Title Team Reunion

miller2234's picture
October 22, 2012 at 6:26p

I wanted to see what everyone thought on the 2002 Buckeye Championship team coming back for the Michigan game, most especially, if Jim Tressel and Clarett return.  If they do come what kind of reception do you think they will receive? I hope that they cheer for them both honestly, given the fact that Jim Tressel led us through one of the greatest decades of Buckeye football, and Clarett who was obviously the key to that team that year (not to mention it seems the guy finally turned his life around). They did however both play roles in damaging Ohio State's image and ultimately two seasons between both of them.  My thinking being if Clarett had returned in '03 we probably would've returned to the MNC instead of 2 losses. 

My worry is that I can see the never satisfied/near-sighted part of this fan base may boo and chastise both without thinking about how much sacrifice and hard work was put into their time there (mostly JT - and the good he has done). I would stand and proudly support both of them for letting me live through maybe the most special season in Buckeye history, regardless of what has transpired. What's everyone elses feelings? 

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Orlando Pancakes's picture

Put me in the category of proudly cheering for both.

USAFBuckeye82's picture

I agree, definitely will be cheering for both.

jmoody's picture

I'd cheer for both but I still think Clarett is a punk and the Defense was the key to that team.

"Did you push yourself to be great today? If you didn't do it you lost a day. We ain't got many days to lose. We're going to push your a$$ like its never been pushed because what you've got in you were going to find out" UFM

Adamant73's picture

We don't win that BCS game without Mo, I don't really care for him but he had a couple crucial plays.

jmoody's picture


"Did you push yourself to be great today? If you didn't do it you lost a day. We ain't got many days to lose. We're going to push your a$$ like its never been pushed because what you've got in you were going to find out" UFM

OhioKris's picture

the strip after the pic. 
- epic

cplunk's picture

I'm sure some idiots will boo, but I really hope everybody just cheers. Those guys- all of them, not just Mo and Tress, gave a lot to Buckeye nation.

741's picture

Two great Buckeyes who absolutely deserve to be there and be cheered for... Period.

gbdawg's picture

Cheer for the 2002 National Championship Team.

johnblairgobucks's picture

Any chance Cie Grant sings "Carmen Ohio" Nov. 24th?

btalbert25's picture

You don't make it to or win the title without Tressel OR Clarrett.  Mo C has turned his life around and actually could be a HUGE asset to Ohio State in the future.  If JT is there the place is going to go Bonkers.  I want to be there in that crowd that day.  If this team is 11-0, playing in The GAME with the 2002 team and Tressel on the field, I don't know if you'll ever have a more electric and exciting crowd in Ohio Stadium again.  It really could be an amazing scene. 
All of that being said, I hope the extent of Tressel's presence is just a walk out on the field at half-time and he's not giving any speeches or anything like that.  He should be there because of his part in that title, but the school still needs to put a little time and distance between Tressel and themselves.  It's still pretty close to the whole mess that ended his tenure.  

Buckeye2005's picture

I hope Maurice gets cheers, the same amount as the other players.  I hope Tressel gets the loudest ovation ever at Ohio Stadium.  The more I think about him, the more I continue to like him.  I can't help it.  He did so much for our program and I miss him on the sidelines.  The biggest difference to me between JT and UM is that Jim Tressel buillt his reputation as a Buckeye.  UM built this reputation elsewhere and then came here to try and continue to do well.  I hope the Buckeyes cheer loudly!   

ToothBuck's picture


Two Thumbs up! Cie could sing it!

jthiel09's picture

Everyone from that team deserves praise from all those in attendance and all those at home who are Buckeye fans. They won every game that year the right way and with more thrills than most teams that have won recent titles.


RBuck's picture

No matter what happens or who shows up, I hope to hell this is televised.

Long live the southend.

Doc's picture

I'm going to cheer my brains out for the entire team.  They all deserve it!  I feel Tress will get the biggest cheer.  People at the game will realize what a truly special event this is and welcome them back gladly. 

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buckeyeEddie27's picture

Cheer loud for the Whole Team.  Mo, Tress, Everyone.

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

Dougger's picture

That team won a national championship for The Ohio State University, so regardless of who's there, whoever is there was part of something incredibly special. they deserve a standing ovation, raucous applause, and cheering, and I'll gladly give all three to those men who will stand out on that field during halftime

I like football

miller2234's picture

Good to know everyone feels the same way. I was really hoping that most people would remember how special that team and the last ten years have been. Although I can still see others causing a scene that day. At least the people on this site haven't lost their sanity.


gunni070's picture

Can't wait, I know I'll be there cheering for all of them.

brylee's picture

Anyone that would boo Tressel and Clarrett are nothing more than fair weather fans...
As for Coach Tressell being involved, I'm not sure that he would be allowed to be present, with the 5 yr. NCAA ban.  Did they implement a penalty similar to Terrelle Pryor, in which he is not allowed to be associated with Buckeye football for 5 yrs?

Savage45's picture

No one should even consider booing Tress or Clarett, that would be sickening to me, (unless you are dressed in sad and corney colors and rooting for a team with ugly helmets). I'll probably cheer loudest for those two, plus Mike Doss!

AirForceNUT's picture

I'll be there and i'm going to lose my voice within the first 5 minutes...

Bolt's picture

I seriously hope they return. There would not not be a 10 year reunion of this team if it weren't for those two. For anyone upset by it, view it as a celebration of the team as a whole and focus less on the individuals. This should be the celebration of the single greatest sports season I've ever experienced and Tress and Clarett were major parts of that.

legates54's picture

I would cheer.  I spoke with Clarrett before the Nebraska game and all I could muster up was that play when he took the ball back from Sean Taylor in the championship game how great it was because frankly that was a great play.  I have meet Jimbo (close friends call him that) a couple of times.  He stopped in a spoke with my mother when she had he hip replaced and as big of a football fan she is they only spoke about education (she was a math teacher).  They are always welcome here