You can maybe call 2002 the last glory season of the Big Ten. That year, the Ohio State Buckeyes ran the table in the regular season, and would go on to pull off one of the biggest upsets of all-time by defeating the Miami Hurricanes in the BCS Championship Game in overtime.
That season also introduced to two people who would go on to become two of the more scrutinized figures in the history of college football, head coach Jim Tressel and freshman running back Maurice Clarett.
Little did we know at the time that that would be the last game that Clarett would ever play in a Buckeye uniform. He would go on to have a legal battle with the NFL about early eligibility, end up finally spending some time–albeit unsuccessful–with a few NFL teams and then deal with a barrage of legal troubles of his own.
Tressel stayed with the program and continued to have success, including two more appearances in championship games, but would also unceremoniously exit the school following the infamous tattoo scandal.
For those that may be unfamiliar of what I’m talking about, that’s okay because, once again, ESPN’s “30 for 30″ series has you covered.
Filmmakers have been in Columbus the past year filming their latest documentary which will be titled “Youngstown Boys.” Recently, Clarett viewed it and he’s ecstatic about us all getting to see it, which will be this December:
Just seen my 30 for 30… Official release date is December 14th…. I can’t wait for ppl to view it. #YoungstownBoys
— Maurice Clarett (@ReeseClarett13) October 7, 2013