That’s former Buckeyes football coach Jim Tressel with his arm around Maurice Clarett on Saturday at a charity basketball game in Ohio. Together again.
The two were part of The Comeback Charity Project game, which happens to be Maurice’s charity. Yes, Clarett has a charity.
How could Tressel turn down playing basketball for a good cause. According to the Warren (O.) Tribune Chronicle, Jim wouldn’t miss this game for the world.
“It’s one of the blessings about growing up in Ohio, and I’m sure everyone has pride in where they grew up,” Tressel said. “Our good folks never forget about one another, and they invest their most valuable things, which is their time to help their communities.”
Tressel’s feelings towards Clarett, a guy who started the eventual destruction of his OSU coaching career, haven’t changed over the years. They’re forever tied to each other.
“It affirms what I knew he was capable of,” Tressel said. “Things happen in life – that’s the way it is – and he didn’t allow that to stop him from doing the great things he wants to do. This is just the beginning.”
As for the basketball game, Tressel was 0 for 2 from the field. “The first one rattled in and out. Then I lost my confidence after that,” he told the Youngstown Vindicator.
Sidenote: Trent Richardson scored 12.