"30 for 30" on Maurice Clarett and Jim Tressel Set to Debut Dec. 14

By Kyle Rowland on October 7, 2013 at 5:21p
Clarett and Tressel, together again.

Production of "Youngstown Boys" has been ongoing for more than a year now. The film, which is part of ESPN's "30 for 30" series, will air on Dec. 14. It's billed as "The interconnected journey and evolving relationship of two former Ohio State stars — running back Maurice Clarett and head coach Jim Tressel."

Ratings in Ohio are sure to soar for a film involving two of the central figures in Ohio State's 2002 national championship season. Since that season, though, Clarett and Tressel have been on a remarkable journey.

Clarett never played another game for Ohio State, accused the football program of serious violations and eventually spent time in prison after a plea deal on a robbery charge. Tressel continued his winning ways in Columbus after Clarett left the Buckeyes, but his tenure also ended in unceremonious fashion, clouded by NCAA rule breaking.  

But the duo has rebuilt their relationship with one another and their public image. Clarett took classes at Ohio State in 2010, and Tressel now holds a position at the University of Akron, teaching a class and being an ambassador for the school. 

Both were present in Ohio Stadium last November, when the 2002 team was honored in a 10-year anniversary event. Tressel was cheered wildly and carried off the field on the shoulders of his former players. 

Clarett was in Columbus last year filming with ESPN. While in town, he attended the Wisconsin game and attended Eat Too, Brutus III. 


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Hovenaut's picture

Looking forward to this, glad it's being aired then to help out that pre-bowl downtime.

buckeyeEddie27's picture

Buckeye hoops my friend, Buckeye hoops.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Hoping this has a positive spin and take away.

Hovenaut's picture

I hear you Ed....usually pro football keeps me sated over the holidays, not getting into Buckeye hoops until after the bowl game.

Think I'll be tuning into Matta and company from the get this year.....hoping it's a good one.

buckeyeEddie27's picture

Me too.  I'm not too huge into Pro ball, so for me there is almost nothing else.  Once football starts it's so awesome because you get a football and basketball combo until March.  Gets me through the cold months.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

osu07asu10's picture

What a duo...

CJDPHoS Board of Directors // Best friends with Homey Hache

The 0 is silent.

jeremytwoface's picture

Can't wait for this...

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

throttlefinger's picture

If it weren't for the 30 for 30 series, ESPN would be intolerable. 

RedStorm45's picture

"Clarett was recently in Columbus with ESPN finishing up production of the film. While in town, he attended the Nebraska game and attended Eat Too, Brutus."
Recently...as in last year?

JollyFatMan's picture

Ahh Youngstown. How you have molded the world.. lol.

How firm thy friendship..

DefendYoungstown's picture

Can't wait!!!!

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

BuckeyeChief's picture

I can't wait for this!

"2014 National Champions...deal with it!!!"

SensibleBuckeye's picture

Put me down as one to take a "wait & see" approach on this Christmas time tidbit from ESPN.  The "Worldwide Leader" has a history of conducting the classic "bait & switch" when it comes to OSU stories you think may have a positive spin, only to find a lump of coal at the bottom of our holiday stocking...so unless and until I see a positive spin on this story I'll proceed with caution.

Ramzy Nasrallah's picture

Been talking to Clarett about this project since it started. It's pretty fascinating - the directors of The Two Escobars took it on and had it already constructed conceptually, but once they saw the depths of the relationship between MC and JT they changed the entire angle and built it around the two of them.

He screened it over the weekend for the first time and was blown away. Said that they took what's an extremely complicated story and rendered it down. 

Will be doing a story with him on this that will run in December prior to the first airing. It will be our third piece together. (here are the first and second stories for those who haven't seen them).

Hovenaut's picture

Very cool Ramz....looking forward to your writeup as well.

headina's picture

The two escobars is awesome. This should be as well. 


OurHonorDefend09's picture

As a Youngstown guy who has interacted with both men on several occasions, I'm interested to get a behind the scenes on their lives and relationship. Consider me excited.

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

BuckNutInAnnArbor's picture


"...but then again 'Michigan' and 'huge mistake' are synonymous so that shouldn't have been much of a surprise to anybody."  - Mark Titus

Hoody Wayes's picture

I've known a few Youngstown girls.

Nutbuck1959's picture

I have been very touched by the way JT never gave up on MC... It shows the type of man he truly is as opposed to how he was portrayed in the media during Tatgate.

OSUStu's picture

I am honestly a little worried that Tress has been made a subject of this film.  For all the good he has done, the film may just highlight the negative.  I don't think any of us would be surprised by that, but I would certainly be disappointed because I have been expecting something different since this 30 for 30 was announced.  I was more interested in hearing about Mo's work to change the direction of his own life.  
I will now be cautiously optimistic come December.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

stubbzzz's picture

yeah, good point.  I'd be really surprised if they got Tressel to even talk very much about it, let alone defend himself or speak candidly in a way that might paint him in a better light.

gravey's picture

I hate ESPN so much.  I'm not sure I'll even watch this.  I hate the thought of my viewership is helping pay Mark May's salary...and the salary of that band of trolls.
Wish the BTN would step up their game a bit and do more of these.  They've done a few that aren't half bad....but then I'm helping pay Gerry DiNardo's salary.  That's unsettling for different reasons.

stubbzzz's picture

I hope they include the part about the Italian mafia in Youngstown and the Israeli mafia in California being after Clarrett when he didn't make it to the NFL.  I read one article about that several years ago, after he went to jail, and that's the only time I ever heard anything about.  that part of the story seems like it could be a movie by itself.