Ohio State’s favorite son, Maurice Clarett is back to hanging out on campus during football weekends with his old buddy, and fellow Buckeye, Roy Hall. The guys have been setting up a tailgating tent and selling t-shirts for Hall’s Driven Foundation, a non-profit organization that preaches community outreach for the less fortunate.
Clarett, once the most hated man in Columbus, seems to have healed wounds with time. The story of academic scandal, athletic scandal, guns, cars, armed robbery and the BCS championship game won’t fade from Buckeye fan’s memory. It has been over two years since he was released from jail.
And he’s back. Sure, Clarett attended classes on campus in 2010, but this is the most public he’s been since getting out of jail. The t-shirt selling gig with Hall is just part of the rebirth of Clarett at OSU. He has also started work on the ESPN 30 for 30 piece that’ll air this fall.
“30 for 30 is entering Columbus today!!!!! Lights, Camera, Action…..,” he tweeted last week. That same night, Clarett tweeted a photo of himself with executive producer Gary Cohen. “Opportunity to share story to the world!!!!!!! God is Good,” the running back has tweeted.
Of course this is the year of redemption at Ohio State. There are plans to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the BCS title team. Yes, that celebration will likely include Clarett and Jim Tressel.
In other words, get ready to get a healthy dose of the formerly hated man on the Ohio State campus.