a Break'

    College Football logo
    College Football

    Harbaugh on Rivalry Trash Talk: 'We Could All Use a Break'

    Nick Baumgardner
    via Detroit Free Press

    Can Buckeyes Make the Playoff with These Issues?

    Ohio State Football logo
    Ohio State Football

    Can Buckeyes Make the Playoff with These Issues?

    Scarlet and Game
    via Scarlet and Game

    Buckeyes Getting Healthier, ‘Hoping’ Nick Bosa Will Return Soon

    Ohio State Football logo
    Ohio State Football

    Buckeyes Getting Healthier, ‘Hoping’ Nick Bosa Will Return Soon

    Austin Ward
    via Lettermen Row

    Urban Meyer Addresses Concerns Over OSU’s Defense, Running Game

    Ohio State Football logo
    Ohio State Football

    Urban Meyer Addresses Concerns Over OSU’s Defense, Running Game

    Land-Grant Holy Land
    via Land-Grant Holy Land